Heritage grants and funding

The NSW Government is committed to ensuring that our heritage is valued, protected, and enjoyed. The Heritage Grants Program is designed to help owners, custodians, managers and communities to know, value and care for their heritage.

The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage 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 is available?

The 2019-21 round is now open for applications. Applications can be submitted at any time up until midday (12 noon) on Friday 8 February 2019.

About Heritage Grants

The 2019-21 funding round is offering $6 million over a two-year period 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.

To increase efficiencies, the nine previous streams have been streamlined into three broad categories:

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

Information on the grants, including who is eligible and what types of projects are eligible, is available in each of the grant category guidelines, located below.

The Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Grants category is for:

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

It is anticipated that the grants will help to support connection to Country.

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

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The State Heritage Register is a list of places and objects (collectively referred to as items) which represent heritage of particular importance to the people of New South Wales.

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

Note: 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. If you are unsure, please contact us and we can clarify if your item is on the State Heritage Register.

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

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The community heritage grants category 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. Funding is available towards:

Community and local government

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

Local government only

  • Local Government Heritage Studies
  • Small Heritage Grants (devolved) Programs to conserve local heritage
  • Local Heritage Advisor Services

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

Community applicants submit your application in SmartyGrants

Local Government applicants submit your application in SmartyGrants

Grants under the State Heritage Register Emergency Works Funding program are open year-round subject to available funding.

The purpose of this grant category is to support the protection or repairs to State Heritage Register Listed items or items under an 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 to see if your item is listed on the State Heritage Register. If you are unsure, please contact us and we can clarify if your item is on the State Heritage Register.

Full eligibility criteria and other details are in the State Heritage Register Emergency Works Grants Guidelines.

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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.

Contact us

Heritage Grants Team