Heritage Project Fund

The Whakatu Nelson Heritage Strategy 2006 provided for the Heritage Project Fund – a contestable fund that provides grants to the owners of heritage items, and to others who are concerned with the city’s heritage, to encourage the conservation of buildings, objects and sites of heritage value in the city.

Grants are available to maintain, repair, restore, stabilise and provide advice and work for statutory seismic strengthening for buildings, objects and sites that are identified in the Nelson Resource Management Plan.

Heritage Project Fund 2017

Applications for the 2017/18 round of the Heritage Project Fund closed on 31 March 2017. 20 applications were received seeking a  total of $355,000. The Fund allocated in the Council’s draft Annual Plan for 2017/18 is $100,000. Decisions on the applications will be made by the end of June.

The next opportunity to apply for funding will be in March/April next year for work to be undertaken in 2018/19.

Who can apply?

Grant applicants must be one or more of the following:

  1. Owners of a heritage building, object or site listed in the Nelson Resource Management Plan
  2. Iwi
  3. Non-profit incorporated heritage groups or organisations
  4. Specialist bodies established to conserve or manage heritage places.

Grants are not available for the Council, Central Government or its agencies.

Grants - what you need to know

Grants of $1,000 (+GST) or more are available towards the cost of approved projects.

a) The building, object or site must be listed in the Nelson Resource Management Plan.

b) The building, object or site must not be owned by the Crown, Council, or its agencies.

c) The following types of projects are eligible for funding:

(i) stabilisation, repair or restoration of original heritage fabric relating to historic buildings or structures (e.g. repairs to masonry, joinery, plaster or glazing, earthquake strengthening or fire protection); provided the work is to the standard approved by the Council;

(ii) professional services (eg. research, condition reports, conservation plans, heritage plans, conservation work specifications, management plans);

(iii) the proposed work must have all necessary Council and Heritage New Zealand approvals.

d) Assistance will not be provided for non-essential additions or alterations to listed buildings or objects, nor for the acquisition or relocation of listed buildings, objects and sites.

e) Applications must be made before the work starts (retrospective funding is not available) and work must be completed within the financial year that the Council has allocated the funding.


Funding uses regarding building conservation include:

  1. Water proofing
  2. Earthquake proofing
  3. Underfloor ventilation
  4. One-off heritage features (e.g. provision of architraves)
  5. Appraisals or proposals for further funding

Assessment criteria

Applications will be assessed using the following criteria:

  1. The contribution that the proposed work will make to the ongoing conservation and retention of the heritage values of the building, object or site
  2. Grants will be assessed as a percentage of the heritage conservation component of the work, and not the total project cost
  3. The urgency of the work to maintain the heritage values of the building, object or site
  4. The level of conservation standards proposed
  5. The extent to which the application exhibits sound heritage management planning and includes appropriate documentation of specifications, drawings and costings or conservation plans
  6. The extent to which the proposed work conforms with the principles and processes set out in the ICOMOS (NZ) Charter for the Conservation of Places of Cultural Heritage Value
  7. The financial and project management capacity of the applicant and/or advisors
  8. Applications for routine maintenance or repair to listed buildings or objects will be given low priority

Grants awarded in the 2016/17 round

Last year Council received 28 applications seeking a total of over $388,000 of funding from an available amount of $100,000.

While some applications did not fit the criteria there were several commendable projects that were not recommended for funding simply because of the volume and calibre of applications received. Properties that received funding are listed below:

Heritage Property Address Work funded Amount allocated
131 Bridge Street Earthquake strengthening of parapet and column $16,000
280 Hardy Street Strengthen and support veranda $15,000
3 Brookside Replace wiring $7,000
5 Whitby Road Reroofing $25,000
16 Ngatitama Street Repair slate roof $2,000
121 Trafalgar Street Earthquake strengthening $15,000
18 Manuka Street Earthquake strengthening bell tower $1,700
61-65 Selwyn Place Reroofing $12,300
24 Ngatitama Street Replacing rotten timber on veranda $6,000
TOTAL   $100,000


For any enquiries or to make initial contact, please phone Richard Frizzell on +64 3 546 0423.