Heritage Near Me incentives program

The Heritage Near Me incentives program has been developed to complement current State Heritage funding programs. It provides funding opportunities and support directly to owners and managers of local heritage items.

Three new funding opportunities

The Heritage Near Me incentives program runs from 2016 to 2019. There is $16 million available in funding over the life of the program. The three grant stream opportunities are: Heritage Activation Grants, Heritage Green Energy Grants and Local Heritage Strategic Projects Grants.

The program is supported by a dedicated Heritage Near Me Roadshow team. 

For information about NSW Heritage Council grant opportunities for items listed on the State Heritage Register, please visit the Heritage grants page.

Please also see the Heritage Near Me Logo use guidelines.

The Heritage Activation Grants are available for projects designed to increase public enjoyment of local heritage, such as physical works for public access, public programming, strategy development and business planning. Applications will only be accepted from owners and managers of heritage items that are listed on Local Environmental Plans (LEPs).

Funding opportunities will open each financial year for the life of the program.

OPEN: 9:00 am Monday 13 February 2017

CLOSED: 5:00 pm Friday 21 April 2017

FUNDING AVAILABLE: Up to $100,000 per application.

Heritage Activation Grants brochure (PDF 75KB)

2017 Heritage Activation Grants Applicant Information and Guidelines (PDF 141KB)

Submit your application

The Heritage Green Energy Grants are available to owners and managers of heritage buildings who:

  • Have an ABN and a site that is listed as a heritage item on a council's Local Environmental Plan (LEP) or on the State Heritage Register (SHR). You can check if a site is listed as a heritage item by visiting the NSW Planning Portal, or by contacting your local council.
  • Have completed an energy efficiency training course.

The Heritage Green Energy Grants program provides an opportunity to implement the recommendations from training. Training options for owners and managers are currently being reviewed and new training courses will be available in early 2018. To be notified when training options become available, email heritage.nearme@environment.nsw.gov.au. You can also sign up to our newsletter to receive updates on the progress of the first round of successful projects.

Heritage Green Energy Grants are open year round subject to available funding.

Open: Early 2018
Funding available: Up to $100,000 per application
Applicant Information and Guidelines: Heritage Green Energy Grants Program 2017-18 (PDF 104KB)

Expressions of Interest are invited from owners and managers of local heritage items, local councils and organisations who are seeking support for projects that will enhance and protect local heritage assets and values, either through minor works conservation projects, community-based events and activities, or the development of innovative heritage processes, strategies and plans.

The Heritage Near Me Roadshow Team will work closely with all successful applicants to develop detailed project plans.

The Local Heritage Strategic Projects program will be temporarily closed to expressions of interest from 16 February 2018 to allow a review and evaluation of the program. The program will re-open for expressions of interest on Monday 16 April 2018, subject to availability of funding.

Applications will be accepted up to the closure date.

OPEN: 9:00 am Monday 13 February 2017

CLOSE: Midnight 16 February 2018

FUNDING AVAILABLE: From $10,000 to $100,000 per project.

Local Heritage Strategic Projects brochure (PDF 75KB)

Local Heritage Strategic Projects Applicant Information and Guidelines (PDF 165KB)

submit your application

Find your nearest project

Please use the map below to explore successful Heritage Near Me grant projects.