Indigenous Fire and Land Management Workshops

The Indigenous Fire and Land Workshops program supports Indigenous led knowledge sharing of Indigenous fire and land management practices delivered through workshops Australia wide.
This grant is currently closed to applications

What do you get?

Grants from $20,000 to $200,000.

Who is this for?

Traditional owners, Indigenous Organisations or Indigenous Businesses that are incorporated in Australia including Indigenous not for profit organisations, associations, councils and government agencies or bodies.


This program is part of the Australian Government's $200 million investment in bushfire recovery for native plants, animals, ecological communities and natural assets. This funding aims to support the recovery and long-term resilience of wildlife and their habitat.

The objective of this grant opportunity is to support Indigenous organisations, Indigenous businesses and Traditional Owners to lead workshops aimed at sharing and strengthening knowledge of Indigenous fire and land management practices.

There is a maximum of one application per organisation for this grant opportunity.

There is $2 million available for this grant opportunity.

The Minimum grant is $20,000.

The maximum grant is $200,000.

The grant amount will be up to 100 per cent of eligible project expenditure.

Your project must be delivered in partnership with local Traditional Owners.

You must complete your project by 1 April 2023.


What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible you must have an Australian business number (ABN) and be a Traditional Owner, Indigenous Organisation or Indigenous Enterprise and be one of the following entities:

  • an entity, incorporated in Australia
  • an Indigenous not-for-profit corporation, council or incorporated association
  • an Indigenous government agency or body
  • an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust

We can only accept applications where:

  • you certify that your proposed project does not duplicate other government-funded management actions that are already underway in the location you are proposing to undertake activities
  • you certify that you do not have any overdue reports, acquittals or debt associated with previous Australian Government funding

Joint applications are acceptable, provided you have a lead organisation who is the main driver of the project and is eligible to apply.

You are not eligible to apply if you are:

  • a non-Indigenous organisation
  • an unincorporated association
  • any organisation not included in section 4.1 of the grant opportunity guidelines
  • a trust (however, an incorporated trustee may apply on behalf of a trust provided they meet the eligibility requirements as described in section 4.1 of the grant opportunity guidelines)
  • an individual
  • an Australian Commonwealth/State/Territory/Local Government agency or body (however, an Indigenous government agency or body may apply as per section 4.1 of the grant opportunity guidelines)


How do you apply?

The Indigenous Fire and Land Management Workshops grant opportunity is currently closed to applications.

When preparing your application, you need to take into consideration the time frames and any constraints that may impact the delivery and participation in the workshops and other activities resulting from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Projects need to be designed to ensure participants’ safety and health.

We assess your application against the eligibility criteria and then against the assessment criteria. Only eligible applications will proceed to the assessment stage.

The amount of detail and supporting evidence you provide in your application should be relative to the project size, complexity and grant amount requested. You should define, quantify and provide evidence to support your answers. The sample application form displays character limits.

A committee will assess the applications taking into consideration the geographical spread of projects across Australia and the variety of organisation types and sizes (small, medium and large) before making recommendations to the Minister for the Environment about which applications should be approved for funding.

The Minister for the Environment will make the final decision.

To be competitive you must score highly against all of the assessment criteria.

Assessment criterion 1

How your project aligns with the program objectives and outcomes (50 points)

You should demonstrate this by describing:

  1. how your project will strengthen traditional knowledge and understanding of Indigenous fire and land management practices and, where appropriate, further its inclusion as part of conventional fire and land management arrangements
  2. how your project will support Indigenous communities to benefit from traditional fire and land management knowledge, including through the employment of Indigenous people to assist with the delivery of the workshop/s
  3. how you will safeguard Indigenous knowledge, follow cultural protocols and include Traditional Owners
  4. the challenges your workshop will address and what groups you will collaborate with to achieve this, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous

Assessment criterion 2

Capacity, capability and resources to deliver the project (50 points)

You should demonstrate this by describing:

  1. your workshop facilitator and project team's knowledge, skills and experience in effectively delivering similar workshops, including experience with cultural competency and engagement with Indigenous communities
  2. how you will manage your project, including project governance and risk management arrangements including your readiness to commence the project with relevant approvals planned for or in place including consideration for possible COVID-19 restrictions
  3. a project budget including justification of the funding amount requested with respect to the scale of the project and intended outcomes
  4. how you will measure the success of the project, including monitoring and evaluation activities

If your application is successful, you'll receive a written offer. If you are unsuccessful, we'll notify you in writing and give you the chance to discuss the outcome with us.

Successful applicants must enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth. The grant agreement will specify the reporting requirements, payment schedule and milestones necessary to receive payments.

We will make payments according to an agreed schedule set out in the grant agreement. Payments are subject to satisfactory progress on the project.

Payments will be made by direct credit into a nominated bank account.

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