Protecting National Historic Sites 2017-18

At a glance

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Provides grants between $25,000 and $250,000 to organisations or individuals to maintain, protect and conserve places on Australia’s National Heritage List that are recognised for their historic heritage value.

Who can apply:

At a minimum, you must:

  • be a site owner of one of the National Heritage List target places, or have the support of the site owner of one of the National Heritage List target places
  • be a legal entity that can enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN) unless you meet the criteria for ABN exemption
  • be 18 years of age or older, if you are applying as an individual.

Other eligibility requirements apply.

Deadline to apply:

Applications open: 01 February 2018 9:00 am AEDT

Applications close: 08 March 2018 5:00 pm AEDT

Contact information:

13 28 46

business.gov.au/contact

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Overview

The Australian Government’s plan for a cleaner environment rests on four pillars:

  • clean air
  • clean land
  • clean water
  • heritage protection.

This program is a key component of heritage protection and its objectives are to maintain, protect and conserve places on Australia’s National Heritage List that are recognised for their historic heritage values. This program is restricted to the “target places” listed in appendix B of the grant opportunity guidelines.

Any place added to the National Heritage List prior to the program closing date, that has been included for its historic heritage values, will also be considered a target place and be eligible under the program.

  • The minimum grant amount is $25,000.
  • The maximum grant amount is $250,000.
  • The grant amount will be up to 80 per cent of eligible project costs.
  • You must complete your project by 30 June 2019.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • be a site owner of one of the National Heritage List target places, or have the support of the site owner of one of the National Heritage List target places
  • be a legal entity that can enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN) unless you meet the criteria for ABN exemption.

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

You are not eligible to apply if you are:

  • a partnership or trust (however, a trustee may apply on behalf of a trust provided it meets the eligibility criteria set out above)
  • a Commonwealth Government agency or body (including government business enterprises).

To be eligible your project must:

  • achieve one or more of the following:
    • maintain, protect and conserve the target place
    • improve access to the target place
    • improve engagement with, and awareness of the values for which the target place was listed for
  • include eligible activities and eligible expenditure
  • have at least $31,250 in eligible expenditure
  • be completed by 30 June 2019
  • be one or more of the following:
    1. implementing activities identified in an existing Conservation Management Plan of a target place
    2. developing a new or revised Conservation Management Plan of a target place
    3. implementing activities that align with the strategies and priorities for the target place (where there is no Conservation Management Plan in place)
    4. enhancing the Australian public’s understanding of, engagement with, and physical access to a target place.

For more information on the eligibility criteria please refer to the grant opportunity guidelines.

Merit criteria

To be competitive you must score highly against all of the merit criteria. All merit criterion are of equal weighting.

  • Merit criterion 1 - Capacity, capability and resources to deliver the project
  • Merit criterion 2 - Project alignment with policy intent
  • Merit criterion 3 - Impact of grant funding on your project.

For more information on the merit criteria please refer to the grant opportunity guidelines.

How to apply

You should read the grant opportunity guidelines and sample grant agreement before you apply.

To apply, fill in the online application form and attach any mandatory attachments.

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When you submit your online application, we will provide you with an automated receipt number and a link. The link goes to a page where you can enter your email address to receive acknowledgment and a copy of your complete application.

For assistance with the application form contact us.

How we assess applications

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

We then provide advice to a departmental assessment committee, which includes representatives from the Department of the Environment and Energy. The committee may also seek additional advice from independent technical experts.

To recommend a project for funding it must score highly against each merit criterion.

For strategic or exceptional projects, we will assess your application against the program objectives and consider the value for money. We will then refer these applications directly to the Minister.

The Minister decides which grants to approve, taking into account the recommendations of the assessment committee and the availability of grant funds.

If your application is successful

If your application is successful, you will receive a written offer. If you are unsuccessful, we will 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 by 25 June 2018. The grant agreement will specify the reporting requirements, payment schedule and milestones necessary to receive payments.

We use two types of grant agreements in this program. Our selection will depend on the size and complexity of your project. Sample grant agreements are available in the Key documents section below and on GrantConnect.

We will use an exchange of letters as your grant agreement for projects receiving up to $50,000 or where we consider your project to be relatively simple. For these projects we will pay 100 per cent of the grant on execution of the grant agreement. You will be required to report how you spent the grant funds at the completion of the project.

For grants over $50,000 or where we consider your project to be more complex, we will make an initial payment on execution of the grant agreement. We will make a subsequent payment six monthly in advance based on your progress against milestones and your actual eligible expenditure. Payments are subject to satisfactory progress on the project.

In addition, for grants over $50,000, we set aside 20 per cent of the total grant funding for the final payment. We will pay this when you submit a satisfactory final report demonstrating you have completed outstanding obligations for the project.

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

Key documents

  • Grant opportunity guidelines
  • Factsheet
  • Sample application form
  • Sample grant agreement - simple
  • Sample grant agreement - exchange of letter
  • Letter of consent from owner template
  • Sample progress report
  • Sample final project report

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