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Funding and Grants

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Funding opportunities

South Australian

* South Australian History Fund 

 The South Australian History Fund is an annual grant fund totalling $35,000 with funding available in three categories:

• Projects

• Publications

• Research

The grants are funded by the Government of South Australia and administered by History SA.

Project Grants support South Australian community history initiatives that either:

 • Interpret aspects of South Australia's history

• Preserve the evidence of this history

• Make this evidence accessible to the public.

Publication grants are available to support well-researched, well-written, skilfully edited and well-designed publications focusing on South Australian history, and in particular with a regional, local or specialist focus.

Research grants support substantial original research that makes a significant contribution to the body of knowledge about or understanding of South Australian history.

Applications for all categories are invited from incorporated South Australian historical societies, National Trust branches, community history museums, local councils and voluntary organisations.

Unincorporated organisations may be eligible if an incorporated organisation is willing to sponsor their application. For instance, organisations may make applications under the umbrella of local public libraries, community arts organisations or local government.

Individual historians may apply for publication grants and research grants. Applications for research grants are also invited from professional historians, tertiary institutions or other organisations.

State and Federal government agencies and museums are not eligible.

 Guidelines and application form is available from the South Australian Community History website

 For more information please contact:

History SA reception on 8203 9888 or 

* Historical Society of South Australia annual grants scheme

The Historical Society of South Australia distributes annual grants of up to $1000 to individuals/organisations.  

The grants are for:

  • historians researching, publishing or promoting South Australian history
  • tertiary and post-graduate students for research in libraries and/or archives and travelling expenses for research purposes
  • local history museums, societies and libraries for the purchase, preservation and restoration of artefacts and books; for mounting displays; for hosting regional conferences and the like
  • school teachers for innovative teaching of history – not necessarily restricted to South Australian history – at primary, middle and senior school levels.

The Society wishes to encourage as wide a range of relevant activities as possible. Therefore, applicants, in addition to the above suggestions, will be considered for printing of programs and brochures, and information sheets for conferences and history related events, promoting events; publication of documents and research, and inaugural expenses for history societies. The Society will have a flexible approach to the nature of the grants.

More information about the grants and the application process can be found on the Historical Society of South Australia website.

*Oral History Australia

Lizzie Russel Oral History project grant

For further information see the Oral History Association of SA website

* South Australian Community History Grants

You can find out about upcoming grant opportunities for South Australian community history organisations here

National Grants

* Commonwealth Heritage Grants

You can find out about major sources of Australian Government funding for heritage activities here

* Saluting their service –

Saluting Their Service commemorations grants program supports projects and activities which directly commemorate Australia's servicemen and women who served in wars, conflicts and peace operations. Grants are available year-round. Grants up to $3,000 are available for display, publications, commemoration and schools projects and up to $4,000 for restoration of community war memorials and construction of new memorials, plaques or honour boards.

You can find out more from the Department of Veterans Affairs website.

*auDA Foundation

Established in 2005, the auDA Foundation makes annual grants to promote and encourage education and research initiatives that will enhance the utility of the Internet for the benefit of the Australian community.

For further information see the auDA website

* Your Community Heritage Program

The Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities has announced that applications to the Your Community Heritage Program are now open.

Supplementary funding of up to $8 million over two years has been made available by the Australian Government for Your Community Heritage.

The Your Community Heritage Program comprises the following sub-programs to which the public may apply:

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

Detailed information including eligibility, guidelines, application forms and FAQs are available on the Department's website at:

If you have any questions, please contact the Department, as follows:


Phone: (freecall) 1800 653 004

*National Library of Australia: Community Heritage Grants

2014 funding round opens in March 2014

Grants of up to $15,000 are available to community groups around the country to
help preserve and manage locally-held, nationally-significant cultural heritage
collections of documents and objects for future generations. Projects supported
include significance assessments, preservation needs assessments, conservation
activities and collection management. Representatives from historical societies,
museums, public libraries, archives and Indigenous and migrant community groups
are encouraged to apply.

More information can be found at

** Interstate

* State Library of NSW David Scott Mitchell Memorial Fellowship and the Merewether Scholarship

The David Scott Mitchell Memorial Fellowship is for the research and writing of Australian history using the Mitchell Library.

The Merewether Scholarship is for the research and writing of 19th century NSW history using the Mitchell Library.

Information about these fellowships, including terms and conditions and application forms, is available on the Library's website .


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