Heritage & conservation

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

What we can support

Conservation of natural heritage:

  • Support to conserve natural habitats and maintain the diversity of animal and plant species
  • Support planting, fencing, marketing material, conservation equipment and control activities

Conservation of cultural heritage:

  • Support conservation work on places or objects of significant heritage value  
  • Support conservation plans, ‘movable’ museum items, and building preservation for broader community use

Interpretation of cultural heritage:

  • To explain and help us to understand more about ourselves and our environment
  • Support interpretive signage, publications, an education program and interpretation plans

Community histories:

  • To help people or a community record and share their history
  • Support an oral history, Aboriginal language preservation, a community history or significant historical event

What we’re looking 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)

What we need from you

  • A completed Lotterywest grant application
  • 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

We also need additional information about your organisation. Find out more in our getting started section.

Additional and grant specific documentation is also required for the following:

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)


For a comprehensive list of tools and resources to guide you through the application process, visit the how to apply page.

Approved grants list

Use the table below to view Lotterywest grants approved in the last year, and find out more about what’s being supported in your community.

Click the column headers to filter results, or type a keyword into the search box to find specific results.

REQ. NO. REQ COMMISS HEAR DATE Date Recipient Subprogram Desc Purpose AGENDA SUM PUBLICATION Amount Suburb Postcode Region Name Location LGA Name

Frequently Asked Questions

How much can I ask for?

We accept applications from $1,000 upwards. Please don't under or over estimate your request. Apply for the amount that will serve the need properly.

  • There are limits for unincorporated groups and organisations not GST registered. The limit is a combined total of up to $15,000 for each financial year.
How long is the process?

If your application is complete when you submit it to us, it will generally take three months to progress to the Lotterywest Board for consideration. If your request is more complex, or there are aspects of your application that are outstanding or need development, it can take longer. Please factor in these timeframes for funding your event or project. We will let you know as soon as possible if your application is not eligible for Lotterywest support, not ready to progress or hasn’t provided enough time for us to assess it before you need an outcome.

How much information should I provide?

There's no limit to the amount of information you can provide, although we encourage you to only provide the necessary level of detail.

Which grant type do I apply for?

Our range of grant types (below) gives you an idea of what Lotterywest can support and what they cover. If your idea doesn't fit one of these categories or your request covers more than one grant type, please contact us.

Should I engage a consultant?

Whether you are developing a strategic, business or marketing plan, conducting a training review, planning your information and communications technology needs or designing a community facility - engaging a consultant may help in the following circumstances:

  • If you need expert advice
  • When you don't have enough people to do the work
  • If attempts to do something internally haven't worked
  • To help move past internal differences of opinion
  • When you need a fresh view
  • To challenge your organisation’s culture and assumptions

Choose a consultant who is recommended by others and has a proven track record in providing relevant, high quality advice. They should also have the ability to offer fresh ideas and someone who understands your organisation, its work and values so that they may add value by sharing and building skills with your staff.

We can help with the cost of engaging a consultant, for details please refer to our organisational development grants. You may also want to explore options for pro bono (free) or discounted consultancy support.

We’ve developed a Directory of Consultants to help you look for consultancy support to suit your project. The Lotterywest Directory of Consultants provides details of consultants, together with referees, who’ve provided services to other community organisations and/or local government authorities in a range of areas.

The inclusion of a consultant in the Directory is not an endorsement of their work by Lotterywest. It is up to you to do your own research to decide whether a consultant is suitable for your project. You do not need to use the services of one of these consultants for your project to be supported. We welcome your feedback to help us keep the Directory current and useful.

Other helpful tips:

  • Don’t hire a consultant to justify a decision that has already been made
  • Make sure everyone in your organisation understands what the consultant is doing and what will be provided
  • Provide a clear written brief to the consultant before engaging them outlining what you want done and why
  • Make sure you agree what you want the consultant to deliver, together with a defined timeframe
  • Check the contract before you sign and engage the consultant
  • Be prepared to modify the contract if circumstances change
  • Use the contract as a reference point to make sure you receive what you have agreed before making a final payment

Common Use Agreements (CUAs) are whole-of-government standing offers. They are awarded to a single or panel of suppliers to provide goods or services commonly used by government agencies. Western Australian public authorities, other government entities, local government authorities and registered Public Benevolent Institutions can buy from CUA suppliers. Your organisation may be in a position to benefit from CUA arrangements. Find out more at Contracts WA.

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