Fishwick Garden Steps v3

Steps at Fishwick House. Credit: Nicole Guyatt Heritage NSW

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Emergency Works Grants - open all year around

The Emergency Works Grants are open all year round to eligible applicants and subject to available funding.

These grants support the protection or repairs to declared Aboriginal Places, items listed on the State Heritage Register, or items with a current Interim Heritage Order that have been damaged by unexpected events (such as an extreme storm or accident) and where your insurance does not cover this cost.

Check the State Heritage Inventory to see if your item or place is a declared Aboriginal Place or listed on the State Heritage Register.

Eligibility criteria and details are in the 2021-23 Emergency Works Grants funding guidelines

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Emergency Works applications can be submitted at any time through the year. 

Announced: 2021-23 NSW Heritage Grants awarded

See the list of grants awarded here

The 2021-23 grant round saw over $5.5 million awarded to 225 projects across three broad funding categories: Aboriginal Cultural Heritage, Caring for State Heritage and Community Heritage.

The 2021-23 funding round aimed to:

  • improve identification, protection, knowledge and understanding of the State's heritage
  • assist owners and custodians with the conservation and activation of items of State and local heritage significance and Aboriginal Places
  • encourage promotion, celebration and cultural participation of the State's heritage
  • increase resilience in NSW: recovery from and preparedness for disasters
  • stimulate the economy.

In this round there were three broad categories of grants:

  • Aboriginal Cultural Heritage
  • Caring for State Heritage
  • Community Heritage

Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Grants

The funding is for: 

  • Improving knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal cultural heritage by developing heritage management documents for declared Aboriginal Places or, items listed on the State Heritage Register
  • Conserving and protecting declared Aboriginal Places and items of Aboriginal cultural heritage that are listed on the State Heritage Register through heritage works projects where the works are:
    • outlined in a heritage management document or
    • address climate change or disaster recovery and preparedness
  • Remediating damage and improving resilience to disasters at other sites of Aboriginal significance that have been adversely affected by natural disasters through targeted heritage works projects
  • Increasing understanding, respect, and celebration of Aboriginal cultural heritage through cultural participation projects

Eligibility criteria and details are in the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Grants Funding Guidelines 2021-23  

Caring for State Heritage Grants

These grants are for projects relating to items listed on the State Heritage Register.

The funding is for:

  • Heritage management documents
  • Works such as:
    • physical conservation works
    • activation
    • addressing Minimum Standards of Maintenance and Repair
    • preparation for disasters and climate change
    • upgrades to allow compliance with the Building Code Australia, Disability Inclusion Act 2014 and Work Health and Safety Act 2011
  • Interpretation

Full eligibility criteria and other details are in the Caring for State Heritage Grants Funding Guidelines 2021-23 

Community Heritage Grants

These grants support communities and local government to identify, conserve and promote heritage.

Some activities in this grant category are only available to local government organisations.

Eligibility criteria and details are in the Community Heritage Grants Funding Guidelines 2021-23

Individuals/Community

Funding is for:

  • Community engagement projects that actively engages people in understanding, celebrating and promoting NSW heritage

Local Government only

Funding is for:

  • Community engagement projects that actively engage people in understanding, celebrating and promoting NSW heritage
  • Local government heritage studies
  • Small Heritage Grants Programs to conserve local heritage
  • Local Heritage Advisor Services