Indigenous Languages Grants

The importance of language

Language is central to identity and connects people to culture, country and kin. Language is also critical to sharing and preserving cultural knowledge and understanding.

With very few fluent speakers remaining, many languages could easily be lost in the next few decades. The loss of language means the loss of cultural heritage that incorporates unique ways of knowing and experiencing the world.

Ensuring children learn Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages is an integral part of preservation—as the leaders of tomorrow, they will be responsible for carrying languages and culture forward into the future.

2020 grant recipients

*Regions are based on where the program is being delivered for the organisation.

*RegionOrganisation Program name Program locations
Cairns and Hinterland Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation Eastern Yalanjiwarra Kuku Project: Keeping Our Kuku Strong Mossman
Cairns and Hinterland Mossman State School P&C Bush Tucker and Bush Medicine of the Eastern Yalanji People Bilingual Book Mossman
Cairns and Hinterland Radio Cairns Pty Ltd Indigenous Language Program Cairns City
Cairns and Hinterland Wanyurr-Majay Aboriginal Corporation Welcoming Wanyurr-Majay Fishery Falls
Cairns and Hinterland, Cape and Torres Cape York Institute - Pama Language Centre 'Through our Eyes, in Our Words: History in Ancestral Languages' Resource Cairns, Hope Vale
Cape and Torres Anglican Torres Strait Islander Parish Prayer Book and Hymn Book in the Languages of the Torres Strait Thursday Island
Cape and Torres Aurukun Shire Council Reviving and Celebrating Our Languages: Aurukun, Cape York Peninsula Aurukun
Cape and Torres Gur A Baradharaw Kod Torres Strait Sea and Land Council Erubmer'u Batagrawem: A Living First Language Program Ugar Island, Erub Island
Cape and Torres Yintjingga Aboriginal Corporation Sharing Lamalama Languages Through Our Seasonal Calendar Coen
Central Queensland Butchulla Aboriginal Corporation Wongari mil K’gari nhamga-dhi (Dingo on Country – Looking Through Their Eyes) Kingfisher Bay
Central Queensland Gracemere State School P&C Gracemere State School Culture and Languages Program Gracemere
Central Queensland Murgon State Primary School P&C The Bari Biri Outdoor Learning Space and Wakka Wakka Revival Project Murgon
North Queensland Mirndiyan Gununa Aboriginal Corporation Songman Camp Wellesley Islands
North Queensland Remote Reading Limited Little Lois: Waanyi Elders' Stories for Language Promotion and Preservation Gregory
South East Qld (North) Australian Football Indigenous Corporation Stories About the Law and the Lore Visualised by Paintings and Language Caboolture
South East Qld (North) Queensland Police Citizens Youth Welfare Association Three Pillars Project Caboolture
South East Qld (North) Centenary State High School P&C Connecting to Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander Culture Through Yarning Jindalee
South East Qld (North) Gubbi Gubbi Dyungungoo Group Inc. Gubbi Gubbi Language Signs Ningi
South East Qld (North) Inala Wangarra Incorporated Mabuyag Language Workshop Inala
South East Qld (North) Minjerribah Moorgumpin Elders in Council Aboriginal Corporation Sharing the Indigenous Languages of the Islands of Minjerribah and Moorgumpin and the Mainland of Moreton Bay Dunwich
South East Qld (North) Salt Water Murris Quandamooka Art Gallery Jandai Visual Stories: The stories Seen and Heard on Quandamooka Country Dunwich
South East Qld (North) Morayfield State High School P&C Gubbi Gubbi Language Project Morayfield
South East Qld (North) Mountain Creek State High School P&C Indigenous Language Signage and Artwork Mountain Creek
South East Qld (North) Yugara Yugarapul Aboriginal Corporation Yuggara Language Dictionary South Brisbane, Richlands
South East Qld (South) Mudgeeraba Creek State School P&C Celebrating, Sharing and Preserving Yugambeh Language at Mudgeeraba Creek Mudgeeraba
South East Qld (South) Scenic Rim Regional Council Indigenous Language in Libraries Canungra, Tamborine Mountain, Boonah, Beaudesert
South East Qld (South) Tamborine Mountain State School (School Council/P&C) Jingeri Gaureima Tamborine Mountain
South East Qld (South) Woodlands Early Education Indigenous Language and Culture Week Waterford

Previous grant recipients

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