Your Community Heritage

Up to $500,000 is available to ensure a community’s heritage is preserved.

 

Your Community Heritage

 

About

Your Community Heritage program recognises that our heritage is not just about ‘big’ heritage such as places on the World and National Heritage Lists, it is also about the heritage of individual communities, be they in regional Australia or small towns or in dispersed multicultural communities. Your Community Heritage program is about broadening our understanding and support of heritage and the organisations, individuals, volunteers and communities, who protect and manage so many of our unique heritage places and stories.

Your Community Heritage program will promote the importance of heritage to the community and its role in bringing people together, creating community identity and a sense of pride.

For the purposes of the Your Community Heritage, a place is considered to be nationally significant if the place has outstanding heritage value to the nation because of one or more of the following:

    • the place’s importance in the course or pattern of Australia’s history;
    • its rarity;
    • its potential to yield information that will contribute to an understanding of Australia’s history;
    • it demonstrates the principal characteristics of a class of place;
    • its aesthetic characteristics valued by a community or cultural group;
    • its importance in demonstrating a high degree of creative or technical achievement at a particular period;
    • its strong or special association with a particular community or cultural group for social, cultural or spiritual reasons; or
    • its special association with the life or works of a person, or group of persons, of importance in Australia’s history.

The outcomes of the Your Community Heritage program will include:

    • Heritage needs of communities are met, better understood and known;
    • Improved conservation of Australia’s World, National and local heritage places;
    • Improved interpretation and access to heritage places and stories;
    • Improved community awareness of heritage places, stories, skills and the benefits of their heritage conservation; and
    • Contribute to an enhanced sense of community pride and national identity.

In 2012–13, Your Community Heritage funding is available under five sub-programs:

    •  Protecting National Historic Sites;
    • Recovering from Natural Disasters;
    • Commemorating Eminent Australians;
    • Sharing Community Heritage Stories; and
    • Celebrating Community Heritage.

Protecting National Historic Sites

The Protecting National Historic Sites sub-program focuses on supporting high priority activities to protect and conserve Australia’s nationally significant historic heritage.

Recovering from Natural Disasters

The Recovering from Natural Disasters sub-program is available to undertake natural disaster recovery and mitigation activities relating to local historic heritage places.

Commemorating Eminent Australians

The grant funding for this sub-program focuses on supporting activities to conserve existing graves and memorials of Australians whose life and work has made a significant contribution to Australia and/or the world.

Sharing Community Heritage Stories

The Sharing Community Heritage Stories sub-program focuses on identifying, recording and sharing stories that have important historic, multicultural or social relevance to local and Indigenous communities. Grants will be made available for projects that explore and communicate the stories that connect our communities with their past.

Celebrating Community Heritage

The Celebrating Community Heritage sub-program focuses on enhancing community engagement and building capacity in local communities. Grants will be made available to promote a sense of pride and connection to local heritage places, including community heritage celebrations, and workshops which encourage retention of skills at risk of being lost.

 

Objectives

The objectives of the Your Community Heritage program are:

    • to protect, conserve and enhance the values of significant historic heritage;
    • to enhance the resilience of heritage places to withstand natural disasters such as floods, bush fires, storms, and earthquakes;
    • to contribute to the management and the long term sustainability of significant historic heritage sites;
    • to commemorate eminent Australians;

    • to bring communities together, and to enhance community identity through sharing stories, including multicultural stories; and

    • to contribute to the preservation and understanding of skills at risk of being lost.

The Protecting National Historic Sites sub-program aims to assist owners and managers of nationally significant historic heritage sites to maintain and conserve the heritage values of these sites.

The Recovering from Natural Disasters sub-program aims to assist in the recovery of historic heritage sites affected by recent natural disasters such as floods, bush fires, storms and cyclones. The Recovering from Natural Disasters sub-program will also make funding available to increase an affected site’s resilience to possible future natural disaster events.

The Commemorating Eminent Australians sub-program aims to assist in the conservation of existing graves and memorials of deceased persons, both in Australia or overseas. Such persons must be eminent Australians whose life and work has made a significant (non-military) contribution to Australia and/or the world.

The Sharing Community Heritage Stories sub-program aims to explore and communicate stories that connect communities with their past. It aims to extend public knowledge and interest in Australia’s heritage by identifying, recording and sharing stories that have important historic, multicultural or social relevance to local and Indigenous communities.

The Celebrating Community Heritage sub-program aims to promote community identity, a sense of pride, and foster connections to local heritage places.

 

Funding

The total funding appropriation for the Your Community Heritage program in 2012–13 is up to $7.42 million.  Funding under each sub-program will be determined by demand and the quality of applications.

    • Grants of $50,000 to $500,000 (GST exclusive) are available through Protecting National Historic Sites.
    • Grants of $5,000 to $70,000 (GST exclusive) are available through Recovering from Natural Disasters.

    • Grants of up to $10,000 (GST exclusive) are available through Commemorating Eminent Australians.
    • Grants of $2,500 to $25,000 (GST exclusive) are available through Sharing Community Heritage Stories.

    • Grants of $2,500 to $25,000 (GST exclusive) are available through Celebrating Community Heritage.

     

    Eligible Applicants

    You are eligible to apply if you are:

      • an Australian legal entity able to enter into a funding agreement with the Australian Government (for example, a company under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) or an incorporated association under State or Territory law); and/or
      • a state or territory government department, agency or authority or local Council.

    If you do not hold a current ABN, you will be required to complete a ‘Statement by a Supplier’ form (available from the Australian Taxation Office) before entering into any funding agreement with the Australian Government.

    In addition to the general eligibility criteria and application requirements, your application must meet the specific eligibility criteria for the sub-program you are applying for.

    Protecting National Historic Sites Special Eligibility Criteria

    In addition to the general eligibility criteria for the Your Community Heritage program, to be eligible for funding through the Protecting National Historic Sites sub-program, your application must address the following specific eligibility criteria:

      • the proposal must concern a place or structure that is on the National Heritage List or another national, state/territory register and considered nationally significant for its historic values;
      • the place or structure which is the subject of the application, must be publicly accessible;
      • if you are not the owner of the place concerned, the application must include written evidence of the owner’s consent to implement the project;
      • the application must provide evidence that the works will be carried out in accordance with heritage best practice as contained in the Burra Charter, and endorsed by an appropriate technical advisor, such as a heritage architect;
      • eligible activities such as those described below must be carried out in accordance with a Management Plan. If a current Management Plan does not exist, the works must be endorsed by the project’s technical advisor;
      • the application must provide evidence of 50% or more in co-contributions (cash/in-kind) from you, your organisation and/or a third party, towards the total cost of your project;
      • evidence must be provided demonstrating that any necessary approvals, licences, permissions, etc, either have been sought and obtained, or will be sought and  obtained early in the delivery of the project, prior to works commencing;
      • if the total cost of any individual project activity, as detailed within the project budget, exceeds $10,000 (GST exclusive) you must attach three written quotes to your application. If it is not possible to obtain three quotes, you will be required to provide an explanation within your application as to why you have not been able to obtain three quotes; and
      • the project must be able to be completed by 20 December 2014.

    Recovering from Natural Disasters

     In addition to the general eligibility criteria for the Your Community Heritage program, to be eligible for funding under the Recovering from Natural Disasters sub-program, your application must address the following specific criteria:

