Whitehorse City Council

Heritage Assistance Fund

Aim of Fund

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. 

Funding Available

Property owners or grant applicants are expected to contribute financially to the cost of the project for which they are applying. Accordingly, 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 $2000.

Properties Eligible for Assistance

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.

Eligible Projects
Projects That Do Not Require a Planning Permit
Under the heritage overlay, no 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: 

  • Re-roofing
  • Masonry repairs
  • New guttering
  • Painting using appropriate colours
  • Timber repair in window sills, verandah floors and facades. 

Projects That Require a Planning Permit
Projects that do require a planning permit are eligible for funding, provided a current planning permit has already been obtained.  

Such projects may include:

  • Reinstatement of lost features, such as verandahs, pergolas or wooden sash windows
  • A new front fence in an appropriate style. 

Non-Eligible Projects
The following work is not eligible for funding: 

  • Works that require planning permission and have not been granted a permit at the time of grant application
  • New additions or extensions (unless they are a reconstruction of an original element)
  • Works on non-significant and non-heritage buildings or features
  • Works on non-contributory properties within a heritage precinct
  • Internal works where internal controls don’t apply
  • Works that have already been completed or started prior to application for a grant
  • Architectural and engineering services, cost estimates, preparation of drawings etc.
  • Improvements to energy efficiency such as insulation
  • Labour by the owner or applicant of the project. 

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. 

How to Apply

Complete and return the pdf icon 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 an indication 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).

Assessment of Applications

Each application for funding will be evaluated, with priority given to projects that: 

  • Involve urgent works that prevent loss of significant fabric (e.g. structure stabilisation, prevention of water ingress, roof repairs, gutters)
  • Reconstruct original detail (e.g.  removing paint from originally unpainted surfaces, reinstating an original verandah)
  • Involve works to the main significant building, rather than works to ancillary structures (e.g. fence or shed)
  • Enhance the appearance of the property from the street. 

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. 

Timing and Funding of Projects

A total of $40,000 has been allocated to the Whitehorse Heritage Assistance Fund for the 2017/2018 financial year. Applications open Monday 7 August 2017 and close Friday 8 September 2017. Successful applicants will be notified of their grant amount during November 2017 and will have until May 2018 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 Conditions

Funding may be revoked at any time due to unsatisfactory work, failure to meet the May 2016 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:

  • Not to seek removal of the property from the Heritage Overlay
  • To use the funding only to carry out the works listed in the approved project
  • To obtain all necessary approvals or permits prior to carrying out the works
  • To allow Council to use video, photographs or details of the works in its heritage promotional material.

For more information, download pdf icon Whitehorse Heritage Assistance Fund Claim Form (105.58kB).

Further Information

Should you have any queries regarding the fund, please call the Strategic Planning Unit on 9262 6303.