Australian Heritage Grants 2021-22 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?

Places on Australia's National Heritage List.


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

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


What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible you must:

  • be the site owner of the listed place, or
  • be the site manager of the listed place and provide the current management arrangements or a current letter of support from the site owner, or
  • have the written support of the site owner and/or site manager of the listed place where you are not the site owner or site manager
  • have an Australian business number (ABN), unless you are not entitled to an ABN (see information about ABN entitlement on the ATO website).

You must also 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 Registrar 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 or older.

For more information on eligibility, see 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 entity.


How do you apply?

The Australian Heritage Grants 2021–2022 Grant Opportunity is closed for 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% 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% 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

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Fact sheet - Am I ready to apply?

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Sample application form

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Sample grant agreement

pdf · 0.70 MB docx · 0.15 MB

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