Heritage grants unlock more than $3 million

Friday 15 November 2019
Heritage grants unlock more than $3 million


Another twenty-five State Heritage places will undergo conservation works with help from a second round of grants from the Marshall Liberal Government’s SA Heritage Grants Program.

This is in addition to the 27 projects that were provided funding in the first round of the program earlier this year.

The grants for the 52 projects will unlock more than $3.4 million worth of conservation works across the state.

The State Government initiative is aimed at helping to rejuvenate South Australia’s built heritage and ensuring it is protected and preserved for future generations.

The successful applicants in this round include cottages, churches, a factory, a theatre and a lighthouse – with grants ranging from $1,900 to $20,000.

Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said the successful projects were selected by a panel of heritage architects and experts based on a set of criteria.

“What’s been really great about the SA Heritage Grants Program is that the Marshall Liberal Government’s modest investment of $500,000 to part-fund these projects will achieve more than $3.4 million worth of conservation works across the 52 projects,” said Minister Speirs.

“It’s heartening to see such genuine interest and passion for renovating and conserving our heritage, with 97 applications received for funding in this second grant round and a total of 166 applications across both rounds.

“The successful applicants are from all over South Australia and include a railway station in the Barossa, the town hall in Port Augusta and many churches across the state.

“This program will help to conserve a large number of South Australian heritage places and unlock significant investment in our state’s economy.”

Under the program up to $5,000 was made available for simple projects, $10,000 for complex projects and $20,000 for major projects.

Grants receive 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 receive special consideration.

Click here for more information about the SA Heritage Grants Program. https://www.environment.sa.gov.au/topics/heritage/heritage-grants