Living Heritage Grants Program

What is the Living Heritage Grants Program?

The Living Heritage Grants Program is an initiative of the Victoria State Government and will support the repair and conservation of ‘at risk’ heritage places and objects identified as being of State significance and includedin the Victorian Heritage Register (VHR) under the provisions of the Heritage Act 2017. Priority considerationmay be given to the conservation of Victorian Heritage Register (VHR) listed places and objects located in Victorian communities impacted by bushfires.



The Living Heritage Program was launched in 2016 to provide funding to safeguard and reactivate Victoria’s key heritage resources.

The Program aims to enable owners and managers to undertake necessary conservation works to address the needs of their heritage place or object, and in doing so, support the ongoing and sustainable use of our most significant heritage assets.

Funding has been provided to support projects that address the risk to the place or object and that deliver and demonstrate benefits for the community.

A budget boost of $20.5 million in the 2019-20 State Budget brings the total Living Heritage Program fund to $60 million. The boost adds close to $9 million for a competitive community heritage grants program targetting “at risk” State-listed heritage places, adding to the $9.25 million already provided. The program is running to 2022-23.



An amount of between $20,000 and $200,000 per project is available.

Complex or multi-phased projects may be eligible to apply to more than one grant round. This may be doneif, for example, a project to restore a place involved complete restoration of a roof and associated works thatwould exhaust the full $200,000 allocation for that year. In order to apply for a grant in a subsequent grantround, any previous funding provided would need to have been completed and fully acquitted. Successful grant applications for stage one of a project will NOT guarantee the awarding of a grant for any subsequent rounds. It is therefore essential that each project stage is able to be completed within the allotted timeframe, and without reliance on receiving future funding.


Eligible Projects

Projects will include conservation works to the exterior and/or interiors of Victorian Heritage Register listedplaces and objects to improve their overall condition and mitigate the risk to the place.

The place or object subject to works:

  • Must be included in the Victorian Heritage Register.
  • Must be publicly accessible and provide a significant community benefit.

The proposed project:

  • Must mitigate the identified risk(s) to the place or object.
  • Must be guided by advice sought from a heritage professional, such as a heritage architect or advisor.
  • Must not have started.
  • It is generally expected that projects will replace materials in a like-for-like manner, rather than introduce modern materials, as is considered best practice.

Examples of projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Repairs to roofs, installation of new guttering and downpipes, or stonework repairs, using traditional materials and methods.
  • Re-stumping and repairs to timber framing, weatherboards, windows and doors.
  • Works that will enable the re-use of a building that has been unoccupied due to poor condition.
  • Repairs, restoration or reconstruction and conservation of an object at risk of deterioration.
  • Protection works such as the installation of appropriate fire protection systems.
  • Conservation works or documentation of conservation works to Victorian Heritage Register listed places or objects impacted by bushfires.
  • Documentation projects will be considered if the project outcomes demonstrate a commitment to undertakeurgent ‘at risk’ works to the place. Documentation projects may include for example, conservationmanagement plans that include a prioritised and costed works action plan.


Eligible Applicants

The heritage place or object that is the subject of the application must be in the Victorian Heritage Register.

The following parties can apply for a grant:

  • A Victorian municipal council.
  • A community or not-for-profit organisation that is a legal entity (for example an incorporated association,incorporated cooperative or Indigenous corporation) – please note that an incorporated not-for-profit organisation must provide proof of not-for-profit status.
  • A Committee of Management under the Crown Lands Reserves Act 1978. Groups must meet the conditions of clause 14(4)a (any three or more persons) or 14(4)e (any board, committee, commission, trust or other body corporate or unincorporated established by or under any Act for any public purpose).
  • Trusts appointed pursuant to a restricted Crown grant (during the 19th century, under a series of LandActs, Crown land was often permanently reserved for specified purposes – mechanics’ institutes, sportsgrounds etc. – and granted to trustees on trust for the purposes of the reservation) and Cemetery trusts appointed under the Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2003.
  • An owner of a privately-owned place or object (including places of worship)– please note that applicantsmust: match the grant funding on a dollar for dollar basis; must meet public accessibility criteria and; must demonstrate significant community and public benefit from the investment.

Other requirements:

  • Applicants must be either an Incorporated body or Association, Cooperative or be auspiced by a group with this status. If an auspice arrangement is in place, the auspice organisation agrees to take the full legal and financial responsibility for the project. Grant funds are paid directly to the auspice organisation.
  • Applicants who do not have adequate insurance must partner with another group or be auspiced by a group who does.
  • Applicants must possess an Australian Business Number (ABN) or provide a completed Australian Tax Office form (Statement by a supplier) so that no withholding tax is required from the grant payment.
  • If the applicant is not the owner of the place, the project and application must have the owner’s written consent at the time of submission.



Applications close 12 June 2020.


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