I encourage all local heritage item owners and managers to apply for a NSW Government local “Heritage Activation Grant” to rejuvenate local heritage places.

$2.67 million of funding will be available each financial year for three years to owners and managers of local heritage items through the program.

Heritage Activation Grants” are open to owners and managers of heritage items listed on their council’s local heritage registers. These items have already had their heritage values assessed and we want to provide ways of making it easier to open these spaces to the community.

Heritage Activation Grants provide funding for local government, businesses and community organisations to reactivate and animate local heritage spaces to preserve their heritage significance.

The grants, which are part of the Heritage Near Me program, will open more heritage spaces to communities across the state.

Under the Heritage Near Me program, the government will also fund a heritage roadshow team of experts and a series of grants, including the Heritage Activation Grants, the Local Heritage Grants and Heritage Green Energy Grants.

Heritage Minister Mark Speakman said the $8 million program aimed to bring local heritage back to life. “Local communities know their local heritage better than anyone,” Mr Speakman said. “This program will support communities in their efforts to conserve and celebrate their stories, places and values.”

Applications close on Monday, 27 June.

For more information on Heritage Activation Grant program and the Heritage Near Me program, visit: http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/Heritage/heritage-near-me-incentives.htm.