Other funding opportunities

The funding information provided below relates to funding for various types of heritage projects available through other organisations.

Funding opportunities for a range of heritage projects

Heritage advice

Your local council is your first source of information on heritage in your local area.

A number of councils have officers who are knowledgeable about heritage matters and who may be able to assist you. To make use of these services, phone the council concerned and ask for the officer who normally deals with heritage matters.

Many councils in NSW also have part-time heritage advisors whose duties normally include giving free advice to owners of heritage items. Phone the council concerned to inquire about discussing your project with the heritage advisor.

Funding from your local council

Many local councils in NSW provide small grants to assist heritage projects. Check with your council to see if it offers grants through its local heritage fund: ask for the officer who normally deals with heritage matters.

Nationally significant collections

The Community Heritage Grants program provides grants to assist with the preservation of locally owned, but nationally significant collections of materials that are publicly accessible.


Museums and Galleries NSWoffers a range ofcommunity grants programs.

Create NSW provides a range of funding programsthat can assist with collections management, exhibitions, display, education and training programs. Some funding is also available for capital work projects.

Local history projects

The Royal Australian Historical Society offers support through two funding programs for local history projects. For information visit the Royal Australian Historical Society grants overview page.

Maritime collections

The Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme is a maritime heritage assistance programthat provides grants for collection management, conservation and presentation. It is jointly funded by the Australian National Maritime Museumand the Australian Government's Attorney-General's Department Ministry for the Arts.

Incentives for donating to museums

The Cultural Gifts Program offers tax incentives for culturally significant gifts to Australia's public collections. It encourages Australians to donate items of cultural significance from private collections to public art galleries, museums, libraries and archives.

The NSW Environmental Trust offers the Protecting our Places Program. This program supports projects that restore or rehabilitate Aboriginal land and land that is culturally significant to Aboriginal people, as well as educate Aboriginal and other communities about the environment.

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs provide funding under the Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program to conserve and upgrade existing memorials and improve safety and access to them or construct new memorials where none exist.

Funding is available for plaques or honour boards and the restoration, preservation and interpretation of Australian wartime memorabilia for public display but not for the construction or maintenance of buildings, including memorial halls and sporting facilities.

The Transport Heritage Grants Program is a NSW Government funded program, administered by the Royal Australian Historical Society, with the support of Transport Heritage NSW. The Program is run on an annual basis and supports organisations and individuals to preserve, explore and promote the history of land based mass transport in NSW.

Australian Heritage Grants is an Australian Government funded program to strengthen recognition, management, conservation and public engagement on/of Australia’s National Heritage List places. Further information can be found on the Department of the Environment and Energy's website.