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Selwyn Heritage Fund 2021- Applications opening in June

Applications for the Selwyn Heritage Fund 2021 will open from 1 June to 13 July.

To apply fill out the form [PDF, 111 KB] and send it to

If you have any questions about this process, please contact the Council on 0800 SELWYN (735 996), or email

About the Fund

Who can apply for funding?

The fund is open to residents and ratepayers of the Selwyn district and is administered by the Selwyn District Council via a nominated panel.

What is the fund for?

The purpose of the fund is to encourage and assist owners with work required to maintain and enhance heritage buildings in the District as well as work required on protected trees.

What is a heritage item?

The Selwyn District Plan has a list of buildings, trees and other structures, such as war memorials, listed as being important to the community and are therefore protected.
Often repairs to heritage items are more costly to repair and like materials are now not readily available.

When is the fund open?

The Selwyn Heritage Fund will open for approximately 6 weeks usually in the middle of the year. Late applications will not be considered.

How much funding can I apply for?

It is a contestable fund that is distributed among successful applicants as grants (anywhere from $500-$7,500). Funds usually cover part of the work to be done with applicants making up the difference. Payment is made upon receipt of the work being done.

Who administers the fund?

Selwyn District Council has appointed a panel made up of two Councillors, a heritage architect, two heritage advisers and a Council staff member to assess the applications and decide which projects to fund.

Facts about the fund:

  • Funding is given as a grant, which is paid once the physical work has been completed.
  • Grants can be anywhere from $500 to $7,500 and will only cover part of the cost of the project.
  • The fund is open for applications once a year.
  • You need to obtain quotes for your project prior to submitting your application.
  • The project you undertake should be maintaining or enhancing the heritage character of your building. New kitchens or bathrooms don't count.
  • You can apply to get assistance with arborist work on listed protected trees.

What kind of projects can be funded?

Previous successful applicants have received grants for:

  • Fireplace restoration
  • Brickwork
  • Roof and guttering repairs
  • Enhancement to heritage features
  • Window and glass replacement

Protected Trees are also covered by the fund.

Note: Success in gaining funding depends on the applications received year to year, not just on the type of project.

Selwyn Heritage Fund 2020 - Successful Applicants

$ allocated

James MortonThe Gables – Repair of windows or replacement   $3000
Simonetta Ferrari Gunyah – repairs to verandah $6000
Mr Smith and Mrs Gill-Smith Barn Building, Strathlachlan Stables – replacement of barn stairs with replica stairs $3,500
Mr Crispin Deans Homebush Water Turbine – works to repair water turbine $10,000
Mr Alastair Nicol Halkett Church – Trimming of trees $520
Mr and Mrs McPherson Lakeside House – Replace windows with similar/replica windows $2000
Tai Tapu School Maintenance of trees $1980
Ellesmere Heritage Park Carroll Cottage – installing wiring to cottage $2000
Mr Adrian Beever Tod Cottage – Renovate veranda $2000
Crown Capital Corporation Limited Grasmere Station Homestead – Repairs to two fireplace/chimneys $1000
Mr and Mrs Rogers Old Barn at Grey Cliffs Cottage – Repairs to old barn structure  $2000
Mr and Mrs Angland      2 Chapman Street, Leeston – Repairs to weatherboards $6000
Ms Begg St George’s Anglican Church, Kirwee – replacement and repainting of external walls $5,000
Ms Wragg Former South Malvern School – repairs to brick chimneys $2000

Other Funding Available

Heritage EQUIP is an earthquake upgrade incentive programme administered by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.  If you are required to undertake earthquake strengthening on your heritage building, Heritage EQUIP have funding available for both obtaining professional advice and undertaking earthquake strengthening work.  Find out more at

The 'National Heritage Preservation Incentive Fund' that is managed by Heritage New Zealand. This can provide funding up to $100,000.00 at up to 50% of the cost of works. Funding is available to owners of privately owned buildings on the NZ Heritage List.

What is Heritage?