Whitehorse City Council recognises the need to encourage and assist the maintenance and enhancement of heritage properties.
The Heritage Assistance Fund aims to provide funding support to individuals, community groups and organisations in their endeavours to maintain items of heritage significance in the City.
Each application can seek funding of up to 100 per cent of the total cost of the project, with the maximum grant per application being $2,000.
All owners or occupiers of heritage properties listed in the heritage overlay (with the exception of non-contributory properties within a heritage precinct) are eligible to apply for funds.
Public-owned properties are not eligible for funding.
Find out more about the Heritage Assistance Fund Brochure (360.71kB)
Projects That Do Not Require a Planning PermitUnder the heritage overlay, no planning permit is required for ‘repairs or routine maintenance which do not change the appearance of the heritage place. The repairs must be undertaken to the same details, specifications and materials’.
Eligible projects may include:
Projects That Require a Planning PermitProjects that do require a planning permit are eligible for funding, provided a current planning permit has already been obtained.
Such projects may include:
Non-Eligible ProjectsThe following work is not eligible for funding:
Please note: a property may only receive one grant per financial year. Council reserves the right to grant a lesser amount than that which was applied for.
Complete and return the Heritage Assistance Fund Application Form (87.44kB).
Include proof of $10 million public liability insurance (usually part of your home and contents insurance)
Include copies of at least two quotes for the project to provide evidence of the value of the works proposed
Provide plans, diagrams or a written description of the proposed works
Include photographs of the part of the building covered by the application
Submit application to Council’s Strategic Planning Unit (address details listed on the application form).
Each application for funding will be evaluated, with priority given to projects that:
Priority will also be given to properties that have not previously received funding.
As part of the evaluation, a site inspection of all properties will be undertaken.
A total of $40,000 has been allocated to the Whitehorse Heritage Assistance Fund for the 2018/2019 financial year. Applications open Monday 6 August 2018 and close Friday 7 September 2018. Successful applicants will be notified of their grant amount during November 2018 and will have until May 2019 to complete the project and claim their funds.
Monies granted are paid on the completion of works.
Please note that funding is not provided upfront.
Funding may be revoked at any time due to unsatisfactory work, failure to meet the May 2019 deadline, misleading or false disclosure of information, non-disclosure, or misuse of funds by the recipient.
It is a condition of funding that the owner agrees:
Should you have any queries regarding the fund, please call the Strategic Planning Unit on 9262 6303.
379-397 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading, Victoria 3131Australia
Tel: (03) 9262 6333 Fax: (03) 9262 6490Email: firstname.lastname@example.org