Living Heritage Program

Safeguarding and reactivating our heritage

Victoria's heritage is rich and diverse with more than 2,325 heritage places and objects on the Victorian Heritage Register. These contribute to the liveability of Victoria and provide a wide range of economic, social and other benefits.

The Living Heritage Program — included in the Victorian Budget 2015-16 — will provide $30 million over four years to safeguard and reactivate the State's key heritage resources.

The Program includes $7 million for a competitive community heritage grants program targeting 'at risk' State-listed heritage places.

Applications now open

Applications for the second round of the community heritage grants program are now open, and will close on 1 June 2017. There will be subsequent grant rounds in 2018 and 2019.

Please read the updated Living Heritage Grants Program 2017 Guidelines (PDF 680.5 KB)carefully before preparing your application.

Grants of between $20,000 and $200,000 will be available per project. Funding will be restricted to publicly accessible places and objects included on the Victorian Heritage Register under the Heritage Act 1995.

Applications will be open to community and not-for profit organisations, Committees of Management under the Crown Land Reserves Act 1978, trusts established under a restricted Crown grant, cemetery trusts under the Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2003, and local councils. Matched funding will also be available for places of worship, and in some instances, heritage places and objects in private ownership if public accessibility criteria can be met and a significant community benefit can be demonstrated.

How to apply

You can apply for the Living Heritage Grants Program through the Grants Online portal.

You will need to register as a user and you can save your application and return to it anytime. If you experience any difficulties accessing the portal, please call the Grants Information Line on 1300 366 356.

Successful applicants

All successful applicants will be required to enter into a Victorian Common Funding Agreement (VCFA) with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. Please see below for a sample VCFA agreement and other documentation available for successful projects.

More information

For further information, please read the Frequently Asked Questions (PDF 215.6 KB).

For all other enquiries, please email living.heritage@delwp.vic.gov.au or call (03) 9938 6851.

Page last reviewed on 23 March 2017

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