A change to note in the funding guidelines for Maintenance of Indigenous Languages and Records, now administered by the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts!

“MILR will not fund proposals that include re-granting of project funds to other groups or organisations. This means that financial accountability can not be devolved.

Funding recipients, (such as Indigenous Language Service centres) that support diverse local projects, are expected to employ any paid service and project personnel, to be responsible for the purchasing and supply of goods and services and to account for all the funds received in accordance with financial and performance provisions of the funding agreement.”

This will have a significant impact on a number of language centres who have managed small grants for local language groups. The funding submissions are due in by the end of February.

The program funding guidelines are available from the Departments website.