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Grants – Helping you preserve our heritage
The Australian National Maritime Museum offers grants to regional museums and organisations to help them preserve Australia's rich maritime heritage.
Many cultural institutions around the country care for maritime items of historical and national significance. The museum supports and encourages their efforts to conserve and display unique local objects for this and future generations.
Do you have an object of significance you want to preserve or display? You may be eligible for an ANMM grant. Apply now for funding up to $10,000.
Recent recipients of ANMM grants
- Tamarama Surf Life Saving Club (NSW) - $4,000 for a significance assessment by a professional consultant.
- Norfolk Island Museum (NI) - $5,000 for the Norfolk Island Museum 'Start-Up' Education Program.
- Mannum Dock Museum of River History (SA) $10,000 to design, plan and cost stages 3 & 4 of the "All Steamed Up" project at the Mannum Dock Museum.
- Blackbird International (QLD) $10,000 for the recording of the history, songs, dances, stories and photographs related to the pearling lugger Antonia.
- Koorie Heritage Trust Inc. (VIC) $5,000 for content development for an online component complementing a physical exhibition; this funding will allow artworks and associated stories from the exhibition to be featured on the website.
- Darwin Military Museum (NT) $5,000 for the HMAS Brisbane Gun Restoration for Maritime Display project.
Our grant program (known as the Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme) is jointly funded by the museum and the federal government.
The scheme gives grants up to $10,000 for projects that fall into one of these categories:
- Collection management (registration, documentation and storage);
- Conservation (preservation, vessel restoration, conservation work/treatments and professional assessments);
- Presentation (research, development of exhibitions, establishing interpretative displays and workshops);
- Development of relevant education or public programs which make collections more accessible to audiences; and
- Museological training for paid or unpaid workers of not-for-profit organisations caring for Australia's maritime collections.
Funding of up to $3,000 is also available for internships to develop museological skills and knowledge to increase standards of practice in caring for and managing maritime collections.
Since 1995, the scheme has given over $1,000,000 to organisations in Queensland, New South Wales (including Norfolk and Lord Howe Islands), Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
All non-profit maritime museums and other organisations are encouraged to apply. We also welcome joint applications from two or more eligible institutions. The grant funding may be used to supplement your other funding, including sponsorship.
Apply for a grant
Applications opened 9 July 2013.
For more information or queries, contact the MMAPSS Coordinator:
Phone: +61 2 9298 3743
Fax: +61 2 9298 3725
Australian National Maritime Museum
2 Murray Street
SYDNEY NSW 2001
The Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme is funded by the Australian Government
This Google map shows the location of previous grants given around Australia. Click on a blue marker to view more information about the grant or view a larger map.