EACH Aboriginal Small Grants Project
The Aboriginal Small Grants Project is an initiative of the EACH Heath Promotion Team and provides an opportunity to work with early years centres and schools in Knox and Maroondah to support and provide assistance to create culturally inclusive and safe environments.
Early years centres and schools in the City of Knox were invited to apply for a grant worth $1000 to start or build on their work around cultural inclusion. One-on-one support was provided to each individual service and school to give them the knowledge and expertise to successfully guide them in embedding Aboriginal culture and practices into their everyday service/school environment.
The Aboriginal Small Grants Project aimed to:
- Enlighten and raise the awareness of what Aboriginal cultural inclusion work is, and the benefits and effects it will have in the future.
- Help to foster a sense of pride and belonging that is a fundamental not only to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children but for all children.
- Increase staff capability to ensure their service/school environment is a place that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families feel safe, strong and connected.
- Opens up opportunities for services and schools to form meaningful connections and relationships with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities as well as access to resources to assist them in implementing indigenous culture and practices.
This resource shares the stories from all the schools and early years which took part in the first round of the Aboriginal Small Grants Project. The Project will be rolled out again for Round 2 with increased numbers of participants with a focus on the Maroondah region.
Resource: EACH Aboriginal Small Grants Project
Website: EACH Aboriginal Small Grants Project