National Heritage Preservation Incentive Fund
Heritage Preservation Incentive Fund, administered by the New Zealand Historic
Places Trust, provides financial incentives to encourage the conservation of nationally
significant heritage places in private ownership. Priority is given to heritage
places of national significance which need conservation work and heritage places
of national significance where conservation work is planned and could be improved
through extra funding.
Who can apply for funding?
Any private owner whose heritage properties and conservation projects meet the eligibility requirements will be eligible to apply to the fund.
Public sector agencies (government departments, Crown entities, state-owned enterprises, regional councils, territorial authorities, local authority trading enterprises) and persons and agencies eligible for funding from the Lottery Grants Board (for example incorporated societies, charitable trusts, companies with charitable status) will not be eligible to apply to the fund.
Any property in private ownership that is either registered as a Category I historic place under the Historic Places Act, or could satisfy the requirements for Category I registration, is eligible to apply to the fund.
Any wahi tapu or wahi tapu area in private ownership that is either registered under the Historic Places Act, or could satisfy the requirements for wahi tapu or wahi tapu area registration, is eligible to apply to the fund.
Please contact your nearest NZHPT office for advice if you are unsure about the heritage significance of your property.
What types of projects are eligible for funding?
The following conservation projects are eligible for application to the fund:
What types of projects are NOT eligible for funding?
The following projects are not eligible for application to the fund:
How much and what type of assistance is available?
Assistance is in the form of grants, or low interest loans where the administrative and legal costs are justified. The fund will pay no more than 50% of the cost of conservation work in any particular case, and individual grants will not normally be greater than $100,000.
How and when can I apply for funding?
Applications must be made on the appropriate form provided by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust and sent with all required supporting material to the nearest NZHPT office. There are no closing dates for applications, and they can be made at any time.
The form may be downloaded from this website, in Word or pdf form.
How will my application be assessed?
All applications will be assessed by the NZHPT on the basis of a set of criteria including extent of national significance, extent of public benefit, level of urgency of work, level of conservation standards proposed, and cost effectiveness. Additional criteria used by the NZHPT include value for money in the national public interest, geographic spread and the types of heritage to be conserved.
Approval of applications is made by the Board of the New Zealand Historic Places Trust at its meetings.
How and when is funding paid out?
Once funding is approved, a contract will be signed between the NZHPT and the owner of the heritage property specifying the conservation work to be funded and the applicable conditions.
Conditions may include the establishment of a heritage covenant under the Historic Places Act, or other guarantees that the property will be protected from damage, demolition or destruction. Other conditions will include compliance with all statutory requirements, availability of the property for inspection of the conservation work, agreed completion dates, and public reporting of the project.
Grants from the fund may be made in instalments, and the final payment will normally be made after certification, following final inspection, that the agreed conservation work has been completed.
For further information on applying to the fund, contact your nearest New Zealand Historic Places Trust office:
Northland Area Office