$7.4m in grants to help LGs stage Australia Day 2022 events

Councils around Australia have one more week to secure up to $30,000 in grants for community events delivered on Australia Day 2022.

The grants are being made available through the National Australia Day Council (NADC).

NADC chief executive Karlie Brand said councils play a vital role in marking Australia Day, delivering hundreds of events, including Welcomes to Country, citizenship ceremonies, morning teas, and multicultural festivals.

In 2021, the NADC provided 416 grants totalling more than $7 million to enable Australians to gather and celebrate on 26 January.

For 2022, Australia Day event hosts can apply for up to $20,000 to deliver events using the NADC’s message of “Reflect. Respect. Celebrate. We’re all part of the story”.

Applicants that collaborate with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to incorporate activities that reflect and respect the history of local indigenous people and celebrate their culture will be eligible to apply for an additional $10,000.

Applicants will need to detail how they plan to display material and collateral promoting the council’s Australia Day message and branding.

They will also need to provide information on how the event will comply with their state or territory’s COVID-safe regulations and have contingency plans should public health restrictions prevent in-person events on Australia Day 2022.

Click here to check eligibility, read the grant guidelines and apply for a grant. Applications close at 5pm AEDT on 19 November.