Grants & Incentives
A range of grants and incentives are available to encourage the conservation of our State’s cultural heritage.
The Heritage Council provides assistance to private owners of State Registered Places through it’s Heritage Grants Program. The program provides assistance with the costs of conservation
work, such as structural repairs or documentation. Grants are available through an annual
competitive application process. Check your property's heritage listing by visiting inHerit.
In addition to the Heritage Council, Lotterywest, a number of Commonwealth Government Agencies and some local governments offer grants and incentives for owners of heritage places.
Local governments offer a range of assistance to owners of heritage properties. Check with your local government to see what is available. Assistance can include:
• refund or waiving of planning and building fees
• flexibility with statutory requirements such as application of the Town Planning Scheme or Residential Design Code
• variation to development standards, eg minimum lot sizes, plot ratio, set-backs, car parking or landscaping requirements
• transfer of development rights
• development bonuses
• heritage conservation grants
• free advice from a heritage consultant
• local heritage awards
• rate concessions
• heritage plaques
The State Government offers financial incentives to owners of State heritage-listed places. The majority of heritage-related grant funding is offered through the Heritage Council of Western Australia’s Heritage Grants Program and Lotterywest. However, other grant programs targeting infrastructure, tourism, small businesses or development of activities may incorporate heritage aspects.
Check the State Government’s Grants Directory to see what grant programs and funding rounds are available to you. Most grants are open to community-based organisations with some, like the Heritage Grants Program, specifically targeting private owners. Funding offered by the State Government can assist with:
• heritage conservation works
• documentation of a heritage place, person, community or significant historical event
• heritage interpretation
• heritage trails
• conservation of natural heritage
• conservation of Indigenous heritage
• maintenance, movement and presentation of significant collections
• promotion of heritage-related activities or collections
• creation of partnerships to deliver programs
• professional development of collection professionals
• community heritage celebrations or events
• Heritage Advisory Services (local governments only)
The Commonwealth Government offers funding primarily to State and local governments and community-based organisations. A wide variety of heritage-related grants are offered through a range of different agencies. The GrantFinder website provides a searchable directory of grants on offer.
For more information on other funding available, visit our Heritage grants directory or check the State Government and Commonwealth Government grant directories.