$8 million in local heritage grants

Heritage Minister Mark Speakman today marked Heritage Week by launching the opening of applications under the NSW Government’s $8 million local Heritage Activation Grant program to rejuvenate local heritage places.

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Mr Speakman said $2.67 million of funding would be available each financial year for three years to owners and managers of local heritage items through the grant program.

“This program is about helping local communities protect their local built environment. It will breathe life into the places loved by communities,” Mr Speakman said.

“The purpose of the program is for local government, businesses and community organisations to reactivate local heritage spaces and precincts, while preserving their heritage significance.”

The grants program, which is part of the Heritage Near Me program, will open more heritage spaces to communities across the state.

Under the Heritage Near Me program, the government will also fund a heritage roadshow team of experts and a series of grants, including the Heritage Activation Grants program, the Local Heritage Grants program and the Heritage Green Energy Grants program.

“Communities know their local heritage better than anyone,” Mr Speakman said.

“This program will support communities in their efforts to conserve and celebrate their stories, places and values.”

Heritage Week is an annual national celebration of Australia’s heritage. It runs from Saturday 16 April until Sunday 24 April.

Applications close on Monday 27 June 2016.

For more information on the Heritage Near Me and Heritage Activation Grant programs, visit the Heritage Near Me Incentives program web page.