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Government Owned Heritage Fund

Round 2 of the 2021/22 Government Owned Heritage Fund is open for applications from Friday 3 September 2021 and will close at 12:00pm Thursday 28 October 2021.

Please note, the level of funding available for Round 2 is limited. Some projects may be funded directly, while others may be placed on a reserve list for funding if money becomes available before the end of the 2021-22 financial year. As a result, it would be preferable if proposed projects are either:

  • Able to be easily activated at short notice, such as conservation management plans; or,
  • Multi-year projects, where funding is split over two years.

Applications can be submitted through the Grant Management System (GMS):

Please refer to the GMS Application Guide for instructions when submitting an application.

In order to submit an application, the agency should consult with a heritage professional and have up-to-date quotes ready to submit with the application. Please refer to the GOH Fund Guidelines for applicants.

About the fund 

The South Australian government acknowledges the important economic and community contribution made by heritage places and the need for their conservation. 

The Government Owned Heritage Fund (GOH Fund = former Historic Buildings Conservation Program) supports the conservation of government-owned State Heritage-listed Places, through the provision of professional and financial assistance.

Protected by the Heritage Places Act 1993, these places are some of the most significant in South Australia and play an important role for the South Australian economy and within communities and cultural landscapes.

Grants may be made available to undertake conservation work or documentation, with the objectives being to:

  • Provide financial incentive to conserve and manage State Heritage Places.
  • Provide heritage advice to assist Agencies to deliver projects to a high standard.
  • Help Agencies develop conservation documentation and asset surveys for all State Heritage Places.
  • Maximise conservation works that enhance the public realm to benefit of the wider community.

Finding new compatible uses for disused and underused GOH is encouraged as a good way to safeguard the cultural significance of Heritage places and their fabric.   

Consistent with current SA government priorities, it is highly desirable to consider supporting the development of South Australian skills and training programs in funding applications. For instance the Heritage Apprenticeship Opportunity coordinated and supported by HSR Aust Group, ABC Training and Renewal SA (See the Heritage Apprenticeship Opportunity flyer) or any other skill development program.

In most cases matched funding is a requirement for funding applications. The agency applying is to provide an equal or greater financial contribution for essential conservation works. Funding can be used to cover project specific costs reasonably associated with the project.

Conservation documentation may be eligible for full funding.

Criteria can be found in the GOH Fund Guideline for Applicants. To check for eligibility please refer to the South Australian Heritage Register, or contact Heritage South Australia on (08) 8124 4960 or email

Work is expected to be carried out to appropriate standards conforming to the Burra Charter and in accordance with the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 and the South Australian Government Procurement Framework.

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