The History Trust’ s Community History Program administers two annual grant funds, the South Australian History Fund (SAHF) and the Community Museums Program (CMP) grant fund.

You can find out about upcoming grant opportunities for South Australian community history organisations here and submit applications online for grant funds administered by the History Trust of South Australia.

History Trust awards 1000th grant

The Embroiderers’ Guild Museum has received the 1000th grant through the History Trust’s Community Museums Program (CMP) fund.  The museum will use the $8,500 grant to commence a major community project to locate and document signature cloths and research and present the stories behind them.

The History Trust’s CMP fund has been supporting museums in their endeavours since 1982 and has distributed more than $4,750,000 in total grants.  Of the dozens of museums the program has supported over the years eight have passed the milestone of $100,000 in total CMP funding and four of those have passed an extraordinary $150,000.  Anyone who has visited museums such as the Sheep’s Back at Naracoorte, Melrose Heritage Museum and the Farm Shed Museum at Kadina 25 years ago and then again more recently, will be able to see the enormous contribution that CMP funding has made to these and many other museums.

Funding from the 2017-18 grant round will support many major new exhibition projects, including at the Mary MacKillop Museum in Adelaide, St John’s Museum in Unley, Mallala Museum and the Tea Tree Gully Museum.  Other funded projects include planning for the creation of a dedicated Children’s’ Museum within the Sheep’s Back at Naracoorte, and collection digitisation and preservation projects.

A full list of grant recipients is available here – CMP Grants 2017/18


2017/18 South Australian History Fund

An exciting range of SA history will be uncovered and presented thanks to funding from the History Trust’s annual South Australian History Fund.

19 organisations and individuals are sharing in $50,000 for projects including:

  • a suffragette history book in graphic novel format
  • interpretive signage for the Beltana State Heritage Area
  • preservation of historical films
  • research projects focusing on South Australian Aboriginal histories
  • an app for exploring the Robe Cemetery.

Projects funded represent the depth and breadth of historical research and community interest in South Australian history and relate to many different topics and regions of the state.

“Supporting the extensive community history network to research and present South Australia’s unique stories is at the heart of the South Australian History Fund and is a key aspect of the History Trust of South Australia ‘giving the past a future – now!’”, says CEO, Greg Mackie OAM.  “This year we were able to increase the funding pool to further assist the production and sharing of South Australia’s history”.

A full list of grant recipients is available here – SAHF Projects Supported 2017-18

Enquiries about future SAHF grant rounds can be made to the History Trust’s community history officers at