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 Annual Grants Program will reopen mid-year 2020.
Community History and Heritage grants of up to $5,000 are available.
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
A list of successful applicants and their projects for earlier rounds, can be found on the Successful Community History and Heritage Grants page.
Download the Inner West Council Grants Program guidelines here: Inner West Grants Program Guidelines 2019 (PDF 928.9KB)
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, an applicant must:
- Be an Australian resident or permanent resident aged over 18 years.
- Be currently located or delivering services in the Inner West Council area or offer a project that benefits residents of the Inner West.
- 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 criteria varies for Live Music, Arts and Culture and Community History and Heritage grants in 2019.
- Apply for a specific project, grants do not offer a permanent or ongoing source of funding.
- Meet the grant stream eligibility criteria and address the grant stream objectives.
- Demonstrate the project is in the public interest and in accordance with Council’s
- Community Strategic Plan, policies and regulations.
- Include a booking confirmation form for any standard or subsidised use of Council facilities required as part of a grant application (i.e. Council venues, parks and sportsgrounds), unless otherwise negotiated with the relevant Council grant officer.
- Submit an interim progress report on any outstanding grant projects before a new grant application can be considered.
Only submit one application per grant stream per year.
Inner West Council does not provide grants for:
- Projects that have already occurred (i.e. retrospective funding is not eligible) or to cover a shortfall in administrative costs.
- Projects that duplicate existing services provided in the Inner West Council area.
- Organisations that have not acquitted previously completed grant projects funded by Inner West Council, or who have outstanding debts of any kind to Inner West Council.
- Ongoing salary costs for project management, operational costs or applicant’s wages.
- Capital works such as renovations to buildings. Note: This eligibility criterion varies for Live Music grants in 2019.
- Financial assistance for overseas travel.
- General donations to charities. Council does accept applications for projects run by charities.
- Activities that could be perceived as benefitting political parties or groups linked to a political party.
- Projects that could be perceived as divisive within the community.
- State or federal government departments or projects which fall under the responsibility of another tier of government.
- Schools or tertiary institutions. Parents and Citizens’ Associations (P&Cs) are eligible to apply for projects that can demonstrate they benefit the broader Inner West community (beyond the school community). Note: This eligibility criterion varies for Open Inner West grants in 2019.
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 or activity will bring to the 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.
Information sessions 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.
One-on-one 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.
For grant enquiries please contact Amie Zar, Community History and Heritage Coordinator on (02) 9392 5817 or email Amie.Zar@innerwest.nsw.gov.au.