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New grants open to preserve Australia’s heritage


Regional communities will be among the key beneficiaries of a new $5.3 million Morrison Government funding round to protect and preserve Australia’s national and world heritage sites, promote tourism and deliver much needed economic stimulus for COVID impacted communities.

“The latest round of the Australian Heritage Funding Grants Program will open on 9 November 2020 and will place a particular focus on conserving privately-owned national heritage places, many of which have faced significant visitor downturn and temporary closure during the COVID-19 pandemic”, Minister Ley said.

“The story of our national heritage listed places is one we encourage all Australians to get out and share, from ancient Indigenous sites to the Parkes Observatory and its ‘dish’ which recently became the 118th national heritage listed place.”

Senator for Victoria Sarah Henderson said heritage site owners, managers and support organisations are invited to apply for grants of between $25,000 and $400,000 to conserve national and world heritage listed places.

“Funding can be used for a range of activities to protect and strengthen the natural, historic and cultural values of a site, or to enhance visitor experiences that encourage people to share our national heritage treasures.”

The new round of grants complements the $33.5 million package recently announced to support heritage infrastructure projects as part of the Australian Government’s $1 billion COVID Relief and Recovery Fund.

Applications for the 2020-21 grants round will close on 7 January 2021. To find out more and apply, visit:

9 November 2020

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