      • the application must concern a place identified on, at a minimum, a local heritage List or Inventory or State/Territory Register for its historic values;
      • the application must include evidence that the place is in a natural disaster affected area that was officially declared since 1 January 2009, by providing a copy of the relevant state/territory government gazettal/declaration;
      • the application must demonstrate that any damage you are proposing to repair with the use of Recovering from Natural Disasters sub-program funding is not covered by insurance, either by providing a  letter from your insurance provider showing the proposed works are not covered by your policy, or by submitting a signed statutory declaration to this effect;
      • if the application relates to repair or restoration, you must provide evidence that the damage you are applying for funding to repair was as a result of the recent natural disaster;
      • the application must include evidence that the works will be carried out in accordance with heritage best practice as contained in the Burra Charter, and endorsed by a Heritage Advisor, in consultation with your local Council;
      • if you are not the owner of the place concerned, the application must include written evidence of the owner’s consent to implement the project;
      • evidence demonstrating that any necessary approvals, licences, permissions, etc, either have been sought and obtained, or will be sought and obtained early in the delivery of the project, prior to works commencing;
      • if the total cost of any individual project activity, as detailed within the project budget, exceeds $10,000 (GST exclusive) you must attach three written quotes to your application. If it is not possible to obtain three quotes, you will be required to provide an explanation within your application as to why you have not been able to obtain three quotes; and
      • the project must be able to be completed by 30 June 2014.

    Commemorating Eminent Australians

    In addition to the general eligibility criteria for the Your Community Heritage program, to be eligible for funding through the Commemorating Eminent Australians sub-program your application must address the following specific criteria:

      • the application must concern an eminent deceased Australian and provide evidence that the eminent person has met at least three or more of the Eminency Criteria outlined;
      • the grave or memorial of the eminent person must be pre-existing and publically accessible;
      • if undertaking the installation of, for example, a plaque or interpretive materials, honouring an eminent Australian, it must be publically accessible;
      • the application must provide evidence that the works will be carried out in accordance with heritage best practice as contained in the Burra Charter, and endorsed by an appropriate technical advisor, such as a heritage architect;
      • if applicable, evidence must be provided that the next of kin of the eminent person has been consulted and given their consent to implement the project or that best efforts have been made to contact a next of kin of the eminent person;
      • evidence demonstrating that any necessary approvals, licences, permissions, etc, either have been sought and obtained, or will be sought and obtained early in the delivery of the project, prior to works commencing;
      • if the total cost of any individual project activity, as detailed within the project budget, exceeds $10,000 (GST exclusive) you must attach three written quotes to your application. If it is not possible to obtain three quotes, you will be required to provide an explanation within your application as to why you have not been able to obtain three quotes; and
      • the project must be able to be completed by 30 June 2014.

     Sharing Community Heritage Stories

    In addition to the general eligibility criteria for the Your Community Heritage program, to be eligible for funding through the Sharing Community Heritage Stories sub-program your application must address the following specific criteria:

      • the application must concern a historic or Indigenous place or story of important historic, multicultural or social relevance to a local community;
      • the application must include evidence of substantial community support for the project through letters of support. Letters of support from, for example, local council, a state or territory heritage office, National Trust, appropriate Traditional Owners/Elders or an Indigenous Land Council, local businesses and community organisations or “Friends of” group. The letters of support should be signed and dated by a duly authorised representative of the supporting entity;
      • stories must be able to be publicly accessible, usable, and able to be reproduced without copyright infringement implications;
      • stories must be properly sourced and referenced, with appropriate acknowledgments;
      • stories and research outcomes must be compiled in a format suitable for online access and for publishing on a website;
      • the application must include an outline of how the project will be promoted and publicly disseminated;

      • the application must provide evidence of 25% or more in co-contributions (cash/in-kind) from you, your organisation and/or a third party, towards the total cost of your project;

      • if the total cost of any individual project activity, as detailed within the project budget, exceeds $10,000 (GST exclusive) you must attach three written quotes to your application. If it is not possible to obtain three quotes, you will be required to provide an explanation within your application as to why you have not been able to obtain three quotes; and

      • the project must be able to be completed by 30 June 2014.

