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Cultural heritage projects, plans and reports Lottery Environment and Heritage Te Tahua Taiao ngā Taonga Tuku Iho

What we may fund

Lottery Environment and Heritage makes grants to:

  • protect collections that are at risk of being damaged or lost
  • projects that will make collections easier for people to access and enjoy
  • projects to tell our stories, and especially for young people to learn about and experience our cultural heritage
  • projects that conserve or protect moveable cultural property, such as photographs, paintings, furniture and other artefacts
  • prepare plans, studies or reports that will help achieve cultural heritage projects.

The Lottery Environment and Heritage Committee is more likely to fund requests with or for conservation or restoration plans that accord with the ICOMOS New Zealand Charter for the Conservation of Places of Cultural Heritage Value.

One-off projects

The following types of cultural heritage projects may be funded:

  • building of museums, art galleries or archive facilities
  •  redevelopment or upgrades of museums, art galleries or archive facilities
  • setting up education centres for young people within existing museums
  • building of memorials for events or people that are important to our history
  • conservation of moveable cultural property, such as photographs; paintings, furniture and artefacts
  • researching, writing and publishing projects that have local, regional or national significance
  • oral history projects that use the National Oral History Association of New Zealand's code of ethical and technical practice
  • developing heritage trails development, with information provided online, on panels and printed materials
  • exhibition materials that help people to understand a collection
  • archiving and converting records to a digital form
  • buying art or other important objects (only if the object is of national importance and the purchase will make sure it stays or is returned to New Zealand)
  • any other projects which meets cultural heritage priorities and outcomes of this fund.

Notes and other requirements:

  • Your grant request needs to show you can provide at least one-third of the total project cost. If this partnership funding requirement is not met by the closing date, a grant is unlikely to be made.
  • You must provide a project plan and timeline, and if your project involves construction, provide simple concept drawings or floor plans.
  • Any resource consent needed for your project must be in place before requesting a grant.
  • Any plans, studies or reports you use to support your grant request must be by a person or organisation separate from your organisation and show they have the right experience and qualifications for their expert views.
  • Requests may include the costs of managing projects, such as employing a suitably qualified, independent project manager, or the costs of running the project.
  • For building projects, requests may include architects’ fees to supervise the project and the costs of estimating and pricing the materials.
  • As well as the project budget and any other extra supporting documents required, if requesting a grant of: 
    • less than $250,000, you need to provide three written quotes (or explain in writing why this isn’t possible)
    • $250,000 or more, you need to provide:
        • a feasibility study for the project,
        • a quantity surveyor's report or a signed contract or three written quotes.
  • If your project requires resource consent, this must be approved before you request a grant, as must any other consents, permits, licences, advertisements or notifications required for projects such as pest eradication.

Plans, feasibility studies and reports

We also fund the preparation of plans, studies and reports for cultural heritage projects. This may include conservation plans, or feasibility studies to work out if a cultural heritage project can be done and be sustained over time. This may include:

As a minimum, a conservation plan will:

  • investigate and research the history of the land, building or object
  • assess the aesthetic, scientific, social and/or historical significance or value
  • discuss the conservation policy and other factors
  • recommend action with regard to the conservation work and repair work required to implement the conservation policy.

Fire protection reports

A conservation architect or an advisor from Heritage New Zealand must be consulted on the design and installation of fire protection systems in heritage buildings. You must provide a letter from them with any grant request for fire protection reports or installation projects.

Notes and other requirements:

    • Requests for grants for plans, studies or reports must be for work to be done by a person or organisation separate from the organisation requesting the grant, and show they have the right experience and qualifications for the type of plan, study or report to be provided.
    • Requests for grants for plans, studies and reports do not need to show you have partnership funding, but must include a written quote for the work to be done.
    • Requests for grants for plans, studies or reports must not be made at the same time as a grant request for the project they relate to.
    • A grant made for a plan, study or report does not mean we agree to fund the project or plan it relates to.
    • Refer to What Lottery Environment and Heritage does not fund for costs that are not funded for plans, studies or reports.

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