National Heritage Preservation Incentive Fund

The National Heritage Preservation Incentive Fund, administered by Heritage New Zealand, provides financial incentives to encourage the conservation of nationally significant heritage places in private ownership.

New Regent Street, Christchurch
New Regent Street, Christchurch.
Image: Walgert 2012 Flickr.comexpand/collapse

Priority is given to heritage places of national significance which need conservation work and heritage places of national significance where conservation work is planned and could be improved through extra funding.

Who can apply for funding?

Any private owner whose heritage properties and conservation projects meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to apply to the fund. Public sector agencies (government departments, Crown entities, state-owned enterprises, regional councils, territorial authorities, local authority trading enterprises) and persons and agencies eligible for funding from the Lottery Grants Board (for example incorporated societies, charitable trusts, companies with charitable status) are not be eligible to apply to the fund. 

In the 2018 funding round, Heritage New Zealand particularly welcomes applications for

  • conservation of sites of significance to Maori
  • sites that support regional economic development, and 
  • applications that support seismic strengthening by ensuring provision of a seismic assessment by an appropriate professional.


What types of properties are eligible for funding?

With the exception of Historic Areas, any property in private ownership that is entered on the New Zealand Heritage List / Rārangi Kōrero (the List) is eligible to apply to the fund.  

Any property that has been notified for listing is eligible to apply to the Fund, with the exception of Category 2 historic places.

An application for funding can be made for a place within the boundary of a historic area that is listed on the List if that place contributes to the area’s heritage values and it can be demonstrated that the place could satisfy the requirements for entry on the New Zealand Heritage List as a Category 1 historic place.

Please contact your nearest Heritage New Zealand office for advice if you are unsure about the heritage significance of your property or its eligibility for funding. 


What types of projects are eligible for funding?

The following conservation projects are eligible for application to the fund:

  • Stabilisation, repair or restoration relating to historic buildings or structures (eg. repairs to masonry, joinery, plaster or glazing, earthquake strengthening or fire protection);
  • Conservation work relating to land or archaeological sites (eg. site stabilisation, repair, vegetation management or fencing);
  • Professional services (eg. research, condition reports, conservation plans, conservation work specifications, management plans or supervision of work).

What types of projects are NOT eligible for funding?

The following projects are not eligible for application to the fund:

  • Construction of new buildings or structures not for the purpose of preserving heritage values;
  • Additions, extensions, facilities or amenities of existing buildings;
  • Reconstruction or replicas of missing buildings or structures;
  • Removal, relocation or demolition of buildings or structures;
  • Insurance, debt repayments or re-financing costs;
  • Purchase of land or buildings;
  • Purchase or conservation of portable heritage objects;
  • Purchase of construction machinery or tradespersons' equipment;
  • Heritage conservation projects that have already been completed;
  • Work that has already received Crown funding.

How much and what type of assistance is available?

Assistance is in the form of grants.  The fund will pay no more than 50% of the cost of conservation work in any particular case, and individual grants will not normally be greater than $100,000.

Applications - how and when can I apply for funding?

Applications must be made on the appropriate form provided by Heritage New Zealand and sent with all required supporting material to the nearest Heritage New Zealand office.   Keep an eye on this website for the deadline for applications - it will generally be once a year. 

Application forms

The application form for the Fund (pdf, 514kb) may be downloaded from this website as a writeable pdf form.  You may complete the form by typing directly into it, and save to your own computer for printing and/or emailing. It is also available in Word format (415kb). 

Please note that the form cannot be completed and sent on-line from this website.  Make sure you include all relevant documentation when you send in your application form.   

How will my application be assessed?

All applications will be assessed by Heritage New Zealand on the basis of a set of criteria including extent of national significance, extent of public benefit, level of urgency of work, level of conservation standards proposed, and cost effectiveness. Additional criteria used for assessment include value for money in the national public interest, geographic spread and the types of heritage to be conserved.  Priorities for funding will be set each year and these will be published on this website.

Allocation of funding is made by the Board of Heritage New Zealand. 


How and when is funding paid out?

Once funding is approved, a contract will be signed between Heritage New Zealand and the owner of the heritage property specifying the conservation work to be funded and the applicable conditions.

Conditions may include the establishment of a heritage covenant, or other guarantees that the property will be protected from damage, demolition or destruction. Other conditions will include compliance with all statutory requirements, availability of the property for inspection of the conservation work, agreed completion dates, and public reporting of the project.

Grants from the fund may be made in instalments, and the final payment will normally be made after certification, following final inspection, that the agreed conservation work has been completed.


Further information

For further information on applying to the fund, contact your nearest Heritage New Zealand office.

Northland Area Office -for applications from Northland
Northern Regional Office - for applications from Auckland, Hauraki, Thames/ Coromandel
Lower Northern Area Office - for applications from Bay of Plenty, Waikato, Gisborne
Tira Pouhere Taonga - for applications concerning Maori heritage, c/- Heritage New Zealand's National Office
Central Regional Office - for applications from lower North Island, including Taranaki, and from Nelson-Marlborough
Southern Regional Office - for applications from Canterbury, West Coast
Otago/Southland Area Office - for applications from Otago, Southland.

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