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 2016

The 2016/17 round of the Heritage Project Fund is now open for applications until 5pm Friday 15 April 2016. An information sheet (40KB PDF) and application form (82KB PDF)can be downloaded here.

Who can apply?

Grant applicants must be one or more of the following:

a) owners of a heritage building, object or site listed in the Nelson Resource Management Plan
b) iwi
c) non-profit incorporated heritage groups or organisations
d) 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:

a) water proofing
b) earthquake proofing
c) underfloor ventilation
d) one-off heritage features (e.g. provision of architraves)
e) appraisals or proposals for further funding

Assessment criteria

Applications will be assessed using the following criteria:

a) the contribution that the proposed work will make to the ongoing conservation and retention of the heritage values of the building, object or site
b) grants will be assessed as a percentage of the heritage conservation component of the work, and not the total project cost
c) the urgency of the work to maintain the heritage values of the building, object or site
d) the level of conservation standards proposed
e) the extent to which the application exhibits sound heritage management planning and includes appropriate documentation of specifications, drawings and costings or conservation plans
f) 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
g) the financial and project management capacity of the applicant and/or advisors
h) applications for routine maintenance or repair to listed buildings or objects will be given low priority

Applications for the 2016/17 round close at 5pm 15 April 2016

Grants awarded in the 2015/16 round

Last year Council received 31 applications seeking a total of over $366,000 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
64 Nile St Repair rot, repair splitting weatherboards; replace and repair electricals; bell tower repanelling. $15,000
320 Hardy St Repair stained glass windows. $4,500
221 Hardy St Undertake Detailed Engineering Assessment for earthquake risk. $5,000
87 Grove St Replace roof. $10,000
61-65 Selwyn Further wiring upgrade, switchboard upgrade, $5,000
339 Wakefield Quay Improve sub-floor ventilation and clearances by relevelling floor/repiling where necessary. $10,000
278 Nayland Road Stabilise/repair chimney and southern end of cottage from water ingress $5,500
30 Vanguard St Earthquake engineering assessment and detailed design report to strengthen foundations. $10,000
284/286 Trafalgar St Undertake Detailed Engineering Assessment for earthquake risk. $5,000
280 Trafalgar St Undertake Detailed Engineering Assessment for earthquake risk. $5,000
24 Ngatitama St Replace rotten decking and veranda post necklaces. $3,000
319 Hardy St Seismic strengthening with underfloor anchor piles. $10,000
64 Brougham St Replacing roof slate sections, repairing damaged gullies and capping rails. $12,000
  TOTAL $100,000


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