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The 2017 Selwyn Heritage Fund Is Now Closed.

The Selwyn Heritage Fund has officially closed for 2017. The Selwyn Heritage Fund for 2017 was open for applications from Monday 11 September 2017, and closed on Friday 20 October 2017. The panel will meet at the end of November 2017 to assess the applications, and all applicants will be updated once the panel has decided which projects have been successful.

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 2016 - Successful Applicants

$ allocated

Gunyah House, Glenroy Window repairs. $1200
House No 1, Chapman Street, Leeston Replace chimney. $5,000
Miners Cottage, Glentunnel Refurbishing. $3,000
St George's Anglican Church, Kirwee Refurbishment of the bell tower. $350
Orange Lodge, Southbridge Repairs. $1600
Tod Cottage, Lincoln Re-roofing. $2,500
Tai Tapu School Pruning heritage oak trees. $2,500
Brick Stables, Glentunnel Strengthening work. $2,000
Heritage Monterey Cypress, Sandy Knolls Pruning. $1,000
Mary's Cottage, Southbridge Relocation of building. $8,500
Grey Cliffe House, Tai Tapu Stone refacing.  $500
St John, the Evangelist Catholic Church, Leeston Reconstruction of brick fence $5,550
St Lukes Anglican Church, Brookside Repairs to stain $5,000
Vivaldi Lane, Rolleston Removal of heritage tree $700
Mill House, Leeston Re-roofing $1,000

What is Heritage?

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

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