Heritage Grants Program
The Heritage Grants Program provides funding to assist private owners of State Registered places to undertake urgent conservation works, and allows for grants of up to $100,000 through the competitive application process.
The 2014-15 Heritage Grants Program provided nearly $1.3million in grants to 43 heritage projects including 11 metropolitan and 32 regional places. This included a special allocation to State Registered buildings on the historic Stirling Terrace, Albany.
Read the media release or find out more about the 2014-15 heritage grant projects.
Applications for the 2015-16 Heritage Grants Program will open mid-2015.
Find out more
If you would like more information about the Heritage Grants Program or register your interest for the 2015-16 grant round, contact the Senior Grants Administrator on 6552 4000, 1800 524 000 (freecall regional) or email
. You can receive updates on the Heritage Grants Program by subscribing to our eNewsletter, Heritage Matters.
Who is eligible for grants
All persons and corporations are eligible except:
- State government instrumentalities
- local governments
- heritage grant recipients who have yet to complete works funded in previous years
- not-for-profit organisations that are eligible for Lotterywest funding
A grant application may be considered by the Heritage Council where a not-for-profit organisation demonstrates a conscientious objection or has been declined Lotterywest funding on the grounds that it does not meet its criteria (specifically negligible benefit to the wider community).
Commonwealth, State and local government-owned properties are eligible if leased on a long-term basis to a private person or corporation.
Owners are required to contribute at least 50% of the total value of the project. In-kind contributions will not be considered.
A reduced contribution may be considered if you can demonstrate financial hardship however you will need to provide full financial disclosure and evidence that you have exhausted all avenues to source your contribution.
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
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
- Demonstrated 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.
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 Heritage Grants 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.