Built Heritage Incentive Fund

We want to contribute to safe and resilient buildings and maintain their heritage values.

How it works

The purpose of the Built Heritage Incentive Fund is to assist owners of heritage buildings to undertake conservation and seismic strengthening work where successful outcomes would be unlikely without assistance.

15% of the fund is reserved for conservation-specific work, whilst 85% is intended for work related to earthquake strengthening. Earthquake strengthening work can include:

  • an initial engineering report or assessment
  • the detailed design
  • a grant towards actual strengthening work.

The fund recognises the importance of conserving, restoring, protecting and caring for buildings on the Wellington City District Plan Heritage List (684KB PDF) or buildings that contribute to Heritage Areas (2.3MB PDF).

How to apply

The next funding round will open after June 2021 and will be published on the Funding Calendar. Please note that work for which funding is applied for cannot have started prior to the decision date.

Contact our Heritage Advisors on 04 499 4444 to discuss any projects you may be considering.

Criteria and the application process

Find information to help you submit an accurate and complete Built Heritage Incentive Fund application.

Applying for the Built Heritage Incentive Fund

Get a breakdown of how Built Heritage Incentive Fund applications are assessed, prioritised and allocated.

How we assess BHIF applications and allocate funding

Past projects we've supported

Find out about past allocations (264KB PDF) 

Learn about some of the projects we've contributed to.

BHIF funded projects

Apply for funding 

Go to Funding Portal


Other funding sources

Other sources of funding available for heritage properties include:

Contact us

Heritage team

Phone: 04 499 4444

Email: heritage@wcc.govt.nz

Phil Railton-Jacks, Funding and Process Advisor

Mobile: 021 515 514

Email: funding@wcc.govt.nz