The Cultural Grants Program is a Create NSW devolved funding program administered by the Royal Australian Historical Society on behalf of the NSW Government. This Cultural Grants program assists historical research and publication of local, community and regional history projects.

The Society would like to thank Create NSW for providing funding for the cultural grants program that supports local history and heritage projects facilitating an understanding of the history of the people and places of New South Wales. The Society will distribute $50,000 in grants each year.

Applications for this round closed Wednesday 10 June 2020

For any enquires please email grants@rahs.org.au or call (02) 9247 8001

2020 grants are closed. All information on guidelines and criteria is for reference purposes only.

  • It is essential that applicants read the guidelines before submitting an application to ensure that their project is eligible for funding
  • Applicants will also need to refer to the guidelines while completing their application form as it contains useful information that will assist with answering the required questions


If you have any queries please email or call us on (02) 9247 8001. We recommend that, before starting your online application, you discuss your project with RAHS Grants Officer Maryanne Byrne and RAHS General Manager Suzanne Holohan to ensure that it meets the eligibility criteria.


Assessment panel members are selected from the RAHS Affiliated Societies Committee, who have extensive experience in delivering local and community history projects. RAHS staff provide administrative support to this panel.

The 2018 Assessment Report provides useful information to 2018 grant applicants, specifically the differences between successful and unsuccessful applications.

Newspapers provide unique insights into the past and continue to be an important source for historical research. The Cultural Grants Program provides funding for digitising newspapers so they are made available on Trove. The National Library of Australia (NLA) established the Australian Newspaper Digitisation Program in 2007, a project that has made over 20 million pages of digitised newspapers available online through Trove. The NLA has contributor guidelines and an outline of the workflow process that will be useful for individuals and organisations.

All recipients of cultural grant funding must publicly acknowledge the support of the NSW State Government and the RAHS by using the appropriate logos on: publications, invitations, banners, any other printed or electronic material undertaken in relation to the funded activity, any products developed as a result of the funded activity, organisation websites (in a position appropriate to the level of support) and any other promotional material.

Failure to include this acknowledgement can result in the cancellation of your grant, and the return of your grant funding. The acknowledgment must include the below wording and the logos of both Create NSW and the Royal Australian Historical Society:

This project is supported by the Create NSW Cultural Grants Program, a devolved funding program administered by the Royal Australian Historical Society on behalf of the NSW Government.

Please contact the RAHS for a soft copy of the relevant logos.

Past Recipients

The Cultural Grants are awarded at the RAHS Annual Conference, with the details published in the December edition of History.