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THNSW offers various types of funding and support to not-for-profit organisations in an effort to further develop the heritage transport sector.



Transport Heritage Grants Program

Transport Heritage Grants Program

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The Transport Heritage Grants Program is a NSW Government funded program administered by the Royal Australian Historical Society (RAHS) and supported by THNSW. It aims to help the NSW community rediscover the culture, events and people that shaped transport over the past 160 years, as well as assist with the restoration and conservation of NSW’s valuable heritage assets.

The program can fund projects in the following categories:

  • Restoration, reconstruction or preservation of a heritage transport item

  • Exhibition, interpretation, education or publication relating to heritage transport

  • Study, consultation, report or review that will assist in managing a heritage transport place or item in NSW or the ACT

  • Audience development, accessibility, and inclusion

Applicants can apply for grants of up to $15,000 or $50,000. Note, only one larger grant will be awarded each year. You must speak with RAHS before submitting an application for more than $15,000.  

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Custodians of State-Owned Heritage Collection assets have access to THNSW ‘Stream 2’ funding, which is allocated specifically for the care and maintenance of State objects. Funding submissions may be put forward to the Independent Funding Panel for review and assessment.

Each submission must include the following:

  • Funding proposal

  • Heritage impact statement

  • Work schedule

  • Copy of any collected quotes*

  • Specifications of any equipment being purchased

  • Custodian’s five-year strategic business plan**

  • Any other documentation that will strengthen the application

*Firm quotes are not always required for every element of a submission, but should be included if collected.

**Check with THNSW to confirm whether they already hold a copy of your strategic business plan.

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Procurement documentation may also be required for some safety-critical services or materials.   

This form assists custodians to document their procurement decisions.

For more information, email


One of the many ways Transport for NSW (TfNSW) supports the heritage rail sector is by subsidising public liability insurance held by heritage rail operators.

Insurance is one of the largest annual costs for heritage operators, who must hold public liability insurance of $250 million, equal to commercial operators. Under a longstanding arrangement, TfNSW subsidises $240 million worth of insurance fees when rail heritage organisations pay for the first $10 million.

TfNSW also subsidises rail safety accreditation fees with the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR).

In 2013-14, the insurance premium for heritage operators was approximately $440,000 and the total cost of accreditation was roughly $65,000.

Learn more about TfNSW’s policy.

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