Owners and managers of Australia’s National Heritage List sites, as well other organisations, can now apply for funding to help protect, conserve and raise awareness of Australia’s national heritage.

A total of $21.4 million will be available under the Australian Heritage Grants program over four years from 2018-19 to 2021-22. From 2022-23 onwards this funding will increase to $5.7 million annually. For the first time, the funding round includes Indigenous and natural heritage places as well as those with historic heritage values.

Applications are open until 19 December 2018 for a share of up to $5.347 million, which will be administered over two years. Grants will be available to successful projects ranging from a minimum $25,000 to a maximum of $400,000 (ex GST).

The National Heritage List protects more than 100 of Australia’s outstanding natural, historic and Indigenous heritage places, including ancient rock art sites, outstanding colonial buildings, beaches, and parks. Iconic destinations, from Victoria’s Echuca Wharf and Queensland’s Qantas Hanger at Longreach, to Adelaide Park Lands and the Sydney Opera House, take their place on the list.

These landmarks and places are an integral part of our identity, telling stories of the moments that made our unique history. They remind us of how Australian life was in the past and prompt us to reflect on how we hope to live in the future.

The Australian Heritage Grants program aims to strengthen recognition, management, and conservation of these sites, and encourage public appreciation of Australia’s National Heritage List places.

Applications for projects that meet the program’s outcomes are now welcome.

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science is responsible for administering the program on behalf of the Department of the Environment and Energy.

For more information on the program, including eligible grant activities, or to apply, go to business.gov.au and GrantConnect.