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Heritage Grants

Heritage Conservation Grants Program

The Heritage Conservation Grants Program will open later this year. All applications will need to be submitted through our new DEW Smarty Grant System. Further details and a link to the new Grant system will be found here when available.

Heritage Conservation Grants will be available to owners of State heritage listed places.

  • Grants provide up to $20,000 for conservation work or documentation.
  • All grants will be provided on a dollar-for-dollar basis.

The Heritage Conservation Grant Program is competitive, so in addition to the conservation benefits of projects, special consideration may also be given to places impacted by flood, projects that benefit the public realm, activate under-utilised places, and support specialised heritage training. Remember to focus your application on the relevant criteria.

Grant Categories

Funding for conservation works will be paid on a dollar-for-dollar basis. The minimum grant for any project is $1,000.

There are three categories of funding.

  1. Simple- up to $5,000 (GST exclusive) – Projects may include - Documentation, e.g. Architect fees, conservation management plans, dilapidation reports, development application drawings/schedules. Simple projects with only one component, e.g. Salt damp treatment or re-roofing.
  2. Complex up to $10,000 (GST exclusive) – THIS IS THEMAXIMUM AVAILABLE TO RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES. Projects for residential properties with multiple components such as reinstatement of lost significant fabric or larger, more complex repairs e.g. façade conservation including timber repair and salt damp treatment; roof and gutter replacement including new roof framing and fascia’s.
  3. Majorup to $20,000 (GST exclusive) - ONLY AVAILABLE FOR NON-RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES. Projects for non-residential properties with multiple components addressing at least two of the Assessment Criteria, e.g. (1) Places at risk; (2) Adaptive re-use.

What you will need to apply

To submit an application, you must:

  1. Have received advice from a heritage professional.
  2. Have up-to-date quotes ready to attach to your application.
    (To help you find the right person to undertake your heritage conservation project, visit the Heritage SA Register of Heritage Trades and Consultants.)
  3. Attach letters from property owners or sponsors (if required).
  4. Attach supporting photographs and documentation to your application.

About the Program

If you own a State Heritage Place or a place within a State Heritage Area and are planning a conservation project that will help to conserve or protect significant fabric or heritage values, you may be eligible to receive a Heritage Conservation Grant. To find out more about Heritage Conservation Grant eligibility and criteria, please read the Fact Sheet.

Funding is provided on a dollar-for-dollar basis to successful applicants including, private owners, companies, local councils & community groups who are owners of State Heritage Places, and owners or businesses within a State Heritage Area. State Heritage Places owned by the State Government are not eligible.

Heritage Conservation Grants are aimed at helping rejuvenate the state’s built heritage, ensuring it is protected and preserved for future generations. So far, $1,250,000 of grant funding has stimulated a total direct investment of $8.22 million into heritage conservation works.

Find out more about past successful applications here.

For more information about Heritage Conservation Grants please contact Heritage South Australia on 8207 7753 or email

Building Upgrade Finance

Building Upgrade Finance may be available to supplement grant funding for non-residential heritage building upgrade works where the grant funding provides only a proportion of the total cost. Building Upgrade Finance is secured against the land, via a local council charge, with repayments made through the local council rates billing process and then transferred to the financier by the local council. This form of finance is currently available to building owners in the Cities of Adelaide, Gawler, Light Regional, Marion, Onkaparinga and Whyalla and via private sector finance providers, to fund environmental and heritage works to existing non-residential buildings.

To find out more about Building Upgrade Finance, contact Corinna Pereira, Building Upgrade Finance Central Facilitator for South Australia on (08) 8203 7144 or email or visit the website.