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. The purpose of the program is to increase the community’s access and appreciation of Brisbane’s history and heritage.

The program honours the work of local historian, Helen Taylor, who combined her skills in researching and writing about history with a passion for making history accessible to the community. In Helen Taylor’s memory, the program encourages both excellence in research and innovation in popularising the results.


The Lord Mayor’s Helen Taylor Research Award is one award with up to $20,000 available to support a student in a Formal Tertiary Educational Program or a researcher undertaking independent Original Research. The work should provide insights into Brisbane’s past and contribute to developing the city’s distinctiveness and sense of identity. The outcomes of the research should remain publicly available. Applicants must provide a referee from the history or heritage sector.

Funding round dates

Applications are now closed.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in late June 2022.


Only one application per individual can be submitted.

An applicant must;

  • be a history/heritage student that is currently enrolled in a Formal Tertiary Education Program or an independent researcher whose work focuses on the history of Brisbane, or an aspect of it
  • demonstrate that the proposed project will benefit residents of the Brisbane Local Government Area (LGA)
  • demonstrate how the research outcomes will be made publicly available
  • be a resident of the Brisbane LGA
  • be a permanent resident or Australian citizen
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN) or be auspiced by an Auspice Organisation that has an ABN and is based in the Brisbane LGA
  • demonstrate their ability to conduct professional research (applicants must provide a written reference from the history and/or heritage industry)
  • have met all acquittal conditions of previous Council grants (where applicable), have no debt to Council and be financially viable.

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, read the grant guidelines. Alternatively, you can phone Council on 07 3403 8888 and ask to speak with a Creative Sector Development Coordinator or the Grants Unit. 

Last updated: 28 February 2022

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