We are pleased to advise the opening of applications for two of the Heritage Near Me grant streams, which will see nearly $5 million available in the next financial year for local heritage projects.
The Local Heritage Strategic Projects program grants are being offered for the first time, while the Heritage Activation Grant Program has opened round 2. The new Local Heritage Strategic Projects program will provide $2 million in funding each year over three years, to provide new opportunities for local communities to collaborate on projects that conserve and rejuvenate their local heritage places. They will drive reform in how we protect, share and celebrate our heritage spaces with initiatives that focus on management and activation in communities.
The Local Heritage Strategic Projects program encourages local communities to identify their own priorities under four broad categories covering conservation and restoration, raising community awareness, innovation in heritage management, and broaden understanding of heritage values. Successful applicants of Local Heritage Strategic Projects will also be provided with specialist support and advice from initial project planning, through to delivery and evaluation from the Heritage Near Me Roadshow team.
The second round of funding through the Heritage Activation Grants stream is now open with a further $2.67 million available. These grants are designed to increase public enjoyment of local heritage by supporting projects such as physical works for better public access, new and innovative public programming, and the development of strategy and business plans.
Owners or managers of heritage items that are listed on their council’s Local Environmental Plan and regularly open to the public are invited to apply for funding through the Heritage Activation Grants program. Applications under the Local Heritage Strategic Projects are open year round subject to available funding. Applications under the Heritage Activation program are open from now until Monday 21 April.
We encourage all eligible individuals or groups to apply and please contact the Heritage Near Me team with any questions.
For more information and to apply, visit the Heritage Near Me Incentives program page.