The Small Grants Program for Local History and Archives is administered by the Royal Australian Historical Society on behalf of the NSW Government through the Heritage Council of NSW. Grants of up to $5,000 support the work undertaken by local historical societies, community organisations and individuals across NSW.

All information on guidelines and criteria from 2020 is for reference purposes only.

No dates have been confirmed for the 2022 Heritage Grant round. We will update this page should anything change.

The 2020 Heritage Grant guidelines are below.

  • 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. A Word version of the 2020 application form available upon request.


The assessment panel consists of a number of historians who have extensive experience in delivering local and community history projects. The panel is supported by RAHS staff who provide administrative support.

The 2018 Assessment Report provides useful information to grant applicants, specifically the differences between successful and unsuccessful applications. Please note there was no Heritage Grants Program in 2019.

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 heritage 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 the NSW Government  and the Royal Australian Historical Society:

This project has been assisted by funds allocated to the Royal Australian Historical Society by the
NSW Government through the Heritage Council of NSW.

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

Past Recipients

The Heritage Grants are awarded at the RAHS Annual Conference, with the details published in the December edition of History. Please note there was no Heritage Grants Program in 2019.