Apply for a heritage grant

What you need to be aware of before you apply and how to apply for a heritage grant.

Before you apply for a heritage grant you need to check your eligibility. The funding guidelines will be made available when a grant round is open for applications. The guidelines explain who and what projects are eligible.

Plan your project

We encourage you to plan ahead and consider these questions:

  • What do you want to do?
  • Why do you want to do it and why is it important?
  • How are you proposing to do this (methods/approach/skills/engagement)?
  • How does the activity fit with the grant assessment criteria?
  • When will things be done (the project timeline)?
  • Where will the project take place (a specific location, region, or community)?
  • Who will be involved in 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; if you can’t, you will need to make informed estimates)?
  • How will you know if your project delivered good results (monitoring and evaluation)?
  • If you have more than one project, you must complete separate applications for each project.

Allow time for approvals

If your project relates to an item listed on the State Heritage Register and/or a declared Aboriginal Place, you must apply and obtain approvals required under the Heritage Act 1977 and/or the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974, or meet the criteria for exemption before commencing any work.

You will be asked about permits and approvals in the application form, when you are awarded a grant, and when reporting on your project. The process of getting permits and approvals is separate to the grant application and can be started before or after you apply for the grant. You will need to allow for this in your project timeframe and budget.

How to apply

We recommend discussing your project idea with us before you apply. We can give you guidance on eligibility and approvals that may be needed.

When a grant round is open for applications, submit your application through SmartyGrants.

If you have more than one project idea, complete a separate grant application for each project.

If you are using SmartyGrants for the first time, create your own profile before starting an application.