The Indigenous Languages and Arts Program (ILA) is now open for grant applications.

Group of First Nations choir boys are pictured standing in a bush landscape at dusk. They wear black and green uniforms.
Moorambilla Voices - The Shape of Water. Photography by Moni Carroll. Voices RIVERSONG22 Gala Performance.

The ILA supports First Nations Australians to express, conserve and maintain their cultures through languages and arts activities.

Grants are now available for activities that conserve, revitalise and sustain First Nations languages through:

  • Supporting the use of spoken language in everyday life by facilitating language transmission and practise in a range of contexts through culturally appropriate learning and teaching activities.
  • Supporting community members to improve their language knowledge and skills and build capacity in the sector by providing language learning and teaching pathways that include opportunities to gain formal qualifications in learning and teaching an Indigenous language.
  • Recording, conserving and making available First Nation languages using digital technology in an innovative and culturally appropriate way.
  • Facilitating the use of First Nation languages in everyday life by producing and providing access to language materials used in activities that facilitate the transmission of language, enabling community to enjoy, learn, use and teach their languages.

Support is also available for projects promoting and celebrating First Nations cultural expression through:

  • Developing, producing, presenting, exhibiting or performing a diverse range of traditional and contemporary First Nations art forms which could include dance, theatre, film, literature, music.
  • Promoting and celebrating First Nations art forms and providing access to arts activities that enable community to enjoy, connect and take pride in their cultures.

All information for this grant opportunity, including the ILA 2024-25 Program Guidelines and ILA 2024-25  Frequently Asked Questions are available on the Australian Government’s GrantConnect website.

Applications close 11.30pm (AEST) 12 March 2024.