About the Program

The Living Heritage Program was launched in 2016 and will provide $36.5 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.

Community Heritage Grants Program

The third application round for the community heritage grants program opened on February 1 2018 and closed at 5pm on April 13 2018. 

The fourth and final application round for the community heritage grants program will open in February 2019.


Funding is restricted to conservation projects for places and objects that are:

  • included on the Victorian Heritage Register under the Heritage Act 2017; and
  • publicly accessible.

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, read the 2018 Program Guidelines and FAQs.

Grant Amount

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

How to Apply

Applications for the 2018 funding Round are now closed. If you have any questions about your application, please feel free to contact the Living Heritage Grants Program team at Heritage Victoria on living.heritage@delwp.vic.gov.au or 03 9938 6851.

Important Dates

Applications will be invited for the competitive Round 4 of the Living Heritage Grants Program in early 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:


Page last updated: 10/10/2018