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 Incentives program will be supported by a dedicated Heritage Near Me Roadshow team. 

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

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 only available to owners and managers of heritage buildings who:

  • have a site that has an ABN and is listed as a heritage item on a council’s Local Environmental Plan (LEP). You can check the State Heritage Inventory to see if your property is listed.
  • have completed an energy efficiency training course and post-training support through the OEH Energy Efficient Business program.

The Heritage Green Energy Grants program provides an opportunity to implement the recommendations from training. For further information please visit the OEH Energy Efficient Business training program.

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

OPEN: Opening date to be announced

FUNDING AVAILABLE: Up to $100,000 per application

Applications will be submitted through Smarty Grants. A direct link will be available on this page when grants open.

Expressions of Interest are invited from owners and managers of local heritage items, local councils and organisations who are seeking support for projects and programs 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 this program to develop detailed project plans with a view to further collaboration in the implementation stage.

The Local Heritage Strategic Projects program is open year round, subject to available funding.

OPEN: 9:00 am Monday 13 February 2017

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