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Eligibility

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Individual projects will only be funded by one of the following funds. Please review the following VHRF eligibility criteria before making your application. Please note, eligibility relates to both the applicant status and the type of works applied for.

Melbourne Heritage Restoration Fund

To be eligible for funding assistance from Melbourne Heritage Restoration Fund, proposed restoration works must:

  • apply to a place of identified historical significance as protected under a heritage overlay in the City of Melbourne, only if sufficient funds are available;
  • enhance the original or early appearance and the overall improvement of the place;
  • involve works that are visible from a public place;
  • provide evidence that the work is of a reconstructive or restorative nature (this can be established through early building plans, photographs and drawings or through evidence on the place);
  • reconstruct only original features;
  • be located in a prominent public domain; and
  • be put forward by the property owner or a lessee who has the written consent from the owner and who’s term of lease is longer than any completion deadline or loan repayment period.

Works not eligible for funding assistance includes:

  • works to Council owned properties;
  • works to interiors;
  • works to areas of the place that are not publicly visible;
  • works required due to a repair order issued by the City of Melbourne;
  • works required under a condition of a permit issued by the Executive Director under the Heritage Act 1995;
  • routine repairs and general maintenance (for example, roof plumbing, restumping and repainting);
  • works already commenced;
  • painting
  • new additions or extensions (unless the reconstruction is of an original element); and
  • speculative reconstruction works where there is no evidence of the early appearance of the place.

Yarra Heritage Restoration Fund

To be eligible for funding assistance from Yarra Heritage Restoration Fund, proposed restoration works must:

  • apply to a place of identified historical significance as protected under a heritage overlay in the City of Yarra, only if sufficient funds are available;
  • enhance the original or early appearance and the overall improvement of the place;
  • involve works that are visible from a public place;
  • provide evidence that the work is of a reconstructive or restorative nature (this can be established through early building plans, photographs and drawings or through evidence on the place);
  • reconstruct only original features;
  • be located in a prominent public domain; and
  • be put forward by the property owner or a lessee who has the written consent from the owner and who’s term of lease is longer than any completion deadline or loan repayment period.

Works not eligible for funding assistance includes:

  • works to Council owned properties;
  • works to interiors;
  • works to areas of the place that are not publicly visible;
  • works required due to a repair order issued by the City of Yarra;
  • works required under a condition of a permit issued by the Executive Director under the Heritage Act 1995;
  • routine repairs and general maintenance (for example, roof plumbing, restumping and repainting);
  • works already commenced;
  • painting
  • new additions or extensions (unless the reconstruction is of an original element); and
  • speculative reconstruction works where there is no evidence of the early appearance of the place.

Ballarat Heritage Restoration Fund

To be eligible for funding assistance from the Ballarat Heritage Restoration Fund, proposed restoration works must:

  1. apply to a place of identified historical significance as protected under a heritage overlay in the City of Ballarat, and must;
    • conserve the overall significance of the place;
    • involve works that are visible from a public place, focus should be given to the external envelope;
    • provide evidence that the work is of a reconstructive or restorative nature (this can be established through building plans, photographs and drawings or through evidence on the place);
    • be put forward by the property owner or a lessee who has the written consent from the owner and who’s term of lease is longer than any completion deadline or loan repayment period.

Works ineligible for funding assistance include:

  1. works to Council owned properties;
  2. works to interiors;
  3. works to areas of the place that are not publicly visible, exceptions may be given by the discretion of VHRF;
  4. works required due to a repair order issued by the City of Ballarat;
  5. repair and maintenance works (for example, roof plumbing, re-stumping and repainting). These works may be considered for funding where the works form part of the larger scope of works to conserve the significance of the place;
  6. works already commenced;
  7. new additions or extensions;
  8. speculative reconstruction works where there is no evidence of the earlier appearance of the place; and,
  9. works proposed by applicants who have an outstanding loan or grant with the City of Ballarat.