National Trust of Australia (NSW) Butler Bequest Grants for 2019

The National Trust of Australia (NSW) (‘the Trust’), administers the Paul William Butler Bequest which has the object of promoting vintage and veteran cars.

Purpose of the Grants

One of the powers of the Trust is to make grants to organisations for the following purposes:

  • The public exhibition of vintage and veteran cars in New South Wales;
  • The restoration and preservation of vintage and veteran cars for the purpose of public exhibition in New South Wales;
  • Education or research into vintage and veteran cars in New South Wales.

The Trust accepts that veteran cars must be built before the end of 1918 and vintage cars between 1919 and 1930.

National Trust (NSW), through the Butler Bequest, has recently been supporting rallies and other activities with vintage and veteran cars. This has included a very successful Old Hume Highway Historic Homes Tour which visited a number of Trust owned properties, including Retford Park (Bowral), Riversdale (Goulburn) and Cooma Cottage (Yass).

The Trust is now inviting applications from interested organisations for grants from the Butler Bequest to support activities falling within the above categories.

Should your organisation be interested in applying for a grant under the Butler Bequest, please find below details of the grant and the method of application you should follow. This round of applications will close on 30 June 2019.

Grant Application

Applications should be relevant to the purposes set out above. It is envisaged that the grant applications may involve or feature:

  • Activities including vintage and/or veteran cars.
  • Public exhibitions may include static displays, car rallies and other means which provide an opportunity for the community to view and engage with the exhibition.
  • Education or research may involve participation in studies or funding specific programs that will educate the community on vintage and/or veteran cars.

Eligible Applicants
All organisations whose purposes align to the purposes of the grant are eligible to apply.

Costs to be covered by the Grant
Each grant will be limited to a discretionary maximum of $5,000. Applications for both smaller and larger amounts may also be considered. The costs that may be covered by the grant include but are not limited to:

  • Rally organisation costs and entrance expenses
  • Promotion and publicity
  • Subsidies for entrants’ expenses
  • Training courses.

The Grant Selection Committee may, at their discretion, consider applications beyond the scope, costs and maximum application amount of $5,000 as defined in this paper. However, it is recommended that guidance should first be sought from The Trust, prior to submitting such an application.

Selection Committee
The Selection Committee is constituted under the terms of the bequest and includes independent membership.

Method of Application
Applicants are required to submit a written application of at least one A4 page, but no more than four A4 pages. The applications should include:

  • Name of applicant
  • Preferred contact details
  • Brief outline of grant application
  • How the grant relates to the purposes set out in this paper
  • Whether the activities will include historic buildings, and in particular Trust owned properties
  • Approximate timing
  • Proposed itemised budget
  • Opportunities to link to the Trust e.g. for promotion of Trust properties or membership
  • How the Trust will be publicly acknowledged should the application be successful.


Please send the application to:

Attention: The CEO
The National Trust of Australia (NSW) Butler Bequest
GPO Box 518
Sydney NSW 2001


Key dates

  • 30 June 2019 – due date for application
  • 30 August 2019– applicants notified of the decision by the Selection Committee

Selection Process
The Selection Committee will consider applications on their merit, having regard to the purposes of the grant as defined in the Bequest. Applications are currently open for the calendar years 2019 and 2020, but in exceptional circumstances an application can be made for post-2020.

Outcome of Selection Process
Every applicant will be notified of the decision by the Selection Committee for their application.

Successful Applicants
Successful applicants will need to submit an invoice for the amount of the approved grant, which will be paid within 30 days from the invoice date. Within 30 days from the completion of the grant funded activity successful applicants will be required to submit a report on the outcomes including itemised income and expenditure.


Any questions please send them to or call on 9258 0190.

(Download printable version of the application details.)