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Selwyn Heritage Fund 2018

The Selwyn Heritage Fund for 2018 is now closed for applications.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact the Duty Planner on 03 347-2868 or Darfield 03 318-8338, or email to

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 2017 - Successful Applicants

$ allocated

Grassmere Station Homestead Painting of the exterior and roof $1,250
Stables Building Homebush Engineers report $7,000
St Paul's, West Melton Engineers report $1,450
William Street Window repairs and replacements $1,400
Greenpark War Memorial Relocate memorial $4,000
Greycliff Tai Tapu Repair to exterior wall $200
Tai Tapu Library Exterior Lightening $4,000
St Paul's, Tai Tapu Spire repairs and new gates $4,000
John Wessley Church, Taumutu      Painting the interior and exterior $3,250
St Marks, Sedgemere Exterior repairs $700
St James, Southbridge Repairs and painting  $1,200
S Johns Anglican Church, Leeston Repairs $1,250
Ellesmere Brass Band Hall Exterior repairs $500
Osbourne Park Memorial Gates Painting of the gates $150
St Lukes Exterior repairs $1,000
Cream Can Corner, RollestonCreate a Historic display$1,000
All Saints Church, PrebbletonReplacing and repairing the rose window$1,800
Darfield SchoolPruning heritage trees $350
Edward streetPruning heritage trees$500
Tai Tapu SchoolPruning and removal of heritage trees$4,000
St David's Church, LeestonPruning of heritage trees$1,000

What is Heritage?

For more details about applying, please phone the Duty Planner on:
Phone (03) 347-2868 or (03) 318-8338