The City-Country Partnerships grant round

City-Country Partnership Grant round now open

The Australian Government is investing $25 million to improve school education for thousands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, as part of the National Agreement on Closing the Gap.

The City-Country Partnerships (CCP) Program, which will enable the development of formal partnerships between high performing independent schools and remote schools with a high proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, is now open. This grant round invites applications from potential delivery organisations to work with the department and support the development of these partnerships. Further information for interested schools will be available once the delivery organisation is selected.

The program will help boost outcomes of Indigenous students, particularly in reading, mathematics, attendance and school completion.

The new measures are part of the Government’s Closing the Gap Implementation Plan and have been welcomed by the Minister for Indigenous Australians Ken Wyatt.

“Boosting literacy skills, improving student outcomes and lifting school attendance are key drivers of better outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth,” Minister Wyatt said.

“This new package builds on existing successful education partnerships and programs that support the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, to improve outcomes, particularly the attainment of Year 12 or equivalent qualifications.”

Over three years, the program will help develop and oversee partnerships designed to improve student education outcomes in close consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education stakeholders.

This program is one of a number of measures announced to close the gap in school education.

More information

Indigenous organisations are encouraged to apply, or to partner with another organisation to deliver the program. Applications close on Monday, 21 March 2022. For more details on how to apply, visit City-Country Partnerships Program grant round

Correct at time of publication.