Heritage Grant Guidelines

Introduction

The City of Casey recognises the value of our heritage.   In accordance with Council’s key direction to strategically plan for future growth areas and existing communities while respecting and maintaining our heritage, Council has allocated funds in the budget to implement the City of Casey Heritage Grants program.

The Heritage Grants program provides funding to eligible individuals, community groups or organisations for urgent conservation or documentary works to support the management of heritage assets, buildings, places and sites of significance in the City of Casey.

Who can apply?

Individuals, community groups and organisations who currently own, occupy or manage a locally significant place listed on the Schedule to the Heritage Overlay of the City of Casey are eligible and encouraged to apply for a grant.

The Schedule to the Heritage Overlay is available at the following link:

http://planningschemes.dpcd.vic.gov.au/schemes/casey/ordinance/43_01s_case.pdf

Funding will not be provided to any party that has failed to complete any projects funded under previous years of the City of Casey Heritage Grants program.

Places on the Victorian Heritage Register are eligible for funding through State government grants programs and are therefore ineligible for the City of Casey Heritage Grants program.

What type of physical works might be funded?

Projects that may be considered for funding will include urgent conservation works to the exterior of a place of local significance listed on the Schedule to the Heritage Overlay of the City of Casey. Where identified as significant on the Schedule to the Heritage Overlay, funding may also be provided for works associated with the interior of a building, or an outbuilding, fence or trees.

Funding will be prioritised towards projects that are supported by appropriate documentary evidence. This may include the advice of an appropriately qualified heritage practitioner, a Conservation Management Plan, or a Heritage Action Plan.

To be eligible for funding, works must meet the following additional criteria:

  • The works must not yet have been completed.
  • The works do not require a planning permit, or a relevant permit has been obtained by the applicant.
  • The works must comply with the guidance of the Australia ICOMOS Burra Charter (this document is available at: http://australia.icomos.org/publications/charters/)

Works that are ineligible for funding include:

  • Works to a place listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.
  • Works to elements of a place that are not of local heritage significance (ie. modern extensions to a heritage building).
  • Works required due to a repair order issued by the City of Casey.
  • Works that have already commenced or been completed.
  • Speculative reconstruction works where there is no evidence of the earlier appearance of the place.

What type of documentary projects might be funded?

The City of Casey encourages the preparation of Conservation Management Plans or Heritage Action Plans for all heritage places. Such documents identify the significant elements of the heritage place and provide an action plan to ensure its long term conservation.

As identified above, funding for conservation works will be prioritised where such works are identified on a Conservation Management Plan or Heritage Action Plan.

Funding may be provided towards the preparation of a Conservation Management Plan or Heritage Action Plan by a suitably qualified heritage practitioner.  

What funding is available?

The amount of funding to be granted is at the discretion of Council. Grants will generally be made available up to $5,000 per applicant. In extraordinary circumstances, a grant above this may be offered where significant urgent works are required.

Funding may be provided for both conservation works and a documentary project where appropriate.

To be considered for a heritage grant, an applicant must provide a financial like for like (dollar for dollar) contribution towards the project.

Grant funding will be made available, by electronic bank transfer, once all works have been completed and inspected and photographed by Council. The City of Casey reserves the right to use photographs for promotional purposes.

How do I apply?

To ensure you are eligible and have the best opportunity to receive funding for your project, you are encouraged to discuss your application with the City of Casey Heritage Officer prior to submitting your application. You can do so by calling (03) 9705 5200.

You can apply for the heritage grant online via the Smartygrants portal.

The following information must be submitted with your application:

  • Your contact details
  • The property street address
  • A current colour photograph of the property and close-up photographs of the areas to which works will be carried out
  • A detailed written description of the proposed works, including maps, reports, plans, diagrams and photographs as appropriate
  • Any record of prior advice sought from a suitably qualified heritage practitioner (ie. a heritage impact assessment, Conservation Management Plan or Heritage Action Plan)
  • Where a planning permit is required, evidence that this permission has been granted or has been sought
  • For works up to $2,999 – one written quote for undertaking the works dated within the last 6 months. Quotes must be detailed and identify the full scope of works and materials to be used.
  • For works above $3000 – two written quotes for undertaking the works dated within the last 6 months. Quotes must be detailed and identify the full scope of works and materials to be used.

The closing date for applications is 5:00pm Friday 4 August 2017. You will be notified of the result of your application by 23 October 2017.

Funds must be spent and claimed no later than 15 June 2018.  In the event a successful funding application is not spent by the 15 June 2018, the funding allocation will be re-allocated to appropriate applicants.

How will my application be assessed?

An application will only be assessed if all required information has been submitted before the closing date for applications.

Each eligible application will be assessed by Council Officers, with assistance from Council’s Heritage Adviser and the Conservation Advisory Committee.

Council may request the property be made available to Council Officers and Council’s Heritage Adviser for inspection to assist with its assessment.

Applications will be assessed by the following criteria:

  • The heritage significance of the place and the fabric to which the works are proposed
  • The type and urgency of the conservation works, or the benefit of preparing documentary projects
  • Compliance with the Burra Charter
  • Community benefit and potential to raise heritage awareness
  • Compliance with guidelines and requirements listed in this document

Further Information

For further information regarding City of Casey Heritage Grant scheme please contact 9705 5200.