Australian Heritage Grants 2018-19 Grant Opportunity

At a glance


Provides organisations or individuals with grants of between $25,000 and $400,000 to protect, manage and conserve places on Australia’s Heritage List.

Who can apply:

At a minimum, you must:

  • be a site and land owner of one of Australia's National Heritage List places, or have the support of the site and land owner of one of the listed places
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN), unless you unless you are not entitled to an ABN
  • be 18 years of age or older, if you are applying as an individual.

Other eligibility requirements apply.

Deadline to apply:

Contact information:

13 28 46



Australian Heritage Grants will support projects that strengthen recognition, management, conservation and public engagement on/of places on Australia's National Heritage List. A list of Australia's National Heritage List places is included in appendix B of the grant opportunity guidelines.

Any place added to the National Heritage List prior to the program closing date will be considered a listed place and be eligible under the program.

  • The minimum grant amount is $25,000
  • The maximum grant amount is $400,000

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • be a site and land owner of one of the listed places, or have the 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 ATO website)

and be one of the following entities:

  • a State/Territory agency or body
  • a local government agency or body
  • Commonwealth corporate entity
  • an entity incorporated in Australia (includes registered land councils)
  • 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.

Merit criteria

To be competitive you must score highly against all of the merit criteria.

  • The extent that your project maintains, protects, conserves and improves access to places on the National Heritage list (50 points)
  • Capacity, capability and resources to deliver the project (30 points)
  • Impact of grant funding on your project (20 points)

For more information on the merit criteria you should 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.


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.

Applications are assessed by a departmental assessment committee, which includes representatives from the Department of the Environment and Energy and the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. The committee may seek additional advice from independent technical experts.

The committee will compare your application to other eligible applications before recommending which projects to fund. They will also consider the following factors:

  • urgency of conservation
  • geographical spread of projects
  • project types
  • previous Australian Government heritage grant funding for the site. (Priority will be given to sites that have not been funded under previous grant rounds)
  • any non-compliance in relation to previous grant activity.

The Commonwealth Minister for the Environment decides which grants to approve taking into account 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. The grant agreement will specify the reporting requirements, payment schedule and milestones necessary to receive payments.

Key documents

  • Grant opportunity guidelines
  • Sample application form
  • Sample grant agreement

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