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Aboriginal Tourism Grant Program

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The Aboriginal Tourism Grant Program (ATGP) was primarily designed to support Aboriginal owned (greater than 50% Aboriginal owned) and operated tourism business enterprises.

Priority was given to projects that meet the activities or outcomes specified in the Northern Territory Aboriginal Tourism Strategy and the NT’s Tourism Industry 2030 Strategy.

Successful projects generally met (but were not limited to) the following criteria:

  • Small infrastructure development upgrades which enhance the Aboriginal tourism offering
  • Contributions towards planning documentation (i.e. business plan, feasibility plan, master plan)
  • Interpretation development projects and activities (i.e. signage, interpretation plan, guiding manuals).

ATGP Round 2 Grant Recipients

Twenty four applications were submitted for the second round of ATGP in early 2021.  Following a panel review process, fourteen Aboriginal owned businesses from across the Northern Territory received grants.

A total of $223,500 was awarded to recipients throughout the Territory with projects located in Ali Curung, Arnhem Land, Daly River, Darwin, Hermannsburg, Kakadu, Plenty, Tiwi Islands, Titjikala, Watarrka and West MacDonnell Ranges regions.

Grant recipients include:

  • Nyinyikay Dha Wuba Aboriginal Corporation - Verandah upgrades for weaving workshops and visitor bedding - $13,068
  • T.M Dixon & J Drover - Batton Hill Bush Camp - Septic system upgrades - $19,267
  • Merrepen Arts, Culture and Language Aboriginal Corporation - Museum study room at Merrepen Arts - $4,480
  • Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation - Interpretative signage and shelter Banambarrnga - $19,348
  • The Trustee for The Milintji Development Trust - A tourism business plan - $15,000
  • Hermannsburg Potters Aboriginal Corporation - Wayfinding signage - $6,039
  • John Liddle – JLs Outback Experience - Tourist energy project on Kurku Homelands - $17,280
  • Gapuwiyak Culture & Arts Aboriginal Corporation - Strategic Plan for Gapuwiyak Culture & Art - $20,000
  • Trent Lee – Saltwater Cultural Tours - Installing two containers and decking for the development of cultural tours - $19,500
  • Menge Aboriginal Corporation - Feasibility / concept plan for tourism activities and related young minds training activities - $20,000
  • Arlpwe Artists Aboriginal Corporation - Arlpwe Tour planning document and outdoor furniture, paint and materials - $12,819
  • Kakadu Tourism – Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel - Ground oven renovations with visitor seating - $19,990
  • Tarntipi Homelands Aboriginal Corporation - Enhance and upgrade facilities at Tarntipi Bush Camp - $19,211
  • Tapatjatjaka Art and Craft Aboriginal Corporation - Bathroom upgrades at the Tapatjatjaka Art and Craft Centre - $17,498

More information

For more information regarding the Northern Territory Aboriginal Tourism Strategy or the NT Aboriginal tourism sector, please contact the team at [email protected] or phone 08 8951 8518.  

ATGP Round 1 Recipients

ATGP Round 1 provided $200,000 of grant funding in the 2019-20 financial year, with 48 applications were received. Following a panel review process, 13 Aboriginal owned businesses from across the Northern Territory received grants.

A total of $202,977 was awarded to recipients throughout the Territory with projects located in the MacDonnell Ranges and Alice Springs, Watarrka, Uluru, Borroloola, Litchfield, Daly River, Tiwi Islands, Darwin and Kalkarindji regions.

Successful recipients included:

  • Karrke Pty Ltd - Karrke Feasibility Plan and Business Case, $20,000
  • Akeyulerre Incorporated - Akeyulerre Cultural Tourism Strategic Plan 2020-2030, $20,000
  • The Walkatjara Trust - Walkatjara Art Uluru, Gallery Signage and Display Infrastructure Upgrades, $2,000
  • Mabunji Aboriginal Resource Aboriginal Corporation - Waralungku Art Centre and Gallery (Borroloola) new signage, $5,627
  • Keringke Arts Aboriginal Corporation - Keringke Arts (Santa Teresa) signage & art centre landscaping project, $18,181
  • Angkerle Aboriginal Corporation - Standley Chasm Cultural Centre upgrades, $18,182
  • Nunthewoody Enterprises Pty Ltd - Northern Territory Indigenous Tours Business Planning, $17,181
  • Ikuntji Artists Aboriginal Corporation - Ikuntji Artists (Haasts Bluff) Art Centre upgrades and signage, $13,850
  • Joseph Parry - Watjan Guided Tours, camp area infrastructure, $18,000
  • Munupi Arts and Crafts Association Aboriginal Corporation - Munupi Art (Tiwi Islands) building mural and facade upgrade, $11,650
  • Ironbark Aboriginal Corporation - Aboriginal Bush Traders, upgrades to signage, Bush Food planters and information cards, $10,305
  • Sammy Wilson - Uluru Family Tours, new shelter and sustainable pathways for tour, $15,000
  • Gurindji Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC - Construct a new BBQ facility at Kalkarindji Caravan Park, $15,000
Page last updated on 14 April 2021