Local Heritage Fund

Council and Heritage NSW offer grants to owners of local heritage places to provide a 'helping hand' to make a start to renovating or conserving their place.

The grants offer assistance of up to $2,000, but in some exceptional cases up to $5,000 can be provided. Owners need to show how they are also contributing to the project, as the grant can not be more than 50% of the total project costs. Please note the grant offered can not be increased if the cost of the works exceed the original estimate.

Currently there are almost 550 heritage places and 14 heritage conservation areas listed in the MidCoast Council area which are eligible to apply for funding.

What projects are eligible?

Eligible projects can involve the repair, maintenance or reinstatement of missing items on heritage buildings. This can include fences, verandahs, windows, roof cladding and decorative detail. Structural work through to painting can be eligible for funding. Projects must be located within the MidCoast Council area.

Funding will not be provided where:

  • work has commenced or been completed without prior knowledge or agreement of Council or the heritage team
  • substantial assistance has been previously provided or where the applicant did not complete previous projects
  • it is proposed to purchase reusable equipment (eg power tools) or the purchase of a building/site
  • inappropriate use of materials/work is proposed that does not comply with heritage principles (eg extensions to a heritage building or relocated building) or for studies/reports related to the demolition, removal or relocation of heritage items.

The conditions of approval outline the requirements that need to be met by successful applicants.

Assessment criteria

The following criteria will be assessed against your application (it is not necessary to meet all of these criteria):

  • the applicant’s ability to demonstrate technical and financial responsibility with regard to the project and meet the completion date of mid-April
  • the degree to which the applicant is financially contributing to the project (contribution must be at least 50%)
  • projects which are visible (eg replacement of a verandah to a building in a main street location) or demonstrate important heritage value to the community
  • projects which have public accessibility (eg local museum, church or a private home which is open to the public several times a year)
  • projects which are located in an area which has received little or no funding previously
  • urgent projects to avert a threat to a heritage item.

Timing/reporting of project

Works can commence after successful applicants are notified in early July 2022. Works must be completed and a final report provided to Council by mid-April the following year. Prior to completion, regular updates are to be submitted as milestones are reached (emails are sufficient). The final report will provide a record of the work undertaken, expenditure and photographs (before/after). If updates or the final report are not provided, funding may be withdrawn.

Payment of the grant is made to successful applicants after the works are completed, signed off by our heritage team and copies of paid invoices are submitted. Allow 14 days for the payment to be made into your nominated account.

Please note – these applications have closed and will be made available again in early in 2023.


Important - do not assume immediate approval of your project or that retrospective work will be reimbursed without prior agreement. Work should not commence until you have received an approval letter from Council.