Greater Shepparton Heritage Grants Program

Greater Shepparton City Council, in association with the Greater Shepparton Heritage Advisory Committee, will begin a Heritage Grants Program in the 2017/2018 financial year.

The establishment of a Heritage Grants Program was a recommendation of the Greater Shepparton Heritage Advisory Committee.

Who may apply?

Council recognises the value of our heritage and its contribution to our daily lives. The Heritage Grants Program will assist eligible individuals, community groups or organisations who own or manage properties within the Heritage Overlay to maintain and conserve these places for future generations.

The Program seeks to promote good conservation practice (maintenance, preservation, reconstruction or restoration) by supporting and facilitating works that improve the physical security or appearance of a place, whilst being respectful of the place’s significance.

You can find the complete list of properties included in the Heritage Overlay across Greater Shepparton in the Schedule to the Heritage Overlay at Clause 43.01 of the Greater Shepparton Planning Scheme.

What funding is available?

The amount of funding to be granted is at the discretion of Council. Grants of up to $5,000 are available. To be considered for a grant, an applicant must provide a like-for-like (on a $1 to $1 basis) contribution towards the project. Both financial and in-kind contributions will be considered.

Grant funding will be made available once all works have been completed, inspected and photographed by Council. Council reserves the right to use photographs for promotional purposes.

What type of works might be funded?

The Heritage Grants Program will seek to support conservation works to buildings, structures, fences, sites, etc. that are not owned by Council or other public bodies across Greater Shepparton.

Eligible works generally do not include routine maintenance works, unless that maintenance ensures the longevity of a place’s significance. Eligible works may include the following:

  1. works to restore missing physical elements, including verandah, parapet, window, door, awning, roofs and fence reinstatements (based on historic evidence); and
  2. works that ensure the physical security and improve longevity of significant elements of the place such as re-stumping, re-roofing, and replacing guttering, windows and doors, etc.

To be eligible for funding, works must meet the following additional criteria:

  1. the works must not yet have been completed; and
  2. if the works require a building or planning permit, a permit must be obtained by the applicant.

Works that are not eligible for funding include the following:

  1. works to a place owned by Council;
  2. works to elements of a place that are not of local heritage significance (i.e. modern extensions to a building);
  3. works that have already commenced or been completed; and
  4. speculative reconstruction works where there is no evidence of the earlier appearance of the place.

How do I apply?

You MUST contact the Building and Planning Department on (03) 5832 9730 to discuss eligibility and access an application form.

The following information must be submitted within your application:

  1. Your contact details
  2. The property street address
  3. A current colour photograph of the property and close-up photographs of the areas to which works will be carried-out
  4. A detailed written description of the proposed works including maps, reports, plans, diagrams and photographs as appropriate
  5. Where a building or planning permit is required, evidence that this permission has been granted or has been sought
  6. For works:
    • up to $2,999 – one written quote for undertaking the works dated within the last 6 months. The quote must be detailed and identify the full scope of works and materials to be used; or
    • above $3,000 – two written quotes for undertaking the works dated within the last 6 months. Quotes must be detailed and identify the full scope of works and materials to be used.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday, 13 October 2017 and you will be notified following the Ordinary Council Meeting to be held on 19 December 2017.

Your application will only be assessed if all required information has been submitted before the closing date for applications. To ensure you are eligible and have the best opportunity to receive funding for your project, you must engage with Council to discuss your application prior to submitting it.

Each eligible application will be assessed by Council officers, with assistance from Council’s Heritage Adviser and the Heritage Advisory Committee.

Council may request the property be made available to Council officers and Council’s Heritage Adviser for inspection to assist with its assessment.

Council has adopted the Heritage Grants Guidelines 2017 (available below) to inform this process.

Please contact the Building and Planning Department on (03) 5832 9730 if you have any queries regarding the Heritage Grants Program.