Locals keen to preserve Inverell’s history could be eligible for a portion of $36,000 as part of the council’s Local Heritage Assistance Fund, supported by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.
Available for maintenance works on older buildings in the shire, projects could include reinstating features, weatherproofing, restumping, brickwork repairs and conservation works. The grants are provided as incentives for property owners of heritage listed items.
On top of conservation and maintenance projects, owners can also seek funds for adaptive reuse projects, urban design projects that support heritage, interpretation projects and conservation management plans.
Projects that are normally funded include:
- Repairing walls, verandahs, windows or roof plumbing on older buildings.
- Repairing or reconstructing traditional front fences or other boundary work to protect older houses or sites.
- Repairing and conserving older buildings, historic remnants or grave sites.
Funding will not be provided for:
- New buildings, extensions or unsympathetic work.
- Routine maintenance (e.g lawn mowing, gutter cleaning or carpet cleaning).
- Projects where adequate funding is available from the applicant or other sources.
- Projects where substantial government assistance has been previously provided.
- Projects where the applicant has yet to complete other assisted projects.
- New commemorative monuments or works.
- The purchase of heritage buildings.
- The relocation of buildings or work to relocated buildings.
- Private headstones, unless there is no possibility of descendant support for the project.
Following assessment of the applications, funding will be allocated in accordance with the scope and scale of each project. In their assessment, the council will consider the project scale, scope of works required, necessity, and application quality.
In all cases the property owner will be required to provide at least matching finance for the project.
To see the full Local Heritage Assistance Funds guidelines or to apply, visit the council website.