Greater Shepparton Heritage Grants Program

Greater Shepparton City Council, in association with the Greater Shepparton Heritage Advisory Committee, offers a Heritage Grants Program to maintain and conserve properties within the Heritage Overlay.

Grant applications have CLOSED for the 2019/2020 financial year. For any questions about this grant, please contact Council on 03 5832 9700.

Background

Owners of properties in Greater Shepparton within a Heritage Overlay are encouraged to apply for grants to assist in the conservation of these places for future generations to appreciate.

Launched in 2017 following a recommendation of the Greater Shepparton Heritage Advisory Committee, the program aims to enhance, conserve and protect places and sites included in the Heritage Overlay, and to increase public awareness and understanding of heritage sites across Greater Shepparton.

Following a hugely successful Heritage Grants program for the 2018/2019 financial year, Greater Shepparton City Council in association with the Greater Shepparton Heritage Advisory Committee has launched an expanded Heritage Grants Program for the 2019/2020 financial year.

Grants of up to $15,000 are available but are generally only for 50% of the cost of works recommended for funding on a $1 to $1 basis.

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

Council has adopted the Heritage Grants Guidelines 2019 (see below) to inform this process.

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?

Grants of up to $15,000 are available but are generally only for 50% of the cost of works recommended for funding on a $1 to $1 basis.

What type of works might be funded?

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

Eligible works generally do not include routine maintenance works, unless that maintenance ensures the longevity of a place’s significance. To be eligible for funding assistance under the Heritage Grants Program, applications should satisfy the following:

  1. places must be identified as an ‘individually significant’ place and/or a ‘contributory’ place in a Heritage Overlay;
  2. owner approval is necessary for an application to proceed through the Heritage Grants Program; and
  3. projects should be for works or for documentation projects, as described below.
    1. works should satisfy the following:
      • be for conservation, restoration and/or reconstruction, including repair and conservation works that contribute to the significance of the place or object; and
      • be visible from a public place or improve a building or structure’s external appearance, with an overall focus on external appearance; and
      • be put forward by the property owner or a lessee who has written consent from the owner and whose term of lease is longer than any completion deadline.
    2. documentation projects should demonstrate a commitment to undertake urgent ‘at risk’ works and should satisfy the following:
      • be for specialist assessments or studies that would result in the future undertaking of eligible works; or
      • be for the preparation of conservation management plans that include a prioritised and costed works action plan.

Works not considered eligible

Works that will not be considered for funding include the following:

  • works to Council-managed properties;
  • works that have already commenced;
  • new additions or extensions;
  • routine maintenance considered to be for the general upkeep of any property;
  • speculative reconstruction works where there is no evidence of the early appearance of the place; and
  • internal alterations to buildings and dwellings where internal controls do not apply.

How do I apply?

Applications for heritage grants for the 2019/2020 financial year are now closed. Late applications cannot be accepted.

All applications received were considered by a judging panel, which advised Council of its recommendations. Council considered and awarded the Heritage Grants at the Ordinary Council Meeting held on 15 October 2019.

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