Join us to connect with funders across Australia who share your passion for building the capacity of First Nations organisations and embedding a broader, stronger Indigenous land and sea management sector in Australia.
This funder group acts a forum to:
- Share funding experiences, best practice and lessons learned and act as a sounding board to resolve questions and overcome funding challenges.
- Find funding opportunities, co-fund, collaborate and share strategy as well as build knowledge around funding respectfully and effectively.
- Learn about the sector and catch up on the latest news and developments by hearing from practitioners, experts and experienced funders.
Find out more about our Indigenous land and sea management funder group.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people own or manage over four million square kilometres of land and sea Country – over half of Australia’s land mass. These areas include some of the most biodiverse and intact ecosystems on the planet. In addition, Indigenous protected areas make up 47 per cent of the National Reserve System and this is expected to expand to 54 per cent over the coming year.
As a nation, Australia faces major challenges in arresting biodiversity decline. Indigenous land and sea managers are providing significant contributions to addressing this national challenge. And yet First Nations people are not necessarily resourced to access and manage their lands, to remove invasive plants and pests, to reintroduce traditional fire practices and to care for cultural sites.
While government provides funding for Indigenous land and sea management programs, this does not meet the demand from Traditional Owner groups and it is not sufficient to maintain the environmental health of the vast continent.
How philanthropy can help
Philanthropy has a role to play in supporting this critical work to expand into new areas, trial new models and approaches, and build the capacity of First Nations organisations.