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Government Owned Heritage Fund

The 2023/24 Government Owned Heritage Fund (GOH Fund) Grant Program is NOW Open to Apply

The GOH Fund Grants Program is now open to receive applications and will close at 2pm on Thursday 19th October 2023.

This round will suit smaller projects with a short lead time, or multi-year projects that require minimal funding in 2023/24.

Applications must be submitted through the new DEW SmartyGrants System – see Apply Here section below.

Prior to completing the application, please refer to the:

Note: In order to submit an application, the agency should consult with a heritage professional, have up-to-date quotes and a supporting letter from the relevant Director confirming availability of matched funding, ready to submit with the application.

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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.

Grant funding can be applied for 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.
  • Support Agencies to develop conservation documentation and asset surveys for all State Heritage Places.
  • Maximise conservation works that enhance the public realm to benefit 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 when completing funding applications. Such as skills development programs like, the Heritage Apprenticeship Opportunity, coordinated and supported by HSR Aust Group, ABC Training and Renewal SA (See the Heritage Apprenticeship Opportunity flyer).

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. If an application is successful funding can be used to cover approved project specific costs reasonably associated with the project.

Conservation documentation may be eligible for full funding. When completing the application form, request a waiver and provide reasons for the request.

Criteria for funding 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. Please note it is a requirement that all projects are led by a project manager and a recognised heritage professional. Where a recognised heritage professional is not included in the recipient project team it is a requirement that agency project managers maintain regular contact with Heritage SA throughout works. Contact should be made with the Principal Heritage Conservation Advisor, Luigi Vitale on 0401 124 462 or at

For general enquiries relating to the Government Owned Heritage Fund please contact Alison Othen on (08) 8207 7753 or email

Some of the projects supported by the GOH Fund in 2021 are below:

State Heritage Place 10844, Adelaide Railway Station concourse pendant light restoration. Photograph courtesy of Urban Renewal Authority.

State Heritage Place 10844, Adelaide Railway Station concourse pendant lightrestoration. Photograph courtesy of Urban Renewal Authority.

Government Owned Heritage Fund

State Heritage Place 14248 Koonalda Homestead Complex conservation management plan and urgent minor works. Photographs courtesy of Department for Environment and Water.