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Before you apply

Things to consider before you apply for a heritage grant.

Heritage listing types and eligibility

Please note there is a difference between State Heritage Register and locally listed heritage items

The heritage listing type of the item will affect eligibility. Information about listing types is available on the page Heritage listing explained.  

Locally listed heritage items (on Local Environmental Plans but not on the State Heritage Register) are supported through grants run by local councils, rather than through Heritage NSW grants directly. Contact your local council for details on funding programs. A list of councils who are funded to provide these programs is available on the Grant recipients page. 

Check the State Heritage Inventory to find out the heritage listing type for your item.

See the page Other funding opportunities for a range of other community, State and Commonwealth grants available that may be relevant to your requirements if you do not meet the Heritage NSW grant program eligibility requirements.

Tips on how to prepare your application

Applicants are encouraged to prepare project ideas early. It is helpful to consider the following questions:

  • What do you want to do?
  • Why do you want to do it and why is it important?
  • How does it fit with the grant assessment criteria?
  • How are you proposing to do this? (methods/approach/skills/engagement)
  • When will things be done? (the project timeline)
  • Where will the project take place? (a specific location, a region, or a community)
  • Who will be involved in the project? (specialists, stakeholders or partners)
  • Who will benefit from the project?
  • How much it will cost to deliver the project successfully? (obtain quotes where you can. If you can’t, you will need to make informed estimates)
  • How will you know if your project delivered good results? (monitoring and evaluation)
  • If you have more than one project, you must complete separate applications for each project.

Remember: if your project relates to an item listed on the State Heritage Register and/or a declared Aboriginal Places you must apply and obtain any approvals and permits under the Heritage Act 1977 and/or the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974, or meet the criteria for exemption before commencing any work. You will be asked about permits and approvals in the application form, when you are awarded a grant, and when reporting on your project. The process of getting permits and approvals is separate to the grant application and can be started before or after you apply for the grant. You will need to allow for this in your project timeframe and budget.

"We are so appreciative of the assistance and ease of availability of (the Heritage NSW teams) regarding our questions about our application."  2019-21 grant applicant