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Selwyn Heritage Fund 2022 - Applications opening in June

Applications for the Selwyn Heritage Fund 2022 will open from 1 June to 15 July 2022.

To apply fill out the form [PDF, 151 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 2021 - Successful Applicants

$ allocated

Katrina Mohi Miners Cottage, Glentunnel - Exterior repairs,repiling $1,500
John & Juliet Angland 2 Chapman St, Leeston - Roof repairs $2,000
Simonetta Ferrari Gunyah Homestead - Exterior repairs $3,500
Kate Foster Terrace Station Woolshed - Roof repairs $3,600
Mr & Mrs Gill-Smith Strathlachlan Stables - Reinstate stable floor $4,000
Peter Black Sutton Royal, Springston - Exterior repairs $4,000
Sue Wragg South Malvern School - Exterior repairs $1,500
Mark Buckley Birks Electric Cottage - Paint roof $100
Helen McArthur Steventon Homestead - Reconstruct rear wall $1,200
Malvern Co-operating Parish Lychgate Trinity Church - Repair & replace shingles $2,500
Ellesmere Brass Band Hall - Exterior painting $1,000
Annalisa Dennehy Bangor Homestead/Stables - Replace roof/tree maintenance $2,500
Jennifer Barrer Tunnelers Cottage Arthurs Pass - Interior/exterior repairs $4,500
Springston South Soldiers Memorial Hall Replace spouting/signage $600
Greendale Community Trust TW Adams Sod Cottage – Build shelter for remains $4,000
Ellesmere Heritage Park Carroll Cottage Leeston - Landscaping/fencing $1,500
Tai Tapu School Maintenance of trees $2,000

Other Funding Available

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.

Lottery Environment and Heritage Grant Fund

This fund provides grants for plans, reports and one-off projects that will protect, conserve and promote New Zealand’s natural, cultural and physical heritage.

  • Natural heritage projects promote, protect and/or keep our native plants (flora) and animal life (fauna) safe from harm
  • Physical heritage projects restore, protect and/or conserve places, structures and large built objects that are important to our history
  • Cultural heritage projects conserve, protect and/or promote collections and stories that are important to our cultural heritage and identity.

Lottery Environment and Heritage Committee

What is Heritage?