Heritage grants and funding

The NSW Government is committed to celebrating, protecting and respecting the diversity of our heritage and cultures. The Heritage Grants Program is designed to help owners, custodians, managers and communities to recognise, value and care for their heritage.

The Department of Premier and Cabinet and the Heritage Council of NSW work together to connect communities to heritage at a local and state level. One way we do this is through the Heritage Grants Program, providing grants to heritage owners and custodians, local government and the community to deliver a broad range of heritage outcomes.

When is funding available?

The 2019-21 round has now closed for applications.

The next funding round is expected to be called during 2020-21.

Please see our listing of other funding opportunities available from other organisations. If you’d like to be notified of when our heritage grant programs will open in the future, please register your details at the bottom of this page.

State Heritage Register Emergency Works Grants are open year-round to eligible applicants.

About Heritage Grants

The 2019-21 funding round aims to:

  • improve identification, protection, knowledge and understanding of the State's heritage
  • assist owners and custodians with the conservation and activation of items of State and local heritage significance and Aboriginal Places
  • encourage promotion celebration and cultural participation of the State's heritage.

In this round there are three broad categories:

  • Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Grants
  • Community Heritage Grants
  • Caring for State Heritage Grants

Details on the grants, including eligibility, is available in each of the grant category guidelines below for information.

The Emergency Works Grants are open year-round subject to available funding.

The purpose of this grant category is to support the protection or repairs to gazetted Aboriginal Places, items on the State Heritage Register or items with a current Interim Heritage Order that have been damaged by unexpected events (such as an extreme storm or accident) and where your insurance does not cover this cost.

Check the NSW State Heritage Inventory to see if your item or place is a gazetted Aboriginal Place or listed on the State Heritage Register.

Full eligibility criteria and other details are in the Emergency Works Grants Guidelines (PDF 1.1MB).

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The Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Grants are for:

  • improving knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal cultural heritage by developing conservation management documents for declared Aboriginal Places or places or objects listed on the State Heritage Register
  • doing works within a conservation management document to conserve and protect places and objects of Aboriginal cultural heritage that are  listed on the State Heritage Register or gazetted as Aboriginal Places
  • increasing understanding, respect, and celebration of and cultural participation in Aboriginal cultural heritage.

The grants aim to help to support connection to Country.

Full eligibility criteria and other details are in the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Grants Guidelines 2019-21.

The Caring for State Heritage Grants provides funding to support the understanding, conservation, protection and activation of items listed on the State Heritage Register.

For projects which interpret an item listed on the State Heritage Register go to the Community Heritage Grants category.

Check to see if your item is listed on the State Heritage Register.

Full eligibility criteria and other details are in the Caring for State Heritage Grants Guidelines 2019-21.

The Community Heritage Grants focuses on enabling local councils and communities to identify, conserve, interpret and promote heritage.

It includes similar activities to the Community Heritage Projects, Local Government Heritage Advisors, Local Heritage Places and Local Government Planning Studies streams that were run in the 2017-19 funding rounds.

Some activities in this grant stream are only available to local government organisations while others are open to a broader group of applicants.

Eligible activities are detailed in the Community Heritage Grants Guidelines 2019-21.

Funding is available towards:

Community

  • Community engagement projects for celebration and promotion of heritage
  • Interpretation projects for an item on the State Heritage Register

Local government

  • Community engagement projects for celebration and promotion of heritage
  • Interpretation projects for an item on the State Heritage Register
  • Local government heritage studies
  • Small Heritage Grants Programs to conserve local heritage
  • Local Heritage Advisor Services

Preparing a Grant Application

Potential applicants are encouraged to prepare their project ideas early. When preparing your project application, it is helpful to consider the following questions:

  • What do you want to do?
  • Why do you want to do it and why is it important?
  • How does it fit with the grant assessment criteria?
  • How are you proposing to do this (methods/approach/skills/engagement)?
  • Are approvals and permits required?
  • How will you know if your project is successful (monitoring and evaluation)?
  • When will things be done (the project timeline)?
  • Where does this take place (a specific location, a region, or a community)?
  • Who will be involved in doing the project (specialists, stakeholders or partners)?
  • Who will benefit from the project?
  • How much it will cost to deliver the project successfully (obtain quotes where you can, and if you cannot you will need to make informed estimates)?

If you have more than one project, you should complete separate applications for each project.