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 2021, the Fund increased and will now have a total of $15,000 to award, and individual grants will now be up to $2,500 each.

2021/2022 applications

Applications are now open!
•    Application Form: Local Heritage Assistance Fund 
•    Fact Sheet: Local Heritage Assistance Fund 
•    Blue Mountains LEP 2015 
•    Blue Mountains LEP 2005 

This new round of grants, which apply to the 2021/22 financial year, will direct funding towards heritage buildings that are listed as local heritage items 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 improvements to 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. 

Owners and managers of these properties are invited and encouraged to apply for a grant. Applications close Friday 15 October, 2021.

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 is 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).

Applications will close on Friday, 15 October 2021.

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

Previous grants - 2020/2021 

Blue Mountains City Council and the NSW Government jointly funded the Blue Mountains Local Heritage Assistance Fund for 2019–2021. The Fund provided dollar for dollar grant funding of up to $2,000 to support minor conservation works to heritage properties in the Blue Mountains Local Government Area.

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

Funding was directed towards contributory buildings; or significant buildings that contribute towards the streetscape values in Heritage Conservation Areas. 

Contributory buildings make an important contribution to the character and significance of a heritage conservation area, for example they may have been built during a key development period, or have contributory aesthetic or representative values.

With the assistance of the Fund, private heritage property owners in the Blue Mountains will undertake over $73,000 worth of conservation works during 2019-2021.

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.