Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Collaboration Fund 2023-24

Submissions are now being accepted. Submissions close at 5:00PM 8 April 2024 (AEST).

IMPORTANT: Please read information below to assist you in completing your application online.

Welcome to the City of Sydney’s online grant application service for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collaboration fund, powered by SmartyGrants.

This program supports a strong and sustainable local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled sector to deliver projects that meet the needs and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the local area. Funding supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through projects, programs and activities. Funding is available up to $50,000.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collaboration fund is only available to local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, groups and organisations. Our funding will prioritise projects that deliver positive outcomes and meet the needs and aspirations of local Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities.

All applicants will need to demonstrate that you have support for your project from local Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, groups and organisations located within the City of Sydney local government area. Letters of support with your application are encouraged.

Click here to view the grant program guidelines.

Applications for this program are open all year or until the budget is exhausted. 

All grant recommendations are approved by Council. Below are the timeframes for submitting a grant application and suggested project start dates based on Council meeting dates. Please consider this table when listing your project 'start date'.

If your project idea is urgent and needs to occur before the project start date below, consider applying for a Quick Response Grant, which is open to not-for-profit organisations, or individuals/community groups without an ABN, auspiced by a not-for-profit organisation.

Applications submitted by

Council Meeting

Projects start date

Monday 8th January 2024February26/02/2024


For all applications, please contact Program Manager, Alana Goodwin on 02 9246 7577 or agoodwin@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au to discuss your project.

If you need additional support with completing your grant application please contact the Program Manager, Alana Goodwin.

Who can apply

To be eligible for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collaboration fund, an applicant must operate within the City of Sydney’s local government area and be able to demonstrate significant benefits for the area’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents, workers and/or visitors:

  • Individuals and sole traders must identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and be accepted as such by the community in which they live
  • Groups must consist of majority Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander members
  • Organisations must have a governing body that is majority Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
  • If you are working with an auspice, the auspice does not have to be an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander owned or led organisation.

All applicants will be required to provide proof of Aboriginality with their grant application. Click here to view the grant program guidelines to find out more about this requirement.

Hiring City spaces

In addition to cash funding, you can apply for value-in-kind in the form of a fee waiver to hire one of the City’s indoor spaces. The City can provide a fee waiver based on the fee quote uploaded to your grant application.

Outdoor venues and libraries are not available for value-in-kind requests. For outdoor events please contact openspacebookings@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au to find out if an outdoor space is available for your event.

Moving through the application form

On every screen (page of the form) you will find a Form Navigation contents box on the left hand side, click the page title link to jump directly to the page you want.

You can also click Next Page or Previous Page on the top or bottom of each page to move forward, or backward, through the application.

Do not use the Forward -> or Back <- buttons in your browser as you may lose your progress.

Saving your application

Moving between pages using the Form Navigation, Next and Previous Page buttons will automatically save your application. You can also click the Save Progress button as you go, just in case.

You can start your application, save what you have done and return to it as many times as you like before the grant deadline. If you wish to leave a partly completed application, press Save and Close and log out. When you log back in and click on the My Submissions link at the top of the screen, you will find a list of all applications you have started or submitted. You can reopen your draft application and continue where you left off.

You can also download any application, whether draft or completed, as a PDF. Click on the Download PDF button located at the bottom of the last page of the application form.

Required fields and correct formatting

Questions with a red asterisk* are required fields. 

Some questions require a correct format and you will not be able to submit your application until all required fields are completed in the correct format.

For example:

  • Number and Currency fields can only accept numbers and a decimal point, not text (one hundred) or punctuation (, and $)
  • Dates must be in the Australian format DD/MM/YYYY
  • Websites must be an active web address

Attachments and support documents

Please label each document clearly with 'Document Name - Organisation - Application Number. For example: Project Plan -Your Organisation - CF 202324001.

When uploading multiple attachments, wait for each file to upload before trying to attach another file. Files can be up to 25MB each however we recommend keeping files to a maximum of 5MB. The larger the file, the longer the upload time.

Please upload all your attachments at least 2 days before the due date and submit your completed form at least 1 day before the closing time. This is to allow sufficient time to review any errors in you application form.

Completing an application in a group or team 

Several people can work on an application using the same log-in details however only one person can work on the same application form at a time.

If applicable, it's best to use a shared email address, like info@yourcompany.org.au or contact@yourcompany.com.au.

Need help?

If you need more help using this form, please read the Help Guide for Applicants and Applicant Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's).

If you have questions, please review the guidelines or contact the grants team at communitygrants@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au.