Helepi Life Foundation is a family foundation dedicated to promotion of arts, culture and literature through projects which support exceptional contemporary artists and writers, as well as inspired activists in rural indigenous communities.


Helepi Life Foundation recognizes the profound and often unquantifiable value of the creative process and is willing to take risks and make substantial investments in ambitious and experimental thinking. Understanding that globalization threatens all cultures and ecosystems, Helepi Foundation is particularly interested in projects that encourage freedom of inquiry, imagination, and expression.

The Foundation supports this mission by making grants to projects in the areas of contemporary visual art, literature, reading, and indigenous languages.

The Foundation also gives awards and fellowships to writers of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction through Fortiscue Helepi Literary Awards. Awards recognize individuals for extraordinary work in their fields. Fellowships provide time and support to continue with or to complete specific projects and also recognize those who show potential for future outstanding work.

 Foundation Objectives

The organisation’s main objectives are to promote arts, literature, indigenous languages, and cultural heritage among children and youth.

Promoting reading and literature through:

  • Establishment of book clubs.
  • Annual hosting of Fortiscue Helepi Literary Awards.
  • Running seminars for writers and aspiring writers.
  • Publishing the material from the literary competition.
  • Hosting reading promotion days at local libraries.
  • Supporting informal literature education and training.
  • Supporting development and access to the literature.




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