The Indigenous Languages and Arts program supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to revive and maintain languages, and to develop and present art.

How it works

Who can apply
Organisations that support participation in, and maintenance of, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures through community-led Indigenous languages and arts activities.
When to apply
The annual open competitive grant opportunity commences around the beginning of each calendar year. The 2020-21 grant opportunity opened on 24 February 2020 and closes on 6 April 2020.
Funding available
The ILA program administers around $20 million per annum that is available for Indigenous languages and arts projects.

Program Information

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About The Program
Funding application period:  February 24, 2020 09:00 AEDT to April 06, 2020 23:30 AEST

The Indigenous Languages and Arts program provides funding to organisations that support participation in and maintenance of Australia's Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander cultures through languages and arts.

Funding is offered in the form of two grant opportunities – open competitive or restricted competitive.

To apply for funding through the Indigenous Languages and Arts program, organisations should submit an application using Department’s SmartyGrants online portal. The SmartyGrants application form is designed to assist applicants to demonstrate how their proposal meets the objectives of the program by addressing all the assessment criteria. All eligible applications will be competitively assessed against the assessment criteria.

The ILA program guidelines include eligibility criteria and information about the application and funding process. The guidelines can be accessed at the Australian Government's GrantConnect website.

Open competitive grant opportunity

The open competitive grant opportunity is designed to support one-off Indigenous languages and arts projects with a cap on the amount of funding available and the duration of the project.

Restricted competitive grant opportunity

The restricted competitive grant opportunity is by invitation only from the ILA program and is designed to assist organisations such as Indigenous Language Centres or Indigenous arts and culture organisations with annual multi-year operational funding.

Relevant documents

Program logos

The Indigenous program logos are used to acknowledge Australian Government support for activities funded under our Indigenous programs.


Phone: 1800 006 992
Email: ila [at]

Funding applications

Started February 24, 2020 09:00 AEDT
Ended April 06, 2020 23:30 AEST
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