Heritage grants and funding

The major sources of Australian Government funding for activities that benefit Australia's heritage are:

  • Competitive programmes under which eligible parties can apply for their project to be considered as part of a formal funding round; and
  • Discretionary, ad hoc or non-competitive grants under which funds are approved by the Minister.

Current programmes

Community Heritage and Icons Grants

Community Heritage and Icons Grants 2014-15 will fund a range of interpretation, communication and promotion activities that promote community participation and awareness of places listed on Australia’s National Heritage List.

Historic Shipwrecks Programme

The Historic Shipwrecks Act 1976 aims to ensure that historic shipwrecks are protected for their heritage values and maintained for recreational, scientific and educational purposes. Activities are coordinated through the Historic Shipwrecks Programme which provides on-going funding to the Minister’s Historic Shipwrecks Delegates in each of the states, Northern Territory and Norfolk Island. Funding is also provided to the Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology, which is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the preservation of underwater cultural heritage, and promotion of maritime archaeology.

National Trusts Partnership Programme

The National Trusts Partnership Programme provides on-going funding to the Australian Council of National Trusts to support activities that increase public awareness, understanding and appreciation of Australia's cultural heritage, and enhance and promote its conservation and assist the Trusts to advocate and work for the preservation and enhancement of Australia's cultural heritage.

Protecting National Historic Sites

The Protecting National Historic Sites programme will provide funding of up to $11.5 million (GST exclusive) over three years from 2014-15 to conserve, maintain and protect the 62 places on Australia’s National Heritage List recognised for their historic heritage values.

Other programmes

Indigenous Heritage Programme

The Indigenous Heritage Programme (IHP) transferred to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in November 2013. On 1 July 2014, the Indigenous Advancement Strategy replaced the IHP and more than 150 other individual programmes and activities.


Funding is no longer available from the following sources: