Small Heritage Grants

CLOSED - This funding program will not be offered in 2023 as Council seeks to review its ongoing expenditure.

This funding program will not be offered in 2023-24 as Council seeks to review its ongoing expenditure.

Small Heritage Grants have been established by Council and Heritage NSW to provide funding support to owners of heritage listed properties throughout the Shire. The funding is provided on a dollar for dollar basis and is provided to assist heritage property owners in carrying out works which support the ongoing conservation of these important parts of the Bega Valley Shires character.

The Small Heritage Grant (formerly the Heritage Assistance Fund) distributes funding to support Heritage outcomes throughout the Shire. The type of grants available are:

  • dollar for dollar grant up to $5,000 for owners and managers of heritage items, or
  • where the owner intends to do the work themselves the fund may assist with 50% of the cost of materials, but does not fund the owner’s labour cost
  • one grant of up to $2,500 for a senior over 65-years-of-age who is a pensioner or self-funded retiree.

Recently funded projects

  • reconstruction of guttering / roofing
  • replacement of roofing, guttering, rafters and battens
  • repair/reconstruction of verandah decking, railings and posts
  • repair and painting of interior pressed tin wall lining
  • restoration of iron balcony lacework
  • restoration of brickwork/re-pointing
  • Drainage and aeration improvements


Who can I speak to

Jayde Rankin
Grants Administration Officer
Bega Valley Shire Council
Phone: (02) 6499 2222


Funds available:

up to $5,000 per applicant


Overall grant program objectives

Small Heritage Grants aim to:

  • To encourage the conservation, restoration and presentation of heritage buildings, sites and heritage conservation areas throughout the Shire.

Grant specific criteria/information


To be eligible you must be:

  • Owners/managers of heritage items or items in a heritage conservation area listed in the Bega Valley Local Environmental Plan 2013.
  • Owners of non-listed items may apply when supported by Council’s heritage advisor or other heritage specialists as being of heritage significance.
  • State government agencies may only be involved as a project partner.

The following projects are not eligible:

  • new buildings, new commemorative monuments or retrospective works
  • routine maintenance, e.g.. lawn mowing or gutter cleaning
  • purchase of heritage buildings or equipment
  • relocation of buildings or works to relocate buildings

Selection Criteria

Funding is targeted to projects:

  • where the project partners have the capacity and commitment to undertake the project
  • with sustainable long-term heritage benefits
  • that are for public benefit and enjoyment
  • that show innovation and leadership
  • that demonstrate funding equity and cost effectiveness

Funding priorities

Priority will generally be given to projects that:

  • are for urgent maintenance works to avert deterioration or demolition
  • protect a building through repairs to roof, gutters, downpipes and stormwater drainage
  • prevent or repair decay of structural fabric including base plates, lintels, restumping etc.
  • enhance heritage streetscapes or conservation areas
  • involve the ongoing or adaptive re-use of a heritage item
  • have not received funds under this grant program in the last 5 years

Applying for funding

To apply for funding for a project:

  • Read the application form so that you know the specific information you need to submit and if your project fits the types of funding offered.
  • Talk with Council’s Heritage Officer or Heritage Advisor about your project
  • Do some background research on your heritage item so that you can include all relevant information in your project proposal
  • Prepare a list of project tasks to be completed within the grant funding timeframe
  • Get two quotes for each of the projects tasks (where possible)
  • Ensure you have relevant plans and sketches – depending on the size of the project you may need to include these in your application
  • Take ‘before the project’ photographs. See the following guide to photo point monitoring
  • Complete the online application form (a link will become available on this page) and keep a copy for your records.


Assessment Process

  • Council will acknowledge receipt of your application.
  • Recommendations will then be sought from Council’s Heritage Advisor.
  • Applications will be assessed on merit by Council’s Heritage Committee and funding allocated accordingly. Note: In assessing your application, the quality and clarity of information provided will be taken into account as well as the merits of the project.
  • A funding offer and contract will be sent to successful applicants and Council will advise unsuccessful applicants.
  • Funding agreements need to be signed and returned prior to commencing works.

The Small Assistance Grants are a targeted funding program. Projects must meet eligibility criteria, funding priorities and common selection criteria. However, in exceptional circumstances, Council reserves the right to recommend funding for projects that may not fully meet these requirements.



Grant programe timeline



Funding acknowledgment

NSW Governvernment logo and link to website.Proudly funded by the NSW Government in association with Bega Valley Shire Council.


Community Grants Resources



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