Built Heritage Incentive Fund

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

We are currently reviewing the Built Heritage Incentive Fund criteria to ensure that funding will be directed towards the best outcomes for heritage buildings, including earthquake prone buildings. Once the review is completed we will know when the next round of funding the will be open. Check the funding calendar for up-to-date information on opening and closing dates.

In the meantime, please contact our Heritage Advisor, Eva Forster-Garbutt on 04 499 4444 to discuss any projects you may be considering.

How to apply for funding

Find out if you’re eligible and how the application process works.

How we can help

The Council's Built Heritage Incentive Fund helps owners maintain their heritage building. 

The fund recognises the importance of conserving, restoring, protecting and caring for buildings in the Wellington City District Plan Heritage List (684KB PDF) or Heritage Areas (2.3MB PDF).  You can search for buildings by using the Councils online Wellington Heritage database

What the fund can help with and how to apply

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

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

    The proposed work should maintain or enhance the building's heritage values. You can find out past allocations (73KB PDF) and read about some projects we’ve contributed to.

    Heritage advice

    Heritage advisors are happy to:

    • answer questions about the fund
    • advise if it will meet the criteria
    • advise you of your building’s heritage significance.

    Other funding sources

    Other sources of funding available for heritage properties are:

    More information

    Funding team

    Phone  (04) 803 8562 
     Email  funding@wcc.govt.nz

    Heritage team

    Eva Foster-Garbutt, Senior Heritage Advisor

     Phone  (04) 499 4444
     Email  eva.forster-garbutt@wcc.govt.nz