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Giving Voice to the Past
Giving Voice to the Past

Grant Funding Available 


The Royal Australian Historical Society administers NSW State Government grant programs that assist the research and publication of local and specialist history:

Cultural Grants Program

The Cultural Grants Program is an Arts NSW devolved funding program, administered by the Royal Australian Historical Society.  In 2016 the Arts NSW is making available $51,200 available in 2016 to support projects that contribute to our understanding of NSW history, its people and places. 

Are you.. an organisation with non-profit status or sponsored by a non-profit organisation undertaking a project with a lasting historical contribution to a community in NSW?
Examples of successful projects funded by Cultural Grants include:

For further information please read the Cultural Grant guidelines and application form see www.rahs.org.au/grants or contact us on (02) 9247 8001, email grants@rahs.org.au
Applications open 19 April 2016 and close 22 June 2016.

Heritage Grants Program

The Heritage Grants program is one of the Community, Youth and Senior heritage projects funded by NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and administered by RAHS. It provides funding to individuals and community groups for local historical research. The program is designed to facilitate the dissemination of local Australian stories, expression of the diversity of Australian culture as it impacts on communities, and to highlight and localise pivotal Australian historical events and issues.

2016 Heritage Grants Program:
Applications will open 19 April 2016 and close 28 June 2016
For more  information phone 02.9247.8001 or email

Transport Heritage Grants Program

The Transport Heritage Grants Program is a NSW Government funded program, administered by the Royal Australian Historical Society (RAHS), with the support of Transport Heritage NSW (THNSW).

The small grants program will be made available on an annual basis to assist with sustainable projects to restore and conserve rail, tram and bus heritage assets (which are not eligible for other Government funding), to educate the community about NSW transport heritage and for innovative digital research and print interpretation projects.

2016 Transport Heritage Grants Program
Applications will open in July 2016
For more  information phone 02.9247.8001 or email

Community Heritage Grants                       

Administered by the National Library of Australia

The Community Heritage Grants (CHG) program aims to identify Australian cultural heritage collections which are publicly accessible, locally held and nationally significant. Cash grants of up to $15,000 are provided to assist in the preservation and access to these collections. Organisations may apply for more than one project provided the combined value is no more than $15,000, and all projects can be completed within one year. Not-for-profit organisations, such as historical societies, regional museums, public libraries and indigenous and migrant community groups are encouraged to apply.

A wide range of activities may qualify for grants, including:


Applicants should carefully read the 2016 Community Heritage Grant program guidelines before submitting an application.  Guidelines are available at www.nla.gov.au/chg/guidelines


The program is funded by the Australian Government and managed by the National Library of Australia, with support provided by the Ministry for the Arts; the National Archives of Australia; the National Film and Sound Archive; and the National Museum of Australia. Check the website http://www.nla.gov.au/awards-and-grants/chg  for information on types of projects previously funded and grant application and assessment.

For further information or to discuss your application please contact:
Co-ordinator, Community Heritage Grants, National Library of Australia, CANBERRA ACT 2600  02 62672 1147  Email chg@nla.gov.au