Aboriginal language grants up for grabs

THE revitalising of Aboriginal languages in Western NSW may be boosted by one-off funding for home-grown projects.

Another round of grants is being offered through the state government's Our Languages, Our Way Community Language Grants program.

State Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries said "community owned and led organisations" could apply for up to $30,000 from a pool of $200,000.

"The grants support the ongoing celebration of Aboriginal culture and cultural revitalisation by assisting Aboriginal organisations to develop and implement language projects in partnership with local communities," he said.

OCHRE stands for Opportunity, Choice, Healing, Responsibility and Empowerment.

OCHRE stands for Opportunity, Choice, Healing, Responsibility and Empowerment.

NSW Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Leslie Williams said sound connections to language and culture were vitally important "to the broader context of healing and strengthening" cultural identity for Aboriginal people across the state.

"OCHRE, the NSW government's community-focused plan for Aboriginal affairs commits the NSW government to working in genuine partnership with Aboriginal communities," she said.

"OCHRE supports initiatives that improve Aboriginal people's social, economic and cultural well-being."

OCHRE stands for Opportunity, Choice, Healing, Responsibility and Empowerment.

Applications for the latest round of Our Languages, Our Way Community Language Grants will close on May 6.

For more information visit www.aboriginalaffairs.nsw.gov.au

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