Norman Catts Trust

Who is Norman Catts?

Norman S. H. Catts is best known as the co-founder of the successful Catts-Patterson Advertising Agency, which began operation in 1915. He subsequently held executive positions in several chemical firms and corporations. Following his death in 1968, a major part of his estate was bequeathed to the education of Aboriginal Children in New South Wales.

What the Trust does

The Norman Catts Trust Fund aims to support the schools and organisations involved in educating Aboriginal children. In particular, the Trust seeks to support Aboriginal people up to the age of 18 years in their educational activities. (Part funding can be provided for pre-school children.)

How the Trust is managed

The Trust is managed by Perpetual Trustee Company Limited and administered by the AEC (NSW) Inc. The trustees meet with representatives of the AEC to to ensure that expenditure is in accord with Mr Catts’ wishes.


Applications for 2017 funding are now open. Applications will close on November 30, 2017.

Please include full details of your proposal including the aims of the project, budget, number of students targeted by the program and the educational outcomes you hope to achieve.

Please Note that applications for funding of salaries or wages will not be considered


Application Form

Please check that funding is not available from other departments and/or agencies before submitting an application.