Every year, the CSF runs a grant scheme to provide financial assistance to individuals and community groups for activities that:

  • promote and encourage the study of Croatian language in Australia
  • promote knowledge and awareness of Croatia, both within the local Croatian and broader Australian communities
  • promote scholarship related to the Croatian past and present.

This year, we received a wonderful and diverse array of grant applications from all across the country. The CSF Governing Council has awarded grants for the following individuals and institutions:

Croatian School of Language and Culture Melbourne Inc.

Teaching Resources

The Croatian School of Language and Culture is looking to upgrade teaching resources for the Croatian language school in Clifton Hill. The school has experienced an increase in the student enrolment numbers just prior to Covid and has maintained close to 40 enrolments in 2022. The school is established as an independent not for profit with a committee who are dedicated to offering a quality language school. The school is in the process of planning for upgrades to facilities and teaching resources. This will include the purchase of textbooks and dictionaries to support student learning.

Nik Kraljevic – Pleme Pty LtdCitizenHR

CitizenHR is a Croatian Citizenship calculator app to help Croatian Diaspora and those with a special interest or affiliation to Croatia to be better prepared and educated for the Croatian Citizenship process. Based on how the Applicant answers the questionnaire it will show which paths to Croatian Citizenship are available for the applicant, what documents they need and connect them with professionals such as translators, lawyers and researchers prior to lodging their citizenship application.

Croatian School Dr. Ante Starčević Beverly Hills

Our first Croatian School Excursion

Students of Croatian school Dr.Ante Starčević will participate in their first excursion to Canberra. During the Covid-19 pandemic, many students of the school lost their interest to learn Croatian. We would like to take students on their first Croatian excursion to Canberra.

The students will visit Parliament House, Cockington Green Gardens and the Croatian Embassy. During these visits students will enhance their knowledge of Croatian language and extend their vocabulary while learning about Croatian culture and politics.

Alyssa Preval – PhD candidate at University of New South Wales

Comparative study of klapa & tamburica music in Croatia, Australia & cyberspace.

The project seeks to explore the practice of Croatian folk music, specifically klapa singing and tamburica music, in three contexts: Croatia, Australia and Cyberspace. The research seeks to understand how people have authentic experiences of both styles of traditional music in Croatia and Australia,

as well as during its dissemination in cyberspace. Alyssa will conduct fieldwork in Croatia and Australia through informal and formal interviews, attending folklore events/festivals in both locations as part of her research.

Šime Knežević

Poems exploring themes of Croatian heritage, family and language

Šime will be undertaking a week-long writing residency at Varuna – The National Writer’s House in Katoomba. The aim of this is to write and develop poems that explore a personal history of Croatian heritage, culture and language. The aim of the residency is  to spend time writing poetry that explore the unique experience of growing up in Australia with Croatian parents and culture, the sense of travelling between worlds and languages, and personal experiences imbued with Croatian people, voices and places. The aim will be to publish to work produced.

Caitlyn Dunn– PhD candidate at Macquarie University

Cemeteries, Transition, and Community Soul: A Comparative Investigation of Funerary Rites in Dalmatia and Britannia 4th-9th Centuries AD

Caitlyn’s research project aims to establish a comparison of funerary rites between Dalmatia and Britannia in the Late Antique and Old Croat periods. This comparison will be used to discuss the change and continuity of burial rites during a tumultuous time in history and to identify local community mortuary customs and culture. Caitlyn’s research activities will include site visits and engaging with relevant museum collections and archives in Croatia, as well as writing a PhD and research papers to detail her findings.

Alex Gavranich – PhD candidate at University of Queensland

Smallholder Food Sovereignty in Post-Socialist Croatia

Alex’s PhD will explore the Croatian smallholder food sovereignty movement through a comparative analysis of the Croatian Association of Organic Producers (HSEP) and the Association of Croatian Family Farmers (Život). Employing mixed qualitative methods inclusive of semi-structured interviews, participant observation, and document analysis, the intention of this study is to build on and contribute to developing knowledge on post-socialist smallholder agrarianism, food sovereignty, and the corporate food regime in Croatia.

Ewan Coopey – PhD candidate and Sessional Academic at Macquarie University

Exercitus Dalmatiae: The Militaria and Inscribed Monuments of Dalmatia in the 1st Century CE

Ewan’s research area is the ancient past of Dalmatia as part of his PhD project. The research will involve visiting several museums in Croatia and talk to numerous specialists in order to better understand the inscribed funerary monuments of Romans in the first century CE and items of Roman military equipment from Dalmatia. The data about these materials collected will be entered into a relational database. Ewan will then publish this database, the material and his PhD research in accessible ways.