Create NSW Cultural Grants Program

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 2016 – 2018 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.

Please note: The 2017 Create NSW Cultural Grants round is now closed.

Guidelines and online application form

  • Applicants should read the guidelines before submitting an application and will need to refer to these guidelines while completing the application form. Please click here to download the guidelines.
  • In 2017, the RAHS is using the online grants management system SmartyGrants to receive grant applications. No mailed or emailed applications/documentation will be accepted. All applications submitted will receive an automatic acknowledgement and an application number will be created. Once an application has been started, you may make as many alterations to the application form as required, up until the point where your application is officially submitted or the grant round closes. Once you have submitted your application you will receive an email notification to inform you that it has been successfully submitted.
  • If you have any queries please contact us at or (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. We also recommend that you read previous years’ assessment reports, which are available further down this page, as they provide insights into why projects are chosen for grant funding.

Please click here to access the online application form.

Cultural Grant Acknowledgement

 All recipients of cultural grant funding must publicly acknowledge the support of the NSW Government and the RAHS by using the appropriate logos on any promotional material including websites, brochures, posters, and programs. Click here for information on correct acknowledgement for your grant project.

Contributing to Digitised newspapers on Trove

Click here for information on how organisations can contribute digitised newspaper content, and guidelines to plan and prepare budget bids.
Click here for an overview of the Newspaper Digitisation Program workflow process.

Assessment Reports

The grants’ assessment panel consists of members of the RAHS Affiliated Societies Committee who have extensive experience in delivering local and community history projects. The panel is supported by RAHS staff who provide administrative support.

2016 Assessment Panel Report

2015 Assessment Panel Report

Past Recipients

The Cultural Grants are awarded at the RAHS Conference, and details published in the December edition of History. Click on a link below for information on grant recipients in recent years:

2016 Cultural Grant Recipients

2015 Cultural Grant Recipients

2014 Cultural Grant Recipients

2013 Cultural Grant Recipients

2012 Cultural Grant Recipients

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