A host of Kimberley Aboriginal Controlled Community Organisations have shared in $3.4 million of Close the Gap grants, funding a range of much-needed initiatives in the region. Nirrumbuk Environmental Health and Services received $395,000 for housing and disability and will invest in a pilot traineeship project to strengthen the Aboriginal workforce in the disability sector. Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services and Wunan Foundation have been granted $280,000 and $396,000, respectively, to enhance their health services. West Kimberley Futures - Empowered Communities received $280,000 for early childhood care and development and Marra Worra Worra Aboriginal Corporation received $205,000 for housing. Ten other ACCOs from across the State also share in $3.4m of Closing the Gap grant funding to enhance their community services. The grant program managed by Lotterywest was launched in October 2022 calling for ideas from ACCOs to expand or develop initiatives across the housing, health, disability, and early childhood care and development sectors. Aboriginal Affairs Minister Tony Buti said the grants were a key element of the Government’s Aboriginal Empowerment Strategy and their commitment to Close the Gap.