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.

Heritage Heroes video project

The Heritage Heroes video project will celebrate individuals and groups who are protecting and sharing their local heritage through Heritage Near Me funded projects. In these videos, you'll see people describe what is unique about their local heritage and why they are involved in protecting it, they'll share their story and connection to their local heritage. If you have a story about a Heritage Near Me funded project you think is worth celebrating, let us know!

Saving the Royal Hotel, Coonabarabran tells the story of the Rickert family and their journey from purchasing to reactivating the Royal Hotel. The Hotel has been operating since the 1860s and the Rickert family are bringing the old hotel back to life with a restoration and adaptive reuse project. The project will be opened in stages with stage one of developments to include a licensed cafe with a gelato ice creamery, bar, disabled unit for accommodation, and laundromat. The Rickert family were successful in the 2016-17 round of the Heritage Activation Grants. They received $100,000 to fund 2 stages of the works to reactivate the building.

Find your nearest project

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


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 an ABN and a site that is listed as a heritage item on a council’s Local Environmental Plan (LEP). 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 and, if required, 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 about training, visit the OEH Energy Efficient Business training program.

Heritage Green Energy Grants are open year round subject to available funding. For information about how to apply, email heritage.nearme@environment.nsw.gov.au.

OPEN: To be announced in August 2017

FUNDING AVAILABLE: Up to $100,000 per application

Applicant Information and Guidelines: Heritage Green Energy Grants Program 2017–18

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