Community history grants


Community history grants support projects that identify and interpret the Inner West’s historically significant events, places and people. This includes the exploration of activism, politics, architecture, business, culture, economy, parks, places of historical significance, politics and recreation.

Projects include research, archiving, conservation and preservation of significant objects, publications, and exhibitions about social and cultural history (including current activities). Funded projects will build on Council’s physical and digital collection that provides a rich information source to inform and educate current and future generations.

Key dates

The Community History grants round open Monday 15 April until 4pm, Friday 17 May 2024.

Funding available

Community history grants funding of up to $5,000 each.

Past recipients

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 Grants Program are to:

  • Build on Council’s Community History 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 and urban changes.

Assessment criteria

The following criteria will be considered in the process of assessing applications:

  • Potential impact and quality of the project and contribution to Council’s Community Strategic Plan and grant objectives
  • The relevance the project will bring to Council's Community History Collection
  • How the project or outcome fills an identified gap in the Collection
  • Applicant’s capacity to deliver the project, including applicant experience, skills and time
  • Realistic budget, including all sources of project income and quotes where relevant

Stream specific eligibility

Individual applicants who are successful may need to supply proof of identity.

Brief eligibility criteria

Inner West Council provides grants for projects that have not yet commenced, and in limited cases people who have not yet acquitted a previous grant may be eligible to apply again. In addition:

  • Council does fund Parents and Citizen organisations but does not fund projects for schools
  • Council only provides support for capital projects in the Environment grant stream, and Council does not provide support for interstate or overseas travel
  • Council does not fund political parties or their activities

Application support

Applicants are encouraged to speak with a Council grant officer on (02) 9392 5817 before applying. One-on-one support is available to provide grant applicants with advice on your project ideas.

How to apply

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.

Apply online from 9am, Monday 15 April


For grant enquiries please contact Aleem Aleemullah, Community History Librarian on (02) 9335 2167 or email

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