Heritage Grants Program

If you own a heritage place or object, you can apply for up to $20,000 through the Northern Territory (NT) Heritage Grants Program.

Priority is given to places and objects on the NT Heritage Register.

Grants may also be considered for other places and objects of historical importance.

If you have a larger project in mind, you should consider delivering the project in stages.

You can apply if you’re the owner of the place or object. An owner can be:

  • an individual
  • a private business
  • a non-profit organisation
  • a community group, including an Aboriginal organisation.

You can get funding:

  • if physical conservation work like preservation, maintenance, restoration, reconstruction and interpretation is needed to:
    • buildings and other structures
    • Aboriginal archaeological sites
    • places of social or natural significance including flora, fauna and geological sites
    • moveable objects
  • for research and documentation like:
    • historical research, recording or mapping
    • preparation of a conservation management plan
  • for interpretive projects like publishing historical material or interpretive signage.

Physical conservation work must be done in line with the Burra Charter. To find out more, go to the Australia International Council on Monuments and Sites website.

Projects not allowed

You can’t get funding for:

  • festivals and events
  • portable items or equipment and travel or administrative expenses
  • projects that have already started.

If you want to know more about funding for festivals and events, contact the Heritage Branch.

Before you apply, you should know:

  • what you intend to do, where and when
  • who will be involved and what they will do to assist
  • why this project is necessary and why have you chosen this approach
  • what changes you hope to see from the project
  • what future opportunities can be built on from the project’s achievements
  • how you will show your project has made a difference.

Applications are now open until 15 August 2022.

To apply, follow these steps:

Step 1. Call or email the Heritage Branch.

Step 2. Complete a budget and work plan that includes:

  • an overview of the project
  • expected costs of key parts
  • key dates
  • written quotes or any other relevant documents in this section
  • which agency or group will be responsible for each activity
  • photos
  • what you and others are contributing
  • partnerships with other organisations or sectors.

Step 3. Apply online at GrantsNT.

More than one application can be submitted.

The person making the application is responsible for the finances and carrying out the project.

You may need to fill in an application to carry out work on a heritage place or object DOCX (62.4 KB) before work starts.

If you're not sure, read heritage properties: building works and development or contact the Heritage Branch for advice.

Funding conditions

If you get funding, you must:

  • use it for the approved purpose, unless you receive approval from the Heritage Branch
  • carry out all physical conservation work by following the Burra Charter (if applicable)
  • acknowledge grant funding from the NT Government
  • allow the Heritage Branch to inspect and certify the work has been carried out to an appropriate standard
  • complete the project by the agreed date
  • provide proof all funds have been spent as per the agreement - funds that are not spent must be refunded to the NT Government.

If there is a change in the nature of the project, its finances or the organisation that applied, your funding may be withdrawn.


For more information, contact the Heritage Branch.

Heritage Branch 
Department of Territory Families, Housing and Communities
PO Box 37037
Winnellie NT 0821

Phone: 08 8999 5039

Last updated: 26 July 2022

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