School reconciliation grant applications open

Reconciliation grants: St Thomas More Primary students at this month's Reconciliation Week assembly. Photo: Nicky Lefebvre
Reconciliation grants: St Thomas More Primary students at this month's Reconciliation Week assembly. Photo: Nicky Lefebvre

SGIO and Reconciliation WA is inviting Western Australian primary and secondary schools to apply for $2,000 grants to establish or improve their reconciliation programs.  

Schools in metropolitan, regional and remote communities in Western Australia can now apply for one of the six 2017 School Reconciliation Grants available.  

Reconciliation WA CEO James Back said this year marks 50 years since the successful 1967 Referendum. “Now is a good time for us, as a nation, to reflect on the progress we’ve made and also highlight the significant work we still have ahead of us to create parity and equity for all.  

"The grants can be used for initiatives like running cultural workshops for staff and parents, inviting Aboriginal elders or community people to speak at schools, or holding events to celebrate reconciliation," he said. 

Last year’s recipients were Yule Brook College, Yanchep High School, Corrigin High School, Narrogin PS, Harvey PS and St Stephen’s School. 

This year’s School Reconciliation Grants applications are open until Friday 4 August. All schools across WA are eligible. Application forms can be downloaded from recwa.org.au and recipients will be announced on Friday 18 August.