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.  

Follow the above link 'Apply Online' to access the online application portal.

Program Guidelines

The Program Guidelines explain: who might be eligible, what type of projects may be funded, provide top tips for a strong application, and outline the key dates during the application and assessment process.  

Tip: The online application works best with Firefox, Safari and Chrome, instead of Internet Explorer.


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

To apply via the online application portal, click the 'Apply Online' link above.

If you have started a draft application and wish to access it again, follow this link to return to your saved application.

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

Round 3 is now open and will close on 13 April 2018.

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.

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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: