Funding challenges

Anangu view Ara Irititja as an on-going essential project. Regrettably funding has never adequately addressed that view and long-term sustainability is an issue of very great concern. In 2007, the South Australian State Government has gone some way to help address this. For the first time in the history of the project, a four year funding program was approved. This started by providing a full-time salaried position for Ara Irititja through the SA Museum which later became ongoing.

The Ara Irititja project provides an important service to the remote APY communities. It is a ground-breaking project for which communities have no established funding sources. It does not receive any sponsorship and can only survive from year to year with the financial support of the State and Federal Governments and philanthropic organisations.

Notwithstanding this, steps are being taken to increase the amount of enterprise and activity-based income in the future. Even then, this will only supplement the need for philanthropic and Government funding.

Funding sources

Ara Irititja has been supported financially by a wide range of funding agencies and organisations. Since the project’s commencement in 1994, grant funds and donations have been received from the following:

APY Land Council, Telstra Foundation, Visions of Australia, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, ATSIC, National Library of Australia (Community Heritage Grants), Dept of Communications Information Technology and the Arts, Indigenous Coordination Centre, Centenary of Federation, Networking the Nation, Green Hills Foundation, Spirit of the Land Foundation, Australia Foundation for Culture and the Humanities, Australian Indigenous Cultural Network, Mr Allan Vial, Mrs Jean Pound, Loreto Federation 2007, Yaitya Warra Wodli Language Centre, Anangu Education Services, SA Dept of Premier and Cabinet, Arts SA, SA Department of Education and Children’s Services, SA Department of Further Education Employment Science and Training, University of Melbourne, University of South Australia’s Anangu Tertiary Education Program (AnTEP).

The project’s participating schools and community organisations also make an annual financial contribution to help with field work and regular data upgrades and in 2014 the Pitjantjatjara Council became a regular financial supporter of the Project.This changed in 2017 when Ara Irititja became incorporated in its own right – Ara Irititja Aboriginal Corporation (AIAC). AIAC iis forming a partnership with APY to help secure its ongoing sustainability. Ara Irititja is currently being guided by a Jawun secondee, Linda Sun, to commercialise a limitied version of the archive and to market our new app Ara Winki No 1. All proceeds will go back into the financial future of Ara Irititja.

How to help Indigenous Australians

Please contact Ara Irititja if you would like to support our project. We are endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) and Income Tax Concession
Charity (TCC).