    Celebrating Community Heritage

    In addition to the general eligibility criteria for the Your Community Heritage program, to be eligible for funding through the Celebrating Community Heritage sub-program your application must address the following specific criteria:

      • the application must concern a historic or Indigenous celebration of important historic, cultural or social relevance to a local community, a celebration that promotes a sense of pride and connection to a local heritage place, or an event that involves demonstrating or teaching related skills;
      • the application must include evidence of substantial community support for the project through letters of support. Letters of support from, for example, local Council, a state or territory heritage office, National Trust, appropriate Traditional Owners/Elders or an Indigenous Land Council local businesses and community organisations, “Friends of” group. The letters of support should be signed and dated by a duly authorised representative of the supporting entity;
      • the application must include an outline of how the celebration will be promoted to the public;
      • the application must provide evidence of 25% or more in co-contributions (cash/in-kind) from you, your organisation and/or a third party, towards the total cost of your project;
      • if you are not the owner of a place which is the subject of the celebration, the application must include written evidence of the owner’s consent to implement the project;
      • if the total cost of any individual project activity, as detailed within the project budget, exceeds $10,000 (GST exclusive) you must attach three written quotes to your application. If it is not possible to obtain three quotes, you will be required to provide an explanation within your application as to why you have not been able to obtain three quotes; and
      • the project must be able to be completed by 30 June 2014.

       

      Eligible Projects

      Protecting National Historic Sites

        • conservation or restoration activities identified in a Management Plan;
        • development of Management Plans or improved management arrangements;
        • building the sustainability of sites, including through planning and development of facilities to enhance visitor understanding and access; and
        • research activities which contribute to development of conservation policies to protect the heritage values of a site.

      Recovering from Natural Disasters

        • activities that repair or restore damage to affected historic heritage sites; and
        • works that would make the site more resilient to possible natural disasters in the future.

      Commemorating Eminent Australians

        • Conservation or restoration of existing graves or memorials of an eminent Australian;
        • Maintenance of graves and memorials of Prime Ministers and Governors General;
        • Installation of, for example, a plaque or interpretive materials, honouring an eminent Australian; and
        • Development of a Management Plan for an existing grave or memorial of an eminent Australian.

      Sharing Community Heritage Stories

        • holding story telling/oral history sessions or presenting related research;
        • producing exhibitions;
        • production of print materials such as booklets, brochures, pamphlets;
        • development of audio tours;
        • development of interactive tours;
        • creation of interpretive signage including installation of plaques;
        • research activities that will improve community understanding of a site;
        • comparative analysis to investigate nationally-significant values in the case of places on the Australian Heritage Council’s National Heritage assessment work plan; and
        • telling traditional Indigenous stories.

      Celebrating Community Heritage

        • community heritage activities that promote conservation and a sense of pride and connection to local heritage places;
        • heritage forums or community fairs;
        • public workshops to teach or demonstrate traditional construction methods at risk of being lost, for example, through demonstrations of conservation at a site;
        • heritage open days and tours;
        • celebration or commemoration of a historic/Indigenous event; and
        • teaching traditional knowledge and understanding of Indigenous customs.

       

      Timing

      Applications close at 5pm AEDT Thursday 21 March 2013

       

      Expert Assistance

      Writing a good quality grant application is a critical element in the application process. An application needs to be well thought through, written concisely, have clear objectives and purpose, and show clear links to the objectives of the grant guidelines.

      The grant application must answer all questions, provide all required information and respond to the merit criteria. It should also reflect your organisation’s business strategy.

      Writing a good application takes time and effort, and requires particular writing skills.

      Bulletpoint are expert grant consultants and can assist with all aspects of grant preparation.

      Call us on (03) 9005 6789 or email to discuss further.

      We have significant experience in applying for grants. Typical areas where we can be of assistance include:

        • Demonstrating the identified need;
        • Highlighting the relevance to current government policies and priorities;
        • Complete the Project Plan and Budget Projections;
        • Identify Outcomes that are measurable;
        • Detail the applicant organisation’s experience or expertise in undertaking the project/s;
        • Calculating the value for money; and
        • Demonstrating capacity to deliver quality outcomes

       

      Additional Information

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