The Richmond River Historical Society building is a beautiful piece of architecture.
The Richmond River Historical Society building is a beautiful piece of architecture. Contributed

Funding to conserve local heritage items

OWNERS and managers of local heritage items are urged to consider applying for more than $4 million in funding for local conservation projects.

Nationals Member for Lismore Thomas George MP said these grants were designed to help communities rejuvenate and conserve their local heritage.

"I would urge all owners and managers of heritage items, councils, businesses, not-for-profit organisations and industry associations to consider applying for funding,” Mr George said.

There are two heritage funding programs open for application:

  • $2.67 million in funding is available under the second round of Heritage Activation Grants program - this program is open to owners and managers of local heritage items listed on their council's Local Environmental Plan;
  • $2 million is available under the first round of the Local Heritage Strategic Projects Program - proposed projects can include conservation and repair work, the development of heritage management, strategy and policy plans and projects developed to specifically raise community awareness, knowledge and understanding of local heritage

These programs are designed to build on the knowledge and connection communities have with their heritage.

"Communities know their heritage better than anyone - these NSW Government grants will help bring local heritage back to life,” Mr George said.

Applications under the Local Heritage Strategic Projects Program are open all year round subject to available funding.

Applications under the Heritage Activation program open today and close on Monday, April 21.

For more information visit: http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/Heritage/heritage-near-me-incentives.htm.