The Public Awareness Program (PAP) funds initiatives that raise public awareness in the wider community of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues and culture. The program has two elements:
- Public Awareness grants
- Funding for NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) activities.
Public Awareness grants are made to selected activities that are capable of reaching a significant audience of non-Indigenous people. The program provides supplementary funding, and is not intended to finance the whole project. Its broad aims are:
- to promote to the wider community an understanding of, and respect for, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures
- to encourage in the wider community the development of positive attitudes towards Indigenous Australians
- to inform the wider community about contemporary issues that affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals and communities.
NAIDOC celebrations are held annually (usually in the first full week in July). Funds are available (in whole or part) to community-based organisations or other bodies to assist with the cost of their NAIDOC activities. More information about NAIDOC, including National NAIDOC activities, is available at the NAIDOC site.
How to apply
Please note that the eSub facility is not being used for these funding rounds. Download and complete the application forms available below.
You should proceed only if you have read the Program Guidelines. Please note there has been a minor change to Part B: ICAD Information for Applicants to include Australian State/Territory Governments in Service Provider Eligibility.
- Part A: ICAD Program Guidelines
- Part B: ICAD Information for Applicants
- Part C: Public Awareness Program Guidelines
View FaHCSIA Standard Funding Agreement Terms and Conditions here.
2013-2014 funding round for Public Awareness activities
Applications close at 2:00pm AEST on Friday 19 April 2013. Applications submitted after this time will not be accepted.
2012-2013 funding round for NAIDOC activities
Applications close at 2:00pm AEST on Friday 12 April 2013. Applications submitted after this time will not be accepted.
Funds are available to legal entities only but other organisations and bodies are encouraged to work with eligible organisations in their region to receive funds for local activities. Organisations are encouraged to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and organisations to deliver outcomes under the Public Awareness Program.