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


Your Community Heritage



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.



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.



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: