The Blue Mountains Local Heritage Assistance Fund provides small grants to local property owners, so they can undertake minor conservation works on heritage properties in the Blue Mountains. 

The Fund is jointly funded by Blue Mountains City Council and the NSW Government, and provides dollar for dollar grant funding for minor conservation works on privately owned heritage properties.

In 2022, the Fund increased and a total of $15,000 was awarded (individual grants were up to $2,500 each).

2022/2023 applications

Applications for 2022/23 grants are now open!
Owners and managers of these properties are invited and encouraged to apply for a grant. Applications close 5pm Friday 30 September 2022.

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This new round of grants, which apply to the 2022/23 financial year, will direct funding towards heritage buildings that are listed as local heritage items and/or contributory buildings within heritage conservation areas listed in the Blue Mountains Local Environmental Plan (LEP). Priority will be given to minor conservation works to buildings that will provide a public benefit to the community, such as conservation of the building’s façade frontage or enhancements visible from the street. 

Consideration will also be given to the preparation of strategic heritage documents, such as conservation management strategies or heritage interpretation plans, for heritage buildings under threat or in exceptional circumstances. 

Owners and managers of these properties are invited and encouraged to apply for a grant. 

For enquiries, please contact Council at HeritageAssistanceFund@bmcc.nsw.gov.au or on 4780 5000.

Guidelines for applicants

Blue Mountains City Council and the NSW Government are jointly funding the Blue Mountains Local Heritage Assistance 2021/2022 and 2022/2023. The Fund provides dollar for dollar grant funding of up to $2,500 to support minor conservation works to heritage properties in the Blue Mountains Local Government Area.

The Blue Mountains Local Heritage Assistance Fund recognises the importance of conserving, protecting and caring for local heritage listed buildings within the Blue Mountains.

In the first stage of the 2 year program, 2021-22, funding was directed towards heritage buildings that are listed as local heritage items in the LEP. Priority will be given to minor conservation works to buildings that will provide a public benefit to the community, such as improvements to the enhance the building’s façade or exterior of the building. Consideration will also be given to the preparation of strategic heritage documents, such as conservation management strategies or heritage interpretation plans, for heritage buildings under threat or in exceptional circumstances.   

The list of local heritage items can be found in both Schedule 5 of the Blue Mountains LEP 2015 and Schedule 6 of the Blue Mountains LEP 2005 (some items are only listed in the 2005 document).

For enquiries, please contact Council at HeritageAssistanceFund@bmcc.nsw.gov.au or on 4780 5000. 

Previous grants - 2021/2022 

For the third year running, the Local Heritage Assistance Fund has successfully assisted Blue Mountains heritage property owners to look after their heritage buildings. Blue Mountains City Council and the NSW Government jointly funded the Blue Mountains Local Heritage Assistance Fund for 2021/2022.

Funding totalling $15,000 was distributed to seven property owners, for minor conservation works. This year’s fund was open to individually listed heritage items and also provided the opportunity for owners of publicly accessible properties to provide long-term care for their heritage properties, through the preparation of a heritage management document. 

The Blue Mountains Local Heritage Assistance Fund recognises the importance of conserving, protecting and caring for local heritage listed buildings within the Blue Mountains.

Future funding rounds

Council continues to work with the NSW Government to expand the Local Heritage Assistance Fund. Future funding opportunities will be listed on this page.

For enquiries, contact Council by email HeritageAssistanceFund@bmcc.nsw.gov.au or phone 02 4780 5000.