When assessing an application we consider:
- the heritage value of the building, including whether this is on the Wellington City District Plan Heritage List and the Heritage New Zealand list
- the risk of the heritage value diminishing if funding is not granted
- confidence in the quality of the proposed work
- confidence that the project costs are as accurate as possible and the building owner is willing to, and financially capable of, proceeding with the project
- whether the building owner has sufficient resources, or has access to funding through company affiliations, and could proceed with the project without additional financial assistance
- whether the project has received funds from other public grants
- whether the project is visible and/or accessible to the public
- if the project will provide a benefit to the community.
For conservation projects we prioritise:
- the completion or updating of a conservation plan.
For seismic strengthening projects we prioritise:
- buildings on the MBIE’s Earthquake-prone building list
- buildings approaching the expiry date of their s124 Notice under the Building Act 2004
- projects which strengthen more than one attached building
- buildings which have not as yet commenced assessment or detailed design works.
When allocating funding we consider:
- the value of the funding request
- the value of the funding request when considered against the total project cost
- parity with similar projects in previous rounds
- equitable distribution in the current round
- the amount of funding available for allocation.