Safeguarding and reactivating our heritage

The Living Heritage Program launched in 2016 and will provide $30 million over four years to safeguard and reactivate Victoria’s key heritage resources.

The program includes $7 million for a competitive community heritage grants program targeting at risk State-listed heritage places.

Applications now open for 2017-18

Applications for the second round of the community heritage grants program are now open. There will be subsequent grant rounds in 2018 and 2019.

2017 guidelines (PDF, 680.9 KB)
Frequently asked questions (PDF, 216.2 KB)

Closing date:

1 June 2017


Grants of between $20,000 and $200,000 will be available per project.

Funding is restricted to places and objects that are:

  • included on the Victorian Heritage Register under the Heritage Act 1995;
  • and publicly accessible.

Projects funded 2016-17

Funding under this program has just been announced  for some significant projects, including urgent repairs to the former Footscray Town Hall portico and conservation works at Captain John Mills House in Port Fairy.

Some  of the successful projects from Round 1; progress reports and updates will be available as works are completed on each project:

A dry field with timber livestock fences in the background with a small shed.

Globe Theatre, Winchelsea

Surf Coast Shire Council


A small cottage behind a blue stone wall.

Captain John Mills House, Port Fairy

National Trust


A masonry construction with red, blue and white banded colours across the columns in the portico at the front.

Former Footscray Town Hall, Footscray

Maribrynong City Council


Globe Theatre in Winchelsea. It's a medium sized building with a verandah out front.

Barmah Punt, near Echuca

Moira Shire Council