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Heritage / Museums Grants

NSW Heritage Grants program

Environment & Heritage NSW

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

  • Emergency Works Projects

  • Aboriginal Heritage Projects
    Community Heritage Projects

  • Community Heritage – Peak Organisations
  • Major Works
  • Heritage Reports
  • Local Government Heritage Planning Studies
  • Local Government Heritage Advisors
  • Local Heritage Places – Small Heritage Grants Program

 
For individual grant information visit the Office of Environment and Heritage website. Read more

  • Closing: 8 February 2019
  • Categories: Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Deen De Bortoli Award for Applied History

History Council of NSW

The History Council of NSW’s program of prizes and awards foster excellence in Australian historical writing, showcase and reward best practice, and advance and promote public understanding and appreciation of history.
 
Generously funded by the De Bortoli family, the purpose of the award is to encourage historians writing Australian political, social, cultural and environmental history to approach their subjects in ways that use the past to inform contemporary concerns and issues. The winner will receive a citation and a prize of $5,000.
 
For more information visit the History Council of NSW’s website. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Heritage / Museums, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Max Kelly Medal

History Council of NSW

The History Council of NSW’s program of prizes and awards foster excellence in Australian historical writing, showcase and reward best practice, and advance and promote public understanding and appreciation of history.
 
The Max Kelly Medal plus a prize of $500, generously donated by Geoffrey Jones, is awarded annually to a ‘beginning’ historian for a work of excellence in any aspect of Australian history.
 
For more information visit the History Council of NSW’s website. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Individuals

National Trust Heritage Awards

National Trust

The National Trust Heritage Awards recognise and promote corporate, individual and group excellence in heritage conservation. The awards bring light to tenacious projects committed to conserving and caring for our state’s heritage sites and our cultural and natural heritage. They celebrate projects, buildings, objects and environments that are being regenerated and revived for future generations to enjoy.
 
Categories include:
 
Adaptive Re-Use
This category is for projects that complement and utilise existing heritage fabric, re-purposing, and new developments which are sympathetic to the traditional uses of a site and its structures and which protect the heritage integrity.
 
Advocacy Campaigns
This category is to recognise the extraordinary commitment of a community group and/or individuals who have pursued the protection and conservation of key heritage places.
 
Conservation – Built Heritage
For projects that relate to conservation of our built heritage including capital works and repair. Such projects may include buildings, structures or sites, urban precincts, commercial items, places of worship, houses, interiors, additions, infill or collections.
 
Conservation Landscape
This category is specifically for projects that relate to landscape management and conservation. This also includes natural, urban and cultural landscapes; Indigenous and non-Indigenous.
 
Conservation Interiors and Objects
This category is for the restoration and conservation of interiors and objects, and may include historic product promotion, and historic industrial processes. Movable objects are also included in this category.
 
Continuing Tradition – New Design, Construction & Development
An award recognising the process of continuing tradition through new design, construction and development.
 
Education And Interpretation
This category is for the restoration and conservation of interiors and objects, and may include historic product promotion, and historic industrial processes. Movable objects are also included in this category.
 
Heritage Events & Exhibitions
This category is for events, exhibitions, displays which emphasis and promotes education, interpretation and community engagement.
 
Heritage Publications
This category is for publications which emphasis and promotes education, interpretation and community engagement.
 
Heritage Tours & Multimedia
This category is for events, exhibitions, displays which emphasis and promotes education, interpretation and community engagement.
 
Research And Investigation / Analysis
Projects for this category may include archaeology, conservation management plans or historical research.
 
For more information visit the National Trust website. Read more

  • Closing: 31 March 2019
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Organisations

NSW Premier’s History Awards

State Library of NSW

The NSW Premier’s History Awards were first presented in 1997 to honour distinguished achievements in history by Australian citizens and permanent residents. The awards assist in establishing values and standards in historical research and publication and encourage everyone to appreciate and learn from the work of our historians. They are held annually.
 
Past winners have included KS Inglis, Patricia Jalland, Inga Clendinnen, Bruce Scates and Raelene Frances, Trevor Graham, Christopher Clark, Nadia Wheatley and Grace Karskens. The New South Wales Premier’s History Awards are administered by the State Library of NSW in association with Arts NSW.
 
Nominations are sought for the following prizes:

  • Australian History Prize

  • General History Prize
  • New South Wales Community and Regional History Prize
  • Young People’s History Prize
  • Multimedia History Prize.

 
For more information visit the State Library of NSW website. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Heritage / Museums, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Community War Memorials Fund

NSW Government

The Community War Memorials Fund provides grants of up to $10,000 for the repair, protection and conservation of existing local war memorials. The program has a focus on preserving memorials with heritage significance using an appropriate conservation approach.
 
The NSW Government established the Community War Memorials Fund to help protect and conserve war memorials across NSW. Since the establishment of the program in 2008, grants have been provided for a wide range of projects including honour roll repair, war memorial cleaning and conservation work, aborist advice for war memorial trees, memorial conservation assessments, security measures for memorials, repairs to war memorial halls and improvements to the accessibility of memorials.
 
For more information visit www.veterans.nsw.gov.au Read more

  • Closing: 25 April 2019
  • Categories: Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Organisations

Community Heritage Grants

National Library of Australia

The Community Heritage Grants (CHG) program provides grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations such as libraries, archives, museums, genealogical and historical societies, multicultural and Indigenous groups. The grants are provided to assist with the preservation of locally owned, but nationally significant collections of materials that are publicly accessible including artefacts, letters, diaries, maps, photographs, and audio visual material.
 
The types of projects supported include:

  • significance assessments of collections

  • preservation needs assessments of collections
  • conservation activities and collection management, and
  • training workshops.

 
For more information visit the National Library of Australia website. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Organisations

MAAS Research Fellowship Program

Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

The MAAS Visiting Research Fellowship Program provides a supportive environment for researchers to undertake research related to the Museum’s collection, education, conservation and museum practice. The fellowships enable researchers to access the Museum’s resources to support their research for a short period of time. The visit will initiate and develop collaborative research and facilitate interaction with, and training of, MAAS staff. Visiting fellows are expected to make a tangible contribution to the Museum during the period of their stay, for example, through presenting work-in-progress or research outcomes to MAAS staff or through the public programs offered by the Museum, professional development for MAAS staff, contributing to object statements, writing articles for publications, or by making a broad contribution to the Museum’s public programs.
 
The fellowships are targeted at established researchers such as university academics and independent scholars.
 
Applicants are required to have a PhD, experience working in a research environment (for example, a university, a museum), and a scholarly track record.
 
The Museum is seeking participants with proposals that address the Museum’s four strategic ambitions: curiosity, creativity, collaboration & sustainability, in addition to one of the eight key research areas:

  • Technologies

  • Health & medicine
  • Physical sciences
  • Engineering
  • Architecture & the built environment
  • Design & decorative arts
  • Fashion
  • Contemporary culture.

 
Resources
Fellows will be provided with access to:

  • The MAAS collection – via current exhibitions or through a supervised exploration of objects in the basement store

  • The research library
  • The Museum’s public spaces
  • Staff expertise – curatorial, conservation, education, programs, digital & media
  • A workspace
  • Internet access
  • Access to the EMU database (the Museum’s collection management system)

 
For more information visit the MAAS website. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Fellowship & Scholarship, Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Individuals

IMAGinE Awards

Museums and Galleries NSW

The IMAGinE awards recognise the people who work in museums and galleries across NSW and the contributions they make. IMAGinE celebrates all institutions and pays homage to those organisations run by volunteers, with limited budgets and minimal resources. These awards offer a unique opportunity for museums and galleries in NSW to advocate, promote their achievements and raise their profile within the sector and the broader community.
 
The 2018 award categories are:

  • Exhibitions Projects

  • Engagement Programs
  • Capacity Building, Capital & Sustainability Programs
  • Individual Achievement

 
M&G NSW are also excited to announce the inaugural ACHAA Award for Excellence by an Aboriginal Curator.
 
For more information about the IMAGinE awards please visit mgnsw.org.au or contact 02 9252 8300 or imagine@mgnsw.org.au Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries, Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program

Australian Government Department of Veterans' Affairs

The Saluting Their Service (STS) Commemorative Grants program is designed to preserve Australia’s wartime heritage and to involve people throughout the nation in a wide range of projects and activities that highlight the service and sacrifice of Australia’s servicemen and women in wars, conflicts and peace operations, and promote appreciation and understanding of the role that those who served have played in shaping the nation.

Two categories of grants are available under the STS program:

  1. Community Grants (STS-CG) — Grants up to a maximum of $10,000 are available for community-based commemorative projects and activities. This includes, for example, the building of community memorials and the preservation of wartime memorabilia that is significant locally but is not necessarily nationally significant.
  2. Major Grants (STS-MG) — Grants between $10,001 and $150,000 are available for major commemorative projects and activities that are significant from a national, state, territory and/or regional perspective.

Closing Date & Time 31 March 2020 – 11:00pm AEDT Read more

  • Closing: 31 March 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Capital / Infrastructure, Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Organisations

NSW Heritage Grants Program

Royal Australian Historical Society

The Small Grants Program for Local History and Archives is administered by the Royal Australian Historical Society on behalf of the NSW Government through the Heritage Council of NSW. Grants of up to $5,000 support the work undertaken by local historical societies, community organisations and individuals across NSW.

The projects should be relevant to understanding the history of NSW and its people and places. The main priority areas for 2020 are detailed in the guidelines. Please subscribe to our eNewsletter or blog for the latest news on this program.

For more information visit the Royal Australian Historical Society website. Read more

  • Closing: 1 April 2020
  • Categories: Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Placement Programs

Museums and Galleries NSW

Volunteer Placements

provide volunteers from NSW volunteer managed museums and Aboriginal cultural centres with the opportunity to spend two weeks with staff and resources of larger or more specialised cultural organisations.

Up to $1,500 per placement is available and individuals can be hosted at the following organisations:

  • Hurstville Museum & Gallery
  • State Archives and Records of NSW
  • Volunteer Placement applicants also have the option to choose their own organisation.

M&G NSW staff can provide advice on possible placements and make contact with organisations on their behalf.  visit the Museums & Galleries of NSW website.

Mentorship Program

Mentorships provide opportunities for emerging and mid-level NSW museum and gallery staff to spend two weeks with a state, national or smaller, more specialised organisation.

Up to $3,000 per placement is available and individuals can be hosted at the following organisations:

  • Art Gallery of NSW
  • Australian Museum
  • Mentorship applicants also have the option to choose their own organisation.

M&G NSW staff can provide advice on possible placements and make contact with organisations on their behalf.  Find out more

Fellowship Program

Fellowships offer senior staff from NSW museums and galleries the opportunity to spend two weeks at an international cultural organisation.  Up to $6,000 per placement is available and individuals.
M&G NSW staff can provide advice on possible placements and make contact with organisations on their behalf. Find out more Read more

  • Closing: 2 April 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Heritage / Museums, Indigenous
  • Open To: Individuals

Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme

Australian National Maritime Museum

2020 support for bushfire affected organisations:
In support of those organisations affected by the summer of 2019–20 bushfire crises across the country, a priority weighting will be given by the Selection Committee to applications submitted by these organisations.

The museum’s grant and internship program (known as the Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme or MMAPSS) offers funding to regional museums and organisations to help preserve or display objects of national and historical maritime significance.

It also supports staff or volunteers, from remote or regional organisations, to spend time learning specific skills and making valuable connections.

The scheme gives grants of up to $15,000 for projects that fall into one of these categories:

  • Collection management (registration, documentation and storage)
  • Conservation (preservation, vessel restoration, conservation work/treatments and professional assessments)
  • Presentation (research, development of exhibitions, establishing interpretative displays and workshops)
  • Development of relevant education or public programs which make collections more accessible to audiences
  • Museological training for paid or unpaid workers of not-for-profit organisations caring for Australia’s maritime collections.
  • Internships funding of up to $3,000 is also available to help develop museological skills and knowledge to increase standards of practice in caring for and managing maritime collections.

For more information see The Australian National Maritime Museum Read more

  • Closing: 1 May 2020
  • Categories: Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Organisations

Ian Potter Cultural Trust Emerging Artists Grants

Ian Potter Foundation

The Ian Potter Cultural Trust aims to support and nurture a vibrant, diverse arts sector in Australia, and encourage the pursuit of excellence. Individual artists are the essential ‘building blocks’ of the sector, so the Trust’s grants work to reward commitment and passion, and support our most talented artists to develop their skills and achieve their potential.

