Local council assistance for heritage projects
Free heritage advice
Your local council is your first source of information on heritage in your local area.
A number of councils have officers who are knowledgeable about heritage matters and who may be able to assist you. To make use of these services, phone the council concerned and ask for the officer who normally deals with heritage matters.
Many councils in NSW also have part-time heritage advisors whose duties normally include giving free advice to owners of heritage items. Phone the council concerned to inquire about discussing your project with the heritage advisor.
Funding from your local council
Many local councils in NSW provide small grants to assist heritage projects. Check with your council to see if it offers grants through its local heritage fund: ask for the officer who normally deals with heritage matters.
Support for community-owned heritage items
National Trust tax-deductible appeal for donations
The National Trust supports conservation works to properties of heritage significance through tax-deductible appeals carried out under the National Trust’s tax deductibility status within conditions laid down by the Australian Taxation Office.
Consider establishing a National Trust tax-deductible appeal for donations to make the project more attractive to potential donors.
Suggested fundraising or in-kind support options
Consider the following fundraising suggestions: auction nights, heritage building open days, antique fairs, art sales, musical evenings or major raffles (preferably with a significant item, such as a car, to generate greater interest).
Check with your local council, the Department of Human Services or Corrective Services NSW about the possibility of employment support for your project - you may have to supply supervision, equipment and materials.
Ask your local council for cash or in-kind support for your project. If you have a rateable property, request that the rates are reimbursed for the purpose of maintaining your heritage building.
Seek sponsorship in cash or in-kind from local businesses or service groups such as Apex, Rotary or Lions.
Potential building and planning concessions for heritage building projects
If a property is listed in a local environmental plan by your local council, you may be entitled to parking, building site ratio and land use concessions to assist your project.
In the City of Sydney, there are provisions which permit the transfer of potential floor space from heritage-listed sites. These transfers are potentially very valuable and can be used by the owner or sold to another.
Heritage Council advice on fire, access and services
If you have a fire rating or access problem, you can refer it to the Heritage Council's Fire, Access and Services Advisory Panel. Solutions may minimise alterations and reduce costs. Contact at the Heritage Division for further information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 02 9873 8500.
Other incentives for privately owned heritage items