Victorian Heritage Register Places and Objects Fund

Applications are now open for the Victorian Heritage Register Places and Objects Fund.

On Friday 22 November 2013 the Minister for Planning Matthew Guy MP announced a new grants program, the Victorian Heritage Register Places and Objects Fund. The Victorian Government has provided funding for 2013-2015 of up to $2.7 million for grants which will be delivered by Victoria’s Heritage Restoration Fund (VHRF).

In support of this, VHRF has launched their new ebsite www.vhrf.com.au , an online portal where you can find out information about the various grants available, and how to make an application.

Victoria’s Heritage Restoration Fund is a partnership between the City of Melbourne, the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure (the Department), and the National Trust of Australia (Victoria). The Fund is administered by the National Trust of Australia (Victoria).

VHRF offers grants to restore eligible heritage places and objects. The grants are disbursed from a series of funds managed by VHRF, including: Melbourne Heritage Restoration Fund, Yarra Heritage Restoration Fund, and the Victorian Heritage Register Places and Objects Fund.

The funds are overseen by a Committee of Management comprising representatives of the City of Melbourne, the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure, the Municipal Association of Victoria and the National Trust of Australia (Victoria). VHRF was formerly known as the Melbourne Heritage Restoration Fund, which has successfully operated in Melbourne since 1988.

Publicly accessible places and objects included in the Victorian Heritage Register and owned/managed by community organisations and local governments can apply for a Victorian Heritage Register Places and Objects Fund grant. Grants ranging from $20,000 – $200,000 are available for heritage places and $5,000 – $20,000 for heritage objects.

For more information, or to make an application, visit the Victoria’s Heritage Restoration Fund www.vhrf.com.au

(Source: Royal Historical Society of Victoria – email 6 December 2013 - reprinted in Federation of Australian Historical Societies Inc Newsletter December 22 2013)

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