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Physical heritage projects, plans and reports

What we may fund

Lottery Environment and Heritage makes grants for:

  • projects to restore, conserve and/or protect places, structures and large built objects
  • projects to tell the stories of places, structures and large built objects, or make them easier for people to visit
  • preparing plans, studies or reports that will help to achieve physical heritage projects and make sure they can last a long time.

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

One-off projects

The following types of project to restore and/or protect buildings, structures and large built objects may be funded:

  • projects that protect buildings, structures or large built objects to make sure they will last in the future
  • projects that identify and protect wāhi tapu or archaeological sites
  • building purchases that will help preserve or protect New Zealand’s heritage (with a study completed to show the purchase is practical)
  • building memorials for events or people that are important to our history
  • other projects that meet the physical heritage purpose and priorities of this fund.

Notes and other requirements:

  • Your grant request for a project needs to show you can provide at least one-third of the total project cost. If you don’t meet this partnership funding requirement by the closing date, the grant is unlikely to be made.
  • You must provide a project plan and timeline and, if your project involves construction, you need to submit simple concept drawings or floor plans.
  • 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 architect’s fees for supervising a building project, or the costs of estimating and pricing the materials.
  • If your project requires resource consent, this must be approved before you request a grant.
  • If your project is for a wāhi tapu site, you must provide confirmation of appropriate hapū, whānau and/or iwi authority to carry out your project.

As well as the project budget and any other extra documents required, if requesting a grant of:

  • less than $250,000, you need to provide three written quotes (or explain in writing why you can’t do this)
  • $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.

Plans, studies and reports

We also fund the costs of preparing plans, feasibility studies and reports for physical heritage projects. This may include plans for restoring or protecting a place, structure or built object or for feasibility studies to work out if a physical heritage project can be done and be sustained over time.  This may include:

For archaeological or wāhi tapu sites, the conservation plan or report must be prepared by an archaeologist, and include input from the local hapū, whānau and/or iwi with authority over the site as well as the owner of the site.

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.

A conservation plan must:

  • provide information about the history of the land, building or object
  • set out the artistic, scientific, social and/or historical importance or value
  • define the conservation policy and any other issues to be taken into account
  • recommend the work needed to protect and repair, to put the conservation policy in place.

Notes and other requirements:

Requests for grants for plans, studies or reports must be for work to 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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