Community history and heritage grants
The Community History and Heritage grants stream supports projects that identify and interpret the Inner West’s historically significant events, places and people. This includes the exploration of activism, politics, architecture, parks, recreation, businesses, economy, cultural activities and places of historical significance to the Inner West area.
Projects include research, archiving, conservation and preservation of significant objects, publications and exhibitions about the Inner West’s social and cultural history (including current activities). Funded projects will build on Council’s physical and digital Community History and Heritage Collection that provides a rich information source to inform and educate current and future generations.
Council's Grant Program is postponed to 1 October 2020.
Community History and Heritage grants of up to $10,000 each over two years (up to $5,000 per annum) are available in 2020/21.
A list of successful applicants and their projects for earlier rounds, can be found on the Successful Community History and Heritage Grants page.
The objectives of the Community History and Heritage Grants Program are to:
- Build on Inner West Council’s Community History and Heritage Collections (physical and digital) for future and current historians, researchers and generations.
Support original research and interpretation of the area’s history.
Support original research and interpretation of current issues, place, social, people, political, urban changes etc.
To be eligible for funding, you must:
- Be an Australian resident or permanent resident aged over 18 years.
- Be a legally registered, incorporated not-for-profit organisation or group. Unincorporated groups must be auspiced by an incorporated not-for-profit organisation. Note: This eligibility varies for Arts and Community History and Heritage grants in 2020.
- Be a resident of or delivering services in the Inner West Council area or offer a project that benefits residents of the Inner West.
- Include a booking confirmation form for use of a Council facility required as part of a grant application (i.e. Council venues, parks and sportsgrounds) unless otherwise negotiated with the relevant Council grant officer.
- Meet the grant stream eligibility criteria.
- Address the grant stream objectives.
- Demonstrate your project is in the public interest and in accordance with Council’s Community Strategic Plan, policies and regulations.
- Only submit one application per applicant each year.
Inner West Council does not fund:
- Applicants who have not acquitted previously completed grant projects or provided an interim progress report for any outstanding grant projects funded by Inner West Council.
- Applicants who have outstanding debts of any kind to Inner West Council.
- Applicants who represent a state or federal government department.
- For-Profit Organisations and Sole Traders.
- Applicants who represent a school or tertiary institution. Parents and Citizens’ Associations however are eligible to apply for projects that can demonstrate they benefit the Inner West community.
- Projects that have commenced or already taken place. Council does not provide retrospective funding.
- Projects that duplicate existing services already provided in the Inner West Council area.
- Capital works, such as renovations to buildings. Note: this eligibility varies for Environment Grants in 2020/2021.
- Financial assistance for interstate or overseas travel, or other costs where it could be perceived that the applicant would derive excessive personal benefits.
- Salaries of permanent employees who will be supervising or working on the project as part of their usual duties. However, grants may fund additional staff to work specifically on the project.
- Ongoing operational expenditure such as fixed overheads and administrative costs.
- General donations to charities. Council does accept applications for projects run by charities.
- Activities that could be perceived as benefiting political parties or associated groups.
- Activities that could be perceived as divisive within the community.
Stream specific eligibility
- Applications are accepted from individual historians, researchers or archivists.
The following criteria will be considered in the process of assessing applications:
- Impact and quality of the project that contributes to Council’s Community Strategic Plan and Community History and Heritage grant objectives.
- The relevance the project will bring to Council's Community, History and Heritage collection.
- How the project or outcome fills an identified gap in the collection.
- Applicant’s capacity to deliver a well‐planned project, including applicant experience, skills and time.
- Realistic budget, including all sources of project income and quotes where relevant.
Council holds information sessions and one-on-one sessions to support potential applicants. Applicants are encouraged to attend one of these sessions and/or speak with a Council grant officer before applying.
These are designed to explain the grant stream funding priorities, how applications will be assessed and conditions for successful applicants. They are also an opportunity to network with other community groups and meet potential project partners.
These sessions provide grant applicants with tailored advice on their project and grant application. Receive feedback on your draft application and project ideas from Council’s grant officers and receive helpful tips on how to write your grant application.
Council uses SmartyGrants administration software to manage its grants program. Applications must be submitted via the Inner West Council SmartyGrants webpage. Applications must meet the eligibility requirements and no late applications will be accepted. Hard copy applications are not accepted.
For grant enquiries please contact Amie Zar, Community History and Heritage Coordinator on (02) 9392 5817 or email Amie.Zar@innerwest.nsw.gov.au.