The Trust offers grants of up to $7,000 to assist early career artists of exceptional talent to undertake professional development, usually overseas. International professional development opportunities allow emerging or early-career artists to gain experience, develop networks and learn skills from the world’s best. We believe these experiences are invaluable for the individual artists and for the ongoing development sector as a whole.

The Cultural Trust funds nationally, and across the Arts sector spanning traditional art forms right through to experimental mediums. We seek to support artists in a wide range of practice areas including:

  • visual arts
  • performing arts
  • dance
  • music
  • literature
  • design
  • multimedia/moving image and,
  • conservation/moveable cultural heritage.

The Cultural Trust has three funding rounds a year. Applications can be submitted in any round.

  1. Nov-Jan
  2. March – May
  3. July – Sept

Please check The Ian Potter Cultural Trust website for specific dates as these vary from year to year. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries, Dance, Disability, Heritage / Museums, Indigenous, Literature, Multicultural, Music, Performing Arts, Screen Arts / Film, Technology, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Cultural Grants Program

Royal Australian Historical Society

The Cultural Grants Program is a Create NSW devolved funding program administered by the Royal Australian Historical Society on behalf of the NSW Government. This Cultural Grants program assists historical research and publication of local, community and regional history projects.

The Society would like to thank Create NSW for providing funding for the cultural grants program that supports local history and heritage projects facilitating an understanding of the history of the people and places of New South Wales. The Society will distribute $50,000 in grants each year.

For more information visit the Royal Australian Historical Society website. Read more

  • Closing: 10 June 2020
  • Categories: Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Organisations

Audience Development Fund

Museums and Galleries NSW

Applications open: 1 April 2020

The Audience Development Fund (ADF) offers public galleries in NSW assistance in targeting and developing new audiences. It encourages galleries to create innovative public programs that engage artists and the community. The fund is designed to support galleries to develop and trial new models for engaging audiences that will increase immediate and future attendance, access and participation.

Amount available: up to $10,000 for each grant (no minimum)

visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 29 July 2020
  • Categories: Creative Industries, Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Organisations

Dobell Exhibition Grant

Museums and Galleries NSW

supported by the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation, offers $40,000 in funding to one regional NSW gallery per annum. The program aims to support high quality exhibitions that speak to a broad audience across NSW. To assist in expanding appreciation for the visual arts, these exhibitions should be supported by innovative public and education programs that creatively engage both artists and the community.

In addition to the support provided by the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation, M&G NSW will offer successful applicants the opportunity to develop a national tour of their funded exhibition.  visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 2 September 2020
  • Categories: Heritage / Museums, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Organisations

Volunteer Museum Grants

Museums and Galleries NSW

M&G NSW is accepting applications for four grants from the Volunteer Museum Grant Program. These grants provide assistance to volunteer community museums and Aboriginal Keeping Places in NSW.

Funded by the NSW Government through Create NSW and administrated by Museums & Galleries of NSW, the program is designed to provide access to funding, in addition to providing experience in the grant application process.

SMALL GRANTS
Up to $2,000 for short-term, collection-based projects.
There are no set categories for funding and applications for a broad range of projects will be considered.
Find out more

SKILLS DEVELOPMENT GRANTS
Up to $4000 for the development and delivery of skill development training and networking events. The events are expected to involve more than one museum and usually bring in a professional consultant to run one or a series of workshops.
Find out more

LEG UP GRANTS
Matched funding of $50 – $500 for volunteers to attend or host development activities in NSW. The grants can cover the cost of attending a workshop, conference or course, bringing a presenter to your museum or the travel costs of a group of volunteers visiting another museum.
Find out more

Project Development

Up to $7,500 to allow community museums and keeping places to carry out strategic and innovative projects with mid to long term outcomes. The grants can also provide an opportunity to work productively with an appropriate museums and/or arts consultant as a skill development opportunity.

Find out more

  Read more

  • Closing: 13 September 2020
  • Categories: Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Organisations