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We know that you often need to find funding in order to undertake vital projects to either your entire collection or a portion of it. These projects may include conservation or preservation treatments or works, conservation of war memorials, collection cataloguing, Preservation Needs Assessments, disaster preparedness training, collection care and handling training or Significance Assessments. Grants

Unfortunately we are unable to write your grant applications for you, however we would be happy to assist in providing you with a quotation or budget estimate for your project to include in your application. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you wish to discuss your project in more detail. 

Writing grants 

At first, finding grant funding may seem a daunting task. However it need not be, as there are plenty of resources out there to help you find the right grant, and to give you some hints and tips on how to write a successful grant application.

Some key points for successful grant writing include:

  • Be succinct. Don't include unnecessary information in order to "bulk up" your application. 
  • Be clear about what you want funding for.
  • Show that you have clear management structures in place to carry out your project.
  • Read the guidelines thoroughly, and ensure you address all the criteria the assessors are looking for.
  • Be realistic about the amount of money you are seeking. Assessors look closely at the budget for each application - ensure your budget balances!
  • Ask questions - funding bodies are always happy to answer your questions.

For more helpful grant writing tips, see the Regional Arts NSW Guide to Writing Grant Applications.

Where to access grants

We have compiled a brief list of grants that have particular relevance for the collections sector. Although it is not an exhaustive list of available grants, it will give you an indication of some of the places you can go to source funding for your project:

Community Heritage Grants 

Applications for funding from Community Heritage Grants usually close in May each year.

The Community Heritage Grants program provides grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations such as libraries, archives, museums, genealogical and historical societies, multicultural and Indigenous groups. The grants are provided to assist with the preservation of locally owned, but nationally significant collections of materials that are publicly accessible including artifacts, letters, diaries, maps, photographs, and audio visual material.

The types of projects supported include Significance Assessments of collections; Preservation Needs Assessments of collections; conservation activities and collection management; and training workshops.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to discuss how we can help by providing a quote for your project.