Connecting to Country

The Connecting to Country program supports projects that enable Western Australian Aboriginal people and organisations to undertake on Country activities that foster the intergenerational transfer of  knowledge, preservation of culture and strengthening of communities.

A group of Warlayirti Artists walking on Country
Image credit: Passing stories down to the next generations. Ngurra Kutjuwarra (On Country, Together), Warlayirti Artists Aboriginal Corporation, Great Sandy Desert, Western Australia, June 2021. Photo by Lucinda White.

The program intends to:

  • facilitate sharing of cultural knowledge and skills between generations, such as the preservation of language, stories and dance
  • recognise Aboriginal cultural leadership within the Aboriginal community and support leadership development in young people
  • contribute to stronger community mental health and wellbeing
  • strengthen, protect and maintain traditional ways of maintaining cultural knowledge.


Applications are open to Western Australian based:

  • Aboriginal individuals
  • Aboriginal groups including youth, community, men’s and women’s groups
  • Aboriginal-led organisations including art, community, cultural, language, media, health, or ranger organisations
  • organisations that work with Aboriginal people in community, including local government authorities and organisations that deliver targeted services to Aboriginal people or communities; if their applications demonstrate:
    • strong Aboriginal governance, leadership and self-determination
    • evidence of significant Aboriginal community involvement in the project including consultation, planning, decision-making and project management.

    Funding overview

    Funding closed

    Who can apply

    Amount available

    • Connecting to Country: Up to $25,000


    You must read the guidelines before submitting an application as they provide essential information.

    Connecting to Country guidelines

    Funding rounds

    Round Open Draft review Close Project start/event dates Category
    2023-24 9:00am 31 October 2023 4:00pm 18 January 2024 4:00pm 1 February 2024 1 May 2024 Connecting to Country

    Successful applications


    Page reviewed 27 November 2023