About the grants program
The Reef Guardian Sea Country Grants fund Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land and sea management organisations who support Traditional Owners delivering sea country and heritage management projects.
The objectives of the grant opportunity is to support initiatives that keep Indigenous heritage values of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park (including environmental, tangible and intangible heritage values) strong, safe and healthy. This may include projects that:
- provide resources and experiences to build Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage knowledge about the Reef, including identification, mapping, intergenerational sharing and promotion
- recognise and foster leadership in Sea Country management, including skills and leadership development
- encourage and support action to provide on-ground sea country conservation and protection, and to influence others to do so
- build networks and facilitate partnerships to build more effective and efficient stewardship of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage values.
Applying for a grant
To apply for a grant, you will need to register with the online SmartyGrants portal. Further information about the application process and how to register can be found on the SmartyGrants website.
The theme of this grant round is 'Connecting People to the Reef and each other'.
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority recognises that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traditional Owners have long and continuing connections with the Great Barrier Reef, its natural resources and each other. Our aim is to facilitate knowledge building and local stewardship, and increase recognition and protection of Indigenous heritage by supporting projects that build upon and capture Indigenous heritage knowledge, foster leadership, support and influence on-ground actions or create effective partnerships. For example, innovating ways to carry out culture, connecting and collaborating with the Authority and others, and exchanging or capturing knowledge and language, story maps or seasonal calendars about the Reef, islands and coastlines.
Indigenous knowledge in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is valued and part of the fabric of our iconic Reef and its rich cultural values.
The grants can be used to bring your family together onto Sea Country to share knowledge, to purchase software and to undertake training in how to create projects like these ones:
- Learn and create a catchment story in local language with your elders showing place names and dreamtime or creation stories.
- Learn and create a calendar or capture your traditional ecological knowledge, like this Torres Strait Islander Seasonal Calendar.
- Learn and create a web page to store and share information, like the Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation.