Local heritage site owners, managers and support organisations can now apply for grants of between $25,000 and $400,000 to protect and preserve Wide Bay’s national and world heritage sites and promote tourism.

Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O’Brien said the $5.3 million Australian Heritage Funding Grants Program round would help with the conservation of national and world heritage listed places and deliver much-needed economic stimulus for COVID-affected communities. 

“Due to COVID-19 restrictions and border closures, many privately-owned national heritage places have faced significant visitor downturn and temporary shut-downs during the COVID-19 pandemic, and this latest round of the Morrison Government’s Australian Heritage Funding Grants Program is designed to help revitalise them,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Funding can be used for a range of activities to protect and strengthen the natural, historic and cultural values of a site, or to enhance visitor experiences that encourage people to share our national heritage treasures.”

The new round of grants complements the $33.5 million package recently announced to support heritage infrastructure projects as part of the Australian Government’s $1 billion COVID Relief and Recovery Fund. 

Applications for the 2020-21 grants round will close on 7 January 2021. To find out more and apply, visit: https://www.business.gov.au/assistance/australian-heritage-grants   


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