Lord Mayor's Helen Taylor Research Award for Local History


The Lord Mayor’s Helen Taylor Research Award for Local History supports history students and independent researchers undertaking history or heritage projects which have a focus on informing or educating the public about local history or heritage.

About Helen Taylor

Helen Taylor was a historian who worked for Brisbane City Council from 1990 until 2004. She made significant contributions to the history and heritage initiatives in Brisbane. As Senior Historian in Council's Heritage Unit, she was responsible for developing studies and publications that identified and documented the city's heritage. She produced a number of social history exhibitions such as:

  • Brisbane Remembers: The Home Front 1939-1945 (1995)
  • Brisbane 100 Stories (1997)
  • Afraid of the Dark (1999)
  • The Million Pound Town Hall (2000).

As Senior Historian in Council's then Community and Lifestyle branch, Taylor initiated the Local History Grants Program and Brisbane's Living Heritage Network. Taylor was also a driving force behind the development of the Museum of Brisbane. From 2002 until her retirement in 2004, Taylor was Curator of Social History at the Museum where she was responsible for the exhibitions Bite the Blue Sky: Brisbane Beginnings (2003-04), and Brisbane At War (2004-05).

Helen Taylor passed away on 30 June 2006.


The Lord Mayor’s Helen Taylor Research Award is one award up to $20,000.

Funding round dates

Applications for this program are closed. 


An applicant should:

  • be an incorporated not-for-profit organisation or individual professional historian or researcher residing in the Brisbane Local Government Area (LGA)
  • be a permanent resident or Australian citizen
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN).

An unincorporated not-for-profit organisation may also apply, under the auspices of an incorporated not-for-profit organisation able to accept legal and financial responsibility for the applicant’s project.

Auspice organisations must be based in the Brisbane LGA.

Applicants must operate within the Brisbane City Council LGA. Applicants must not have any overdue Council grant acquittals or outstanding debts with Council.

Acquittal reports for successful applicants

If your application is successful, you will be required to complete an online acquittal form within 12 months of grant approval notification.

Grant recipients with overdue acquittal reports are not eligible to apply for other Council grants.

If you believe your community group may have an outstanding report from a previous grant funded project, phone Council on 07 3403 8888 and ask to speak to the Grants Unit for advice.

More information

For more information, phone Council on 07 3403 8888 and ask to speak with a Creative Development Officer or the Grants Unit. 

Last updated: 3 September 2021