Heritage Grants

Active Grants

Aboriginal Heritage Project

Grants are available for Aboriginal heritage projects and dollar for dollar grants are available to local government for Aboriginal heritage projects.

Eligibility : Aboriginal organisation or community group, local councils, other organisations or individuals or consultants working in partnership and support with an Aboriginal applicant or community.
Program Status :Applications are currently closed.
Agency :Office of Environment & Heritage (OEH)
Web :http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/Heritage

Emergency Works Projects – NSW

If you are the owner or manager of a State Heritage Register-listed item or item with a current Interim Heritage Order, this programme can help you with the costs of emergency works on your heritage property.

Eligibility :Eligibility criteria apply to the types of emergency works, please check the website for more information.

Program Status :Applications may be made at any time.
Agency :Office of Environment & Heritage (OEH)
Web :Emergency Heritage Works

Local heritage item owners and managers should apply for a NSW Government local Heritage Activation Grant to rejuvenate local heritage places.

$2.67 million of funding would be available each financial year for three years to owners and managers of local heritage items through the program. Heritage Activation Grants are open to owners and managers of heritage items listed on their council’s local heritage registers.

These are items that have already had their heritage values assessed and we want to provide ways of making it easier to open these spaces to the community.

Heritage Activation Grants provide funding for local government, businesses and community organisations to reactivate and animate local heritage spaces to preserve their heritage significance.

The grants, which are part of the Heritage Near Me program, will open more heritage spaces to communities across the state. Under the Heritage Near Me program, the government will also fund a heritage roadshow team of experts and a series of grants, including the Heritage Activation Grants, the Local Heritage Grants and Heritage Green Energy Grants.

For more information on Heritage Activation Grant program and the Heritage Near Me program, visit: http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/Heritage/heritage-near-me-incentives.htm

Applications close on Monday, 27 June.

National Library of Australia (NLA) – Community Heritage Grants (CHG)

Overview / Purpose

This program aims to provide assistance with the preservation of locally owned, but nationally significant collections of materials that are publicly accessible including artefacts, letters, diaries, maps, photographs, and audio visual material.

Grants of up to $15,000 are available.

Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants include not-for-profit, incorporated organisations that:
– Own or manage a collection of nationally significant material.
– Are accessible to the general public.

Examples of not-for-profit, incorporated organisations which are encouraged to apply are:
– Archives
– Art galleries
– Community groups
– Genealogical societies
– Historical societies
– Indigenous groups
– Migrant community groups
– Museums
– Professional associations
– Religious groups

Other organisations, such as public libraries and independent museums located within universities, may also be eligible to apply.

Eligible Activities

Eligible projects include:
– Collection preservation projects
– Training projects

Please review the Guidelines for the complete list of eligible activities.

Assessment Criteria

The main assesment criteria include:
– Collection preservation projects
a) National significance of the collection
b) Project feasibility
c) Value for money
d) Benefit to the collection
– Training projects
a) Quality and appropriateness of the training proposal
b) Credentials of trainers
c) Value for money

Please review the Guidelines for the complete list of assessment criteria.


The following are ineligible for funding:
– In-house salaries and volunteer labour costs, including per hour project management costs
– Publishing projects
– Exhibition research, interpretation and signage, and design
– Collecting projects
– Oral histories (recording or transcribing)
– Memorials and plaques
– Interpretive signage or heritage trails
– Building works, capital works, repairs and improvements to existing buildings
– Digitisation and microfilming of newspapers or magazines
– Family history research
– Emergency activities
– Activities that are in progress or have been completed
– Private collections
– Labour costs to carry out rehousing
– Software development and website development