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Heritage and conservation

Heritage and Conservation

Heritage and Conservation grants can help organisations to conserve, protect, explain and share various aspects of our heritage. Heritage and conservation grants fall into four areas: conservation of natural heritage, conservation of cultural heritage, interpretation of cultural heritage and community histories.

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What we can support

Conservation of natural heritage
Grants are provided to conserve natural habitats and maintain the diversity of animal and plant species. A Lotterywest grant may support planting, fencing, marketing material, conservation equipment and control activities.

Conservation of cultural heritage
Grants are provided for conservation work on places or objects of significant heritage value.  A Lotterywest grant may support conservation plans, ‘moveable’ museum items, and building preservation for broader community use.

Interpretation of cultural heritage
Grants are provided to explain and help us to understand more about ourselves and our environment. A Lotterywest grant may support interpretive signage, publications, an education program and interpretation plans.

Community histories
Grants are provided to help people or a community record and share their history. A Lotterywest grant may support an oral history, Aboriginal language preservation, a community history or significant historical event.

What we look for

  • Community benefit and significance
  • Community access and support
  • Skills and capability to carry out the project
  • Planning and project management
  • Adherence to conservation practices and standards
  • Consultation with stakeholders
  • Consent under the Aboriginal Heritage Act (if works may impact on an Aboriginal heritage site)

Documents we need

  • A completed Lotterywest Grant Application Form
  • Your organisation’s latest Annual Report (If you don’t have one, your AGM minutes and the most recent audited financial statements
  • A copy of your Constitution if you are a not-for-profit organisation
  • Two written quotes for items over $3,000; a written estimate, advertised price, or one written quote for items under $3,000 (low value, miscellaneous items can be grouped together to $1,000)
  • A project plan and budget
  • If your group is unincorporated, there are other things we need. Please refer to what we need

Additional and grant specific documentation is also required:

Conservation of Natural heritage

  • A catchment management plan (if relevant)

Conservation of cultural heritage

  • Evidence of significance and urgency (such as digital photos)
  • Confirmation that a recognised practitioner is involved
  • Details of after treatment care and a collection management system

Interpretation of cultural heritage

  • An interpretation plan (which may include a site plan, floor plans, furniture designs, and how conservation and environmental issues will be addressed)
  • Details of a collection management policy (where relevant)
  • A consultant’s brief (if your application includes the preparation of an interpretation plan)

Community histories

  • A draft manuscript and plan for the materials preservation and archiving (if relevant)
  • Evidence of support from the local government authority (if relevant)

Further resources

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