Need help restoring your heritage building?

Maintaining a heritage property in good condition can be a financial challenge....but grants can offer some help.

If you own a ‘contributory’ heritage building in Brimbank and are looking for a bit of financial help to restore, repair or maintain it, apply now for a Heritage Assistance grant from Brimbank City Council.

Applications under Round 7 of Heritage Assistance Fund program will close on 17 October 2014; and there is a total of $20,000 available to be shared amongst successful recipients.

The Heritage Assistance Fund provides grants to private individuals and community organisations to help with the restoration and maintenance of their heritage properties. It is part of Council’s ongoing commitment to the conservation of Brimbank’s historic buildings and places.

Successful grant recipients from previous years found the Heritage Assistance funding useful.

Peter Vika from the Slovakian Baptist Church in Sunshine said the grant the church received last year provided help towards a project undertaken to restore the original church building to the way it was a hundred years ago.

The Slovakian Baptist Church had applied successfully for a Heritage Assistance grant towards the restumping of the church building, which was required in order to maintain its structural integrity.

“We have now undertaken a larger restoration project to bring the entire building back to what it was originally,” Mr Vika said, "and the first of these tasks was restumping. As part of this larger restoration, the asbestos cladding has been removed from the original timber boards. We then repaired the walls, and replaced the roofing. We expect the work will be completed in about a month. We are very grateful for the funds which assisted us in carrying out the restoration of this beautiful building.”
Peter Vika, from the Slovakian Baptist Church in Sunshine

Nick and Anna Viglione from Albion received a grant through last year’s funding program, which helped towards paying for some work their heritage property required.

“The grant meant that we had some help towards the cost of the work that had to be done. When you don’t have an exorbitant amount of funds and need to budget for more essential things, a bit of help is useful.

“We had repairs done to several pairs of leadlight glass in and around the front door and front bay windows. Several cracks in the masonry and brickwork at the front of the property around the windows and windowsills were also fixed. Of course the grant didn’t pay the full cost of the work, but it certainly helped.”
Anna Viglione

The Heritage Assistance fund will provide up to 80% of the cost of works, to a maximum of $2,000 per property for successful applicants, with applicants expected to cover at least 20% of the total cost of the works themselves.

Apply by 17 October 2014
Owners of eligible properties can apply for funding for works which enhance the heritage significance of the property (usually works to the front), by repairing or reconstructing original elements that have been lost or altered.

You can apply online on Council's website or mail in an application to Council.  For more information contact Council’s Strategic Planning Department on 9249 4112.