Aboriginal Fishing Trust Fund Grants now open

26 Mar 2021

For the fourth year in a row, the Aboriginal Fishing Trust Fund is offering $500,000 in grants and loans to support community projects across the State that maintain and protect Aboriginal cultural fishing and promote economic opportunity.

Minister for Agriculture and Minister for Western NSW Adam Marshall said Aboriginal people, businesses and community groups were encouraged to apply for funding.

“These grants are an exciting opportunity for our Aboriginal communities to build upon and create new initiatives that will help support cultural connection across the State’s diverse fisheries,” Mr Marshall said.

“We recognise the customary connection and social significance fishing has to the Aboriginal community and the Trust is a key initiative to help ensure its value is supported and protected for years to come.”

In previous years, the grants and loans have been used to support commercial fishing businesses and enhance cultural fishing while also successfully being used to help launch education programs and cultural fishing workshops.

“With assistance from the Trust, our communities have already achieved significant outcomes over the last three years, so we know that $500,000 in grants and loans will create even more opportunity and make a meaningful difference to Aboriginal communities,” Mr Marshall said.

“Through this popular program we’ve seen the restoration of an old family oyster business, workshops on how to make traditional fishing equipment for use during cultural events, support for the running of a carp muster, and more.

“I look forward to seeing what ideas applicants put forward in this round of funding.” The Trust has been designed to provide funds for both small projects up to $5,000 and larger projects through grants and loans. Applications are open until 19 May 2021. For information on eligibility, funding categories, the assessment process and how to apply, visit the NSW Department of Primary Industries website: www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/AFTF.

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