About the Program

The Living Heritage Program was launched in 2016 and will provide $38.5 million over four years to safeguard and reactivate Victoria’s key heritage resources.

The program includes $8.5 million for a competitive community heritage grants program targeting “at risk” State-listed heritage places. The Program aims to enable owners and managers to undertake necessary conservation works to address the needs of their heritage place or object, and in doing so, support the ongoing and sustainable use of our most significant heritage assets.

Funding is provided to support projects that address the risk to the place or object and that deliver and demonstrate benefits for the community.

Round 4 is now open

The fourth round for the Living Heritage Grants Program competitive community heritage grants program is now open.  

Follow these links to start an application or to continue your application:

Apply online Continue an application

Program details


The eligibility criteria is outlined in the 2019 Program Guidelines.

Requirements include:

  • that the heritage place or object is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register
  • is 'publicly accessible' is for 'eligible conservation projects'
  • that the applicant is 'eligible' to apply.

Please note that places of worship, private owners and commercial businesses are required to match grant funds on a dollar-for-dollar basis.  

Other eligibility criteria apply. To find out if you are eligible and what types of projects may be funded, consult the Guidelines and FAQs.

Grant Amount

Grants of between $20,000 and $200,000 are available per project, per application round.

How to Apply

Round 4 of the Living Heritage Grants Program is now open.  Select the Apply online button above to start your application.

Please feel free to contact the Living Heritage Grants Program team at Heritage Victoria if you have any queries on:

☎  Phone: (03) 9938 6870
✉  Email: living.heritage@delwp.vic.gov.au

Important Dates

Program opened: Monday 4 March 2019

Program closes: Friday 10 May 2019

Documents for Successful Applicants

All successful applicants will need to enter into a Victorian Common Funding Agreement (VCFA) with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

It is recommended that you read the Sample Funding Agreement (PDF, 235.5 KB) and the Funding Agreement Standard Terms and Conditions (PDF, 289.8 KB) before applying for funding.

Throughout the course of your funded project, you will need to report back to the Department regarding timelines, progress and expenditure. Our optional reporting templates can be viewed below: