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Community Heritage Grants 2020

This grant round has now closed. Submissions closed at 5:00PM 4 May 2020 (AEST).

IMPORTANT: Please read information below to assist you in completing your application online.


The Community Heritage Grants (CHG) program aims to identify Australian cultural heritage collections which are publicly accessible, locally held and nationally significant. Cash grants of up to $15,000 are provided to assist in the preservation of and access to these collections. Organisations may apply for more than one project provided the combined value is no more than $15,000 and can be completed within one year. Separate projects require separate application forms.

The program is funded by the Australian Government and managed by the National Library of Australia, with support provided by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications; the National Archives of Australia; the National Film and Sound Archive and the National Museum of Australia.


  • Applicants MUST read the 2020 Guidelines BEFORE submitting an application.
  • CHG applications may only be submitted online.
  • At the end of the application in the Declarations section, you will need to print the Declaration Form, sign, scan and attach the form before you are able to submit your application.
  • Once an application is submitted, a confirmation email will be automatically generated. This email will include your application reference number and a copy of your application.  The application reference number should be quoted in all correspondence with the CHG office.

Applications close on Monday 4 May 2020 at 5pm (AEST).  Late applications will not be accepted.



  • On every screen (page of the form) you will find a Form Navigation contents box that links directly to every section of the application. Click the link to jump directly to the required section.
  • You can also click Next Page or Previous Page on the top or bottom of each screen to move forward or backward through the application.

If you wish to leave a partially completed application, press Save and Close and log out. When you log back in and click on the My Submissions link at the top of the screen, you will find all applications you have started or submitted. You can reopen your draft application and continue where you left off.


  • You will need to upload/submit attachments to support your application. This is very simple, but requires you to have the documents saved on your computer, or on a storage device.
  • You need to allow enough time for each file to upload before trying to attach another file. Files can be up to 25MB each; however, we do recommend trying to keep each file to a maximum of 5MB – the larger the file, the longer the upload time. It is also best to complete any uploading required well before the round’s 5pm (AEST) closure on 4 May


  • You will find Review and Submit buttons at the bottom of the Navigation Panel or at the top of the screen. You need to review your application before you submit it.
  • Once you have reviewed your application, attached any support documents and the completed Declaration Form, and are ready to submit, click on the Submit
  • If you have not completed all compulsory questions, you will be asked to respond and returned to the relevant section to complete.
  • Once you have submitted your application, no further editing or uploading of support materials is possible.
  • When you submit your application, you will receive an automated confirmation email with a copy of your submitted application attached.

If you do not receive a confirmation of submission email then you should presume that your submission has NOT been submitted.


A number of people can work on an application using the same log in details as long as only one person is working at a time. Ensure you save as you go.


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If you have any queries or difficulties in completing the application form, contact the CHG Coordinator by phone (02) 6262 1147 or email

If you have any technical problems using the online form, contact the SmartyGrants helpline by phone (03) 9320 6888, 9am-5pm Monday to Friday.