The Federal Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities announced a new grant program in 2011 called Your Community Heritage Program.
Applications have now closed, and the Department will not be accepting any further applications.
Following the Federal Minister Tony Burke MP's decision on which applications are approved for funding, all applicants will be advised in writing of the outcome of selection process. The details of successful applications will also be published on the Department and Heritage Council of WA websites.
Your Community Heritage is a new approach to supporting and protecting Australia's heritage that will enable local communities around Australia to celebrate their local heritage.
The program recognises that our heritage is not just about 'big' heritage such as places on the World and National Heritage Lists, it is also about the heritage of individual communities, be they in regional Australia or small towns or in dispersed multicultural communities. Your Community Heritage is about broadening our understanding and support of heritage and the organisations, individuals, volunteers and communities, who protect and manage so many of our unique heritage places and stories.
Your Community Heritage will promote the importance of heritage to the community and its role in bringing people together, creating community identity and a sense of pride.
Supplementary funding of up to $8 million over two years has been made available in 2011-12 and 2012-13. This funding is in addition to existing annual funding for Protecting National Historic Sites (which incorporates Commemorating Eminent Australians) of up to $4.42 million each year.
Detailed information on Your Community Heritage is available on the Department’s website at www.environment.gov.au/heritage/programs/ych/index.html