Heritage Grants Program

The 2013-14 Heritage Grants Program recipients announced


Como’s Cygnet Cinema is among 24 Western Australian heritage projects to receive funding under the Heritage Council’s 2013-14 Heritage Grants Program.

This year’s funding of $1.26million will contribute to more than $10million in conservation works around the State.

In all, 13 metropolitan and 11 regional places will receive funding.

The Heritage Grants Program provides assistance to private owners of State Registered places to undertake urgent conservation works, and allows for grants up to $100,000 through the competitive application process. Owners are required to match funds to the projects.

Funding for the grants program was increased by 25 per cent last year with additional funding provided this year.

Since 1997, 647 projects have been awarded grants of more than $14.5million through the program which is administrated by the Heritage Council of WA through the State Heritage Office.

View the successful grant recipients and read the media statement.

See media coverage on the 2013-14 Heritage Grants Program. 

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Who is eligible for grants

All persons and corporations are eligible except:

  • State government instrumentalities
  • local governments
  • not-for-profit organisations that are eligible for Lotterywest funding
  • heritage grant recipients who have yet to complete works funded in previous years

Commonwealth, State and local government-owned properties are eligible if leased on a long-term basis to a private person or corporation.

Owner’s contribution

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

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.

For more information read the Heritage Grants Program brochure or contact us.

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