Heritage Grants Program
The Heritage Grants Program 2012-13 has been announced.
$1.25million in heritage grants has been awarded to 10 metropolitan and 10 regional projects.
The Heritage Grants Program will deliver more than $3million in conservation works to State heritage-listed properties across Western Australia.
Funding for the grants program was increased by 25 per cent this year, providing an additional $1.046million allocated over four years. It is the first increase in the program’s history.
Since 1997, 623 projects have been awarded grants totalling more than $13million through the program administered by the Heritage Council through the State Heritage Office.
The Heritage Grants Program provides assistance to private owners of State Registered places to undertake urgent conservation works, and allow for grants up to $100,000 through the competitive application process. Owners are required to match funds to the projects.
View the successful grant recipients here and click here to read the Minister’s media statement.
Who is eligible for grants
All persons and corporations are eligible except State Government instrumentalities, local governments and not-for-profit organisations that are eligible for Lotterywest funding.
Commonwealth, State & local government-owned properties are eligible if leased on a long-term basis to a private person or corporation.
Please note: If you currently have an open grant for any other works under previous rounds of the Heritage Grants Program you are ineligible to apply until such time as all previous grants have been fully acquitted.
Owners are required to contribute at least 50% of the total value of the project.
A reduced contribution may be considered if you can demonstrate hardship, however, you will need to provide full financial disclosure and evidence that you have tried all avenues to source your contribution.
Generally in-kind contribution, such as painting, will not be considered as part of the owner's contribution. Exceptions may be made where the in-kind contribution is tangible works associated with the project, for example, work undertaken by a qualified tradesperson. In order to be considered, detailed quotes or cost estimates must be submitted with the application.
Assessment of Applications
Each application will be assessed on its merits against the approved criteria and priorities.
Priority will be given to:
- Urgent conservation works to stabilise the place.
- Essential conservation works to protect significant built fabric.
- Projects that demonstrate planning for the future.
- Funding equity and cost effectiveness.
A lower priority will be given to:
- Owners who have purchased a State Registered place within the past 12 months. However, a grant may be considered in exceptional circumstances where the future of an "at risk" place is secured.
Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:
- Works constitute essential conservation, preservation and/or stabilisation of the significant built fabric
- Works consistent with the principles of the Burra Charter
- Statement of Significance
- It clearly illustrates the works proposed
- Future management of the place (proposed schedule of works, maintenance, financial management).
The Heritage Council will make recommendations to the Minister for Heritage for approval.
Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications as soon as possible after the Minister for Heritage approves the recommendations.
For more information, please read the application form.
Successful applicants will be required to enter into a Grant Agreement with the Heritage Council.
A Heritage Consultant is required to oversee the project and to sign off on the completed works.
Where there is no Conservation Management Plan in place, a Conservation Management Strategy will be commissioned prior to the formal Grant Agreement being entered into, to ensure that the most urgent work is undertaken.
A Conservation Management Strategy will provide a condition report, zones of significance, maintenance schedule and a conservation works schedule.
The program is administered by the State Heritage Office, on behalf of the Heritage Council, in accordance with the requirements of the Heritage of Western Australia Act 1990 and other statutory requirements.
If you are unsure of the heritage status of the place, please search the inHerit database of heritage places.
Search the Heritage Specialists Directory to find a specialist with heritage expertise.