State Heritage Register Emergency Works

Up to $10,000 is available from the State Heritage Register Emergency Works to help you with the costs of emergency works on your heritage property.


State Heritage Register Emergency Works

The State Heritage Register Emergency Works provides funding for emergency works on NSW State Heritage Register listed items that are at immediate risk of further damage caused by unexpected or unforeseen events.



The NSW Government is committed to ensuring that our heritage is valued, protected, and enjoyed.

The NSW Heritage Grants have been provided to help communities to know, value and care for their heritage. The four streams of NSW Heritage Grants are the:

  • Aboriginal Heritage Places Program
  • Community Heritage Grants Program
  • State Heritage Places Program
  • Local Heritage Places.

NSW Heritage Grants are administered by the Heritage Grants Team, Heritage Division, within OEH.



The NSW Government is committed to ensuring that our heritage is valued, protected, and enjoyed. The State Heritage Register is a list of places and objects of particular importance to the whole of NSW and enriches our understanding of our history and identity.

Emergency works funding is only for items listed on the State Heritage Register, or items with a current Interim Heritage Order, to protect and/or repair damage caused by unexpected events such as an extreme storm or accident.



Between $1,000 (ex GST) minimum up to $10,000 (ex GST) maximum in emergency works funding is available with no matching funding required. Each listed item can only receive emergency works funding once for each unexpected event.

Funding is available on an ongoing basis; however limited funding is available each financial year. Approval of funding depends on sufficient funds being available at any given time.


Eligible Projects

State Heritage Register Emergency Works Funding can only be used:

  • To address an emergency situation within the curtilage of a State Heritage Register listed item or to an item with an Interim Heritage Order, that has been caused by an unexpected event.
  • For repair works that are not be covered by the applicant’s/owner’s insurance.

Note: OEH reserves the right to consider exceptional circumstances if the eligibility criteria are not fully met. Contact the Heritage Grants Team to discuss prior to applying.

In addition to be eligible for emergency works funding a project must meet at least one of the following:

  • Be in a remote or rural location, as defined by any area except for those depicted in red in the population density map located at
    Note generally Metropolitan areas in NSW are Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong and Canberra.
  • Be from an applicant considered financially or socially disadvantage (such as a private owner on a pension or a community organisation relying on fundraising).


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible for State Heritage Register Emergency Works Funding the applicant must:

  • Be an individual, organisation, community group, trustee or a NSW Local Council.
  • Be the owner (or long-term lessee where the lease is 20+ years) and manager of a State Heritage Register listed item or item with a current Interim Heritage Order within New South Wales.
  • Have legal responsibility for the item’s maintenance and repair.
  • Not have acquired or leased the item from a NSW Government agency in the last two years.
  • Not have entered into a conservation agreement in the last two years.



Applications open on an ongoing basis.


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