This program is designed to empower and provide opportunities for Aboriginal organisations to undertake projects that:
- contribute to ongoing sustainable management of significant Aboriginal cultural landscapes in New South Wales
- contribute to healthier environments and communities
- develop the project management capabilities of Aboriginal groups
- encourage new collaborations and positive relationships with other organisations, government and stakeholders.
Projects under the Protecting our Places program are implemented over two stages:
- Stage 1 – planning from 6 to 12 months in duration.
- Stage 2 – implementation from 18 to 24 months in duration.
Note: Projects do not automatically progress from Stage 1 to Stage 2. After Stage 1, projects are assessed against set criteria for approval to progress to Stage 2.
See the 2019 program guide (PDF 1.1MB) for more information.
Grants of up to $60,000 are available over the two stages:
- Stage 1 Planning – up to $10,000 for project planning
- Stage 2 Implementation – up to $50,000 to complete the project on-ground works.
For each grant recipient, we will coordinate and deliver face to face workshops for two key staff/participants in your project at the beginning of Stage 1.
These workshops will provide:
- project specific training
- mentoring and advice
- understanding of the Trust’s reporting requirements.
You do not have to contribute matching funds, however, if you can your application may be more competitive. You can make:
- financial contributions – money from your organisation or project partners
- in-kind contributions – donations of goods, services, staff time, expertise, or use of facilities or equipment.
Types of activities funded
The 2019 program guide (PDF 1.1MB) explains what we will fund.
Different activities are eligible in each stage – planning and implementation. No on-ground works will be funded during the Stage 1 Planning stage.
In the planning stage of the project, we can help you:
- identify your project key stakeholders
- determine what permits, licenses, approvals you may need
- prepare a project implementation plan (which includes how to monitor and evaluate your project).
We can provide:
- project management and training developed specific to your project
- support to help you develop your project implementation plan
- access to online tools, resources and support for continued help over 12 months
- periodic project management support and advice over the life of the project.
At any time during the project you can ask us for advice about managing the project.