Preservation grants available to assist restoration works

File photo.
File photo.

Half a million dollars in grants is now available to owners of State Heritage properties, including those from the region, to help them undertake vital preservation and restoration works. 

The SA Heritage Grants Program is a state government election commitment with the grants designed to help rejuvenate our built heritage, ensuring it is protected and preserved for future generations.

Environment and Water minister David Speirs said the program’s primary focus is the conservation of significant South Australian heritage places and areas.

“South Australia has a rich architectural, historical and cultural heritage and the state government wants to see heritage places re-energised, either by adaptively reusing them, or by investing in them as tourism drawcards,” he said. 

“South Australians value heritage places and want them to be nurtured, re-vitalised and invested in so that they continue to give our communities character and connect people with the stories of our state’s rich history.

“Heritage is not just about the past, but is a living representation of where we’ve come from,” he said.

The $500,000 budget for the program will be divided into two rounds of $250,000.

Up to $5000 will be available for simple projects, $10,000 for complex projects and $20,000 for major projects.

A Heritage Grant will only pay up to 50 per cent of the anticipated costs of conservation works or documentation, with the recipient responsible for matching funding dollar for dollar.

In some cases, in-kind labour and materials may be recognised as part of the matching contribution.

Conservation projects that benefit the public realm, activate under-utilised places, support specialised heritage training and/or facilitate tourism may get special consideration

Applications for the first grant round are open now and close on March 15, 2019.

Further information, visit www.environment.sa.gov.au.