Apply for a heritage grant
About heritage grants
The 2019–20 Heritage grants program has now closed. Applications will open in April 2020 for the 2020–21 grants program.
Heritage grants of up to $5000 are available to help repair or conserve places and sites of heritage significance, including significant trees. To be eligible, the site or place must be in an area covered by the Cardinia Shire Planning Scheme Heritage Overlay.
Privately-owned heritage places will only be considered for funding if they are used or accessed by the community. Priority will be given to projects to repair and conserve public heritage places or sites.
Check if your place or site is covered by a heritage overlay
- Click on the Community Compass tool. (It will open in a new window).
- Click on the magnifying glass and start typing the site’s street address into the search bar at the top of the page until you see the full property address appear. Select the address.
- Select 'planning zones and overlays' from the menu and check to see if the site is in a heritage overlay.
What will be funded
All projects must meet the eligibility criteria .
- Repairs and conservation work.
- Capital works that improve community access.
- The development of conservation management plans.
- The development of interpretive signage
Applications for staged projects will be considered.
What will not be funded
- Extensions, additions or new works to a heritage place, unless it is to improve community access – for example, wheelchair ramps may be funded.
- Conservation or management plans involving moveable cultural heritage objects.
- Purchase of digital or electronic equipment to record and document places or sites.
- Projects put forward by community groups with incomplete or outstanding projects. Applications will not be considered.
- Retrospective works.
Grants will be funded on a dollar-for-dollar basis ($1 from Council and $1 from the applicant) to a maximum grant of $5000.
The applicant’s contribution may include in-kind support, such as donations of goods, services and labour. (Labour should be calculated at $33 per hour).
When is funding given?
To receive funding, works must be completed and you must provide:
- relevant planning or building permits
- evidence of spending.
To be eligible, projects must meet all 4 criteria.
- The place/site must be in a heritage overlay area (including significant trees).
- The project must meet at least 1 of the project criteria
- The project must meet at least 1 of the community benefit indicator criteria
- The project must be consistent with a Conservation Management Plan or approved plans for the long-term conservation of the place/site. If no such plan exists, the project must be consistent with heritage best practice as outlined in the Burra Charter 2013.
Applications should identify as many criteria as possible, and explain how the project meets the criteria.
Priority will be given to projects that meet most of the community benefit indicator criteria.
Note: If a licence, lease or funding agreement exists between Council and the community organisation, then the agreements need to be signed and current for an application to be considered.
You can apply for multiple projects for the same place or site, but only 1 project can receive funding. Places/sites that have not received funding in the previous 2 grant rounds will be given priority.
The project must meet at least 1 of the project criteria below, which must be documented in your application:
- The place/site must be open to or accessible by the public.
- Proposed works are fundamental to the condition and long-term conservation of the place/site such as re-stumping, drainage, roofing and other conservation works.
- The place/site is at high/imminent risk of physical threat.
- The place/site has a Conservation Management Plan, Interpretation Plan and/or condition reports to guide or ensure long-term conservation and management.
Community benefit indicator criteria
The project must meet at least 1 of the community benefit indicator criteria, which must be documented in your application:
- Provides increased training and education opportunities – the project will provide an education or training venue for the community
- Provides a venue for community events – the place or site is or will be available for community events
- Open and accessible to the public – the place or site is or will be open to the public
- Provides opportunities for increased social interaction or links with other places or attractions – for example, heritage walks or bike paths
- Strong historical association with persons or events well- known to the local community – the place or site should be significant in Cardinia Shire’s history, public affairs or cultural life
- Provides increased business opportunities at heritage places and sites – the project will invest in local heritage places or sites that are, or include, business premises open to the public
- Enhances neighbouring or associated heritage places or structures – the project complements or enhances associated properties, precincts or streetscapes of which it is a part
- Improves access to community services – the project improves the community’s access to services
- Provides a cultural or tourism attraction – the project helps to boost or create a tourism or cultural destination, and raises local awareness of its significance.
A panel of Council officers will assess applications in July 2018.
Successful applicants will be contacted in August 2018. Works must be completed by 30 April 2019.
About Conservation Management Plans
A Conservation Management Plan (CMP) is the main guiding document for conserving and managing a heritage place. It includes a list of recommended works in priority order to allow the owner to stage the works over time. For more information go to the Conservation Management Plans web page on the DELWP website.
You need a heritage consultant to draft a CMP. To find heritage conservation professionals go to Heritage Victoria's Consultant and Contractor directory.
The 2019–20 Heritage grants program has now closed. Applications will open in April 2020 for the 2020–21 grants.