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Check your eligibility

Start your grant application by confirming eligibility with Heritage Victoria:

  • Is the place or object in the Victorian Heritage Register?
  • Is the place or object publicly accessible?
  • Is the applicant organisation or owner/manager eligible to receive funds?
  • Are the proposed works eligible conservation works?

Eligibility explained

Places and objects must be publicly accessible and a significant community benefit anticipated.

‘Public access’ refers to places that are accessible to the broader community. A ‘significant community benefit’ may relate to programs or activities that respond to community needs. These programs or activities are not generally commercial.

You can demonstrate benefit by outlining:

  • Regular visitation such as a heritage site or collection that is open to the public.
  • Frequent use as a community space.
  • Use for community services such as an information centre or a homeless refuge
  • In addition, you may also provide letters of support from stakeholder groups to demonstrate community support.

The following parties are eligible for funding:

  • A Victorian municipal council
  • A community or not-for-profit organisation that is a legal entity
  • A committee of management under the Crown Lands (Reserves) Act 1978
  • A trust appointed pursuant to a restricted Crown grant, and cemetery trusts appointed under the Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2003
  • An owner of a privately-owned place or object, including a place of worship

Private owners must match grant funding on a dollar-for-dollar basis.

The Living Heritage Grants Program funds conservation works. This may include:

  • Repairs to original material, such as stonework, timber joinery or windows.
  • Works that mitigate a significant risk to the place, such as structural works or roof replacement.
  • Works that allow the reuse of a building that is currently unused due to poor condition.

Maintenance works are not funded through this program.

  • Heritage places and objects that are not in the Victorian Heritage Register.
  • Places and objects that have no general public access or where access to the general public is limited.
  • Privately owned heritage places and objects, and places operating on a commercial or for-profit basis, unless public accessibility criteria can be met, and a significant public benefit can be demonstrated.

  • Regular maintenance activities that should normally be carried out to keep the place or object in good repair.
  • Refurbishment projects involving, for example, the purchase of new carpet, and the installation of kitchens and bathrooms and construction of new buildings or new additions to heritage places.
  • Repair of damage caused by vandalism, fire or other natural disasters where the repair of damage is covered by insurance.
  • Purchase of heritage places, associated land, equipment, furniture, storage or display cabinets.
  • Relocation of heritage buildings or objects.
  • Demolition or other works that may affect the heritage significance of the heritage place or object.
  • Interpretation projects.
  • If heritage works are already being funded by another State or Commonwealth grant.
  • Works that are the subject of State or Local Government ‘Emergency Works Orders’.
  • Employment or remuneration of staff.
  • Projects that have already started.
  • Incomplete applications.
  • Any other projects deemed ineligible after assessment of application.

Page last updated: 23/03/23