History & Heritage Grants

Applications now closed

History is the study of past events. Heritage refers to treasured objects and qualities that have been passed down from previous generations.

History and heritage contributes to shaping our community. Activities involving history and heritage enrich our lives, allow us to share our stories and explore what has passed, whilst also informing the future. This in turn can aid our health and wellbeing, enhance knowledge and skills, build connections and bring joy.

What can be funded?

Our History & Heritage Grant Program aims to fund history and/or heritage activities within Nillumbik Shire.

Priority will be given to new and innovative grant activities that provide opportunities for community to engage with our local history and heritage as part of an active and creative lifestyle.

Projects must be delivered and funds spent by 30 June 2024.

All History & Heritage Grant applications will be assessed by Council’s Arts and Cultural Development Grants Assessment Panel which will include representation from the Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee (ACAC).

What won't be funded?

  • Projects, events or activities that are held outside the Nillumbik municipal boundary
  • Projects, events or activities that will not substantially benefit the Nillumbik community
  • Duplication of existing activities, projects, programs, initiatives or products currently funded by Council. If you wish to leverage off an existing activity, project, program, initiative or product you must identify the innovative element or point of difference/value add.
  • Projects that are curriculum based or entirely student, club or congregation focused
  • Projects solely for fundraising purposes without broad community benefit
  • Competition games, uniforms, equipment or other infrastructure necessary to support the primary activities of sporting clubs
  • Competitions with no community component
  • Prize money and awards
  • Projects or events with a political or religious purpose
  • Events that are fully ticketed with no free or heavily subsidised component
  • Alcohol or gambling related activities
  • Projects that could be funded via other Council grant programs
  • Projects that have received full funding from another source
  • Funding requests that are the responsibility of other levels of government
  • Retrospective funding for projects which are due to commence prior to the notification of the application outcome
  • Applicants that are in debt to or have any outstanding commitments with the Shire


To be eligible for consideration applicants must:

  • Be a not-for-profit incorporated organisation or community group that lives, works, studies, volunteers, or plays in Nillumbik, or has a strong connection to Nillumbik
  • Be auspiced by a not-for-profit incorporated organisation if applicants are unincorporated, an individual or a commercial business. Organisations can auspice multiple applications
  • Hold a minimum of $10 million public liability insurance
  • Have satisfactorily acquitted all grants previously awarded
  • Be able to deliver the grant activity by 30 June 2024

Funding conditions

Successful applicants must agree to:

  • Keep Council informed of any changes to the proposed funded activity
  • Liaise with Council regarding their promotional material and use of the appropriate Nillumbik Shire Council logo
  • Obtain all relevant project and event related permits, approvals, and licenses from the relevant authorities prior to commencement
  • Return the full or remaining amount of the grant to Council if the funded activity is cancelled or is less than budgeted
  • Submit an acquittal and evaluation to Council within three months of the funded activity’s completion or by 30 June 2024.

Nillumbik Shire Council uses the Takso platform to support better planning and evaluation focusing on the intended outcomes of our Arts and Cultural Development programs. Measuring the outcomes helps grantees and grantmakers to understand what is achieved for participants and audiences and how efficiently the program has been delivered.

Completion of a TAKSO evaluation is a condition of receiving funding and details will be included in Arts & Culture/History & Heritage grant offers. Information on the Takso platform is available here: https://culturaldevelopment.net.au/Takso.

Acquittal and evaluation

This information enables Council to evaluate the achievements of funded activities, monitor the effectiveness of the grant program and ensure that we are meeting the needs of grant recipients and the community.

Recipients who have an outstanding acquittal for a grant, without an approved grant variation in place, may be ineligible for funding in future grant rounds until the outstanding acquittal is completed.