Australian Heritage Grants 2019-20 and 2020-21 Grant Opportunity

The Australian Heritage Grants Program aims to improve recognition, conservation, preservation and access to the heritage values of National Heritage Listed places. The program also aims to increase community engagement and raise awareness of listed sites.

This grant is currently closed to applications

What do you get?

Grants between $25,000 and $400,000.

Who is this for?

A site and land owner of a place on Australia's National Heritage List. Or else have the written support of the site and land owner.


Australian Heritage Grants funds projects that support places on the Australia's National Heritage List through:

  • improved recognition
  • conservation
  • preservation, and
  • community engagement


To be eligible you must either:

  • be a site and land owner of one of the listed places, or have the written support of the site and land owner of one of the listed places
  • have an Australian business number (ABN), unless you are not entitled to an ABN (information regarding ABN entitlement is available on the ABR website)

and be one of the following entities:

  • an Australian State/Territory government agency or body
  • an Australian local government agency or body
  • Commonwealth corporate entity
  • an entity incorporated in Australia (this includes Indigenous land management organisations registered under the Office of the Register of Indigenous Corporations)
  • a registered Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land council
  • a partnership
  • an individual.

If you are applying as an individual you must be 18 years of age or older.

For more information on eligibility you should refer to the grant opportunity guidelines.

You are not eligible to apply if you are:

  • an unincorporated association
  • trust (however, an incorporated trustee may apply on behalf of a trust)
  • a non-corporate Commonwealth Government agency or body.


The Australian Heritage Grants 2020-21 Grant Opportunity is closed to applications.

We assess your application against the eligibility criteria and then against the assessment criteria. Only eligible applications will proceed to the assessment stage.

The amount of detail and supporting evidence you provide in your application should be relative to the project size, complexity and grant amount requested. You should define, quantify and provide evidence to support your answers. The sample application form displays character limits.

The Minister will make the final decision.

To be competitive you must score highly, at least 60 per cent against all of the assessment criteria.

  • Assessment criterion 1 The extent that your project maintains, protects, conserves and improves access to places on the National Heritage list (40 points)
  • Assessment criterion 2 Capacity, capability and resources to deliver the project (30 points)
  • Assessment criterion 3 Impact of grant funding on your project (30 points)

If your application is successful, you’ll receive a written offer. If you are unsuccessful, we’ll notify you in writing and give you the chance to discuss the outcome with us.

Successful applicants must enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth. The grant agreement will specify the reporting requirements, payment schedule and milestones necessary to receive payments.

We’ll make the first payment when the grant agreement is executed. We’ll make subsequent payments after we have received and accepted the required report. We set aside a minimum of 10 per cent of the total grant funding for the final payment. We’ll pay this when you submit a satisfactory end of project report.

Payments will be made by direct credit into a nominated bank account.

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Key documents

Grant opportunity guidelines 2020-21

pdf · 0.80 MB docx · 0.25 MB

Sample application form

PDF · 0.94 MB

Sample grant agreement - simple

PDF · 0.56 MB DOCX · 0.14 MB

Previous round documents

Grant opportunity guidelines 2019-20

pdf · 1.00 MB docx · 0.26 MB

Grant opportunity guidelines 2018-19

pdf · 0.52 MB docx · 0.24 MB

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