Grants – Helping you preserve our heritage

caption: Royal Perth Yacht Club archivist John Readhead attended a two-week ANMM grant internship in May 2009.

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

  • Broome Historical Society & Museum (WA) $10,000 for the development and design of the 'Stateships Exhibition', a permanent exhibition illustrating how essential the Stateships services were to Broome and the Kimberley. 
  • Cairns Maritime Museum Inc. (QLD) In-kind support, Australian National Maritime Manager - Maritime Archaeology, Kieran Hosty will collaborate with the Cairns Maritime Museum with regards to collection management and interpretation.
  • Rotary Club of Kincumber (NSW) $9,830 for the 'Shipbuilders Memorial Walk' project. Funding will be used for memorials dedicated to individual shipbuilders who made a significant contribution to the shipbuilding industry of Brisbane Waters.
  • Mission to Seafarers Victoria (VIC) $2,000 for the 'Mission to Seafarers Victoria Collection preservation and storage' project.  Funding is for the required archival materials to enable the cataloguing, preservation and storage program to continue.
  • Maritime Museum of Tasmania (TAS) $6,080 for the 'Primary School Education Program Back Pack' project. 
  • Penneshaw Maritime and Folk Museum (SA) $5,300 for the 'Karatta lifeboat conservation' project Funding is for an expert assessment and evaluation of the need for renovation, rehabilitation or conservation.

View a map of grants (at the end of this page)

Our grant program, known as the Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme, is jointly funded by the museum and the federal government.

Grant categories

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 are now open:

Opening date for applications: 1 July 2014
Closing date for applications: 31 August 2014
The Selection Committee convenes: October 2014
Applicants notified by: 31 October 2014

Download the guidelines and application forms.

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

The Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme is funded by the Australian Government

Australian Government logo with Commonwealth coat of arms

 Map - previous grants by location

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.