Her­itage grants up for grabs

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - On The Land -

The NSW Gov­ern­ment has stream­lined its Her­itage Grants sys­tem and made it eas­ier for the own­ers of her­itage houses to ap­ply for main­te­nance fund­ing.

“Lo­cal com­mu­nity groups are en­cour­aged to ap­ply for projects where her­itage is cel­e­brated, such as work­ing with a lo­cal school to make short films on his­tor­i­cal events, with grants of up to $50,000 avail­able,” Mem­ber for Al­bury, Greg Aplin said.

“Abo­rig­i­nal Cul­tural Her­itage is a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus of our re­vi­talised grants pro­gram.

“Projects might in­clude sto­ry­telling work­shops, record­ing of oral his­to­ries or works in­cluded in a man­age­ment plan for sig­nif­i­cant Abo­rig­i­nal sites, with grants of up to $70,000 avail­able.”

Her­itage

Min­is­ter,

Gabrielle

Up­ton said fund­ing is now specif­i­cally set aside for in­di­vid­ual pri­vate own­ers in recog­ni­tion of their ef­forts to care for our State her­itage.

“Pre­vi­ously they had to com­pete against com­pa­nies and coun­cils, but now there is a spe­cific al­lo­ca­tion for pri­vate her­itage home own­ers,” Ms Up­ton said.

“If you’re for­tu­nate enough to own a house listed on the State Her­itage Reg­is­ter, you might be in­ter­ested in ap­ply­ing for help with the cost of sta­bil­i­sa­tion, a new roof or win­dow restora­tion.

“Own­ers of State her­itage items can ap­ply for grants of up to $150,000.

“There is $6m worth of grants un­der the two-year Her­itage Grants Pro­gram, in three new streams: Abo­rig­i­nal Cul­tural Her­itage, Car­ing for State Her­itage and Com­mu­nity Her­itage Grants.”

Ms Up­ton said projects that pro­mote her­itage tourism are par­tic­u­larly en­cour­aged.

“Pro­mot­ing a his­toric build­ing as an at­trac­tion can have ben­e­fits for the own­ers and there can also be flow-on ben­e­fits to lo­cal economies through jobs and money spent in re­gional towns,” she said.

“I en­cour­age any­one who has a project that could fit the cri­te­ria to con­tact the Of­fice of En­vi­ron­ment and Her­itage and ex­plore the fund­ing op­tions on of­fer.”

The 2019-21 NSW Her­itage Grants are open for ap­pli­ca­tions from now un­til Fe­bru­ary 8, 2019.

Full de­tails are avail­able on the Of­fice of En­vi­ron­ment and Her­itage web­site at http:// www.en­vi­ron­ment.nsw.gov.au/Her­itage/fund­ing/.

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