Community grants for heritage restoration projects have been doubled thanks to a partnership between the City of Ballarat and the Victoria’s Heritage Restoration Fund (VHRF).Previously known as the City of Ballarat Preserving Our Heritage Together Grants Program, the Ballarat Heritage Restoration Fund provides a new and improved grants program for the Ballarat community.
The fund provides financial assistance for conservation works to places of identified heritage significance within the City of Ballarat.
Through the Ballarat Heritage Restoration Fund $300,000 will be offered over three years, with two funding rounds each financial year.
Eligible places are those privately-owned and protected under a heritage overlay in the City of Ballarat, and must conserve the overall significance of the place and involve works that are visible from a public place.
(Applications are accepted all year and will be assessed twice yearly)
VHRF has representation from the National Trust, the City of Melbourne, the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure and regional councils including City of Ballarat. It is an independent organisation established to deliver effective and efficient heritage grant programs. It delivers heritage grant programs for City of Melbourne, City of Yarra, City of Ballarat and the Victorian Government. The Administrator for VHRF is the National Trust of Australia (Vic).
For further information, please contact VHRF Administrator on (03) 9656 9870 or email email@example.com.
2012/2013 Heritage Grant recipient 201 Mair Street, Ballarat
Works to restore physical elements (based on historic evidence);
Works that ensure the physical security of significant elements of the place.
Loan applications for the following are discouraged:
Works to improve appearance that do not require a planning permit under the heritage overlay;
Routine maintenance/works that are considered to be for the general upkeep of any property.
Low Interest Restoration Loans
The City of Ballarat administers a low interest loan scheme which provides funds for the restoration and repair of heritage places in the City of Ballarat.
The type of works eligible for funding under the loan scheme fall into two categories:
Works that enhance the appearance of the place. eg reconstruction of a front verandah or fence, external repainting in heritage colours (where a planning permit for this is required), restoration of interiors that will be seen by the community.
Works that repair and maintain the place so that it stays in existence. eg. restumping, rewiring, recladding the roof or walls, chimney repairs and drainage.
How much can you borrow?
There is no set limit to the amount which can be borrowed, however, as demand for funds is high and the amount of money within the restoration fund is limited, loans are generally in the order of $5,000 to $20,000.
All loans will require Council approval and must be secured via a bank guarantee. Applicants are responsible for any costs associated with obtaining a bank guarantee and we strongly suggest that potential applicants contact their bank to identify fees and charges prior to applying for a Heritage Loan.
What are the interest rates and repayment periods?
Interest rates have been reduced to allow for bank guarantees. Rates are: 0% - Residential 1.5% - Commercial and other non residential
(A default interest rate of 5% is to apply retrospectively to any loans in arrears)
Current repayment periods are: < $1,000 1 year $1,000 - $5,000 2 years $5,000 - $20,000 4 years > $20,000 By negotiation
How do you make an application?
Applications are open all year. A series of assessments will be undertaken before a loan application can be approved. The applications will be assessed internally before being considered by the Management Subcommittee. The Management Subcommittee will make recommendations to the Ballarat Heritage Advisory Committee who will then make a decision whether or not to forward the application to Council for final approval. This process is expected to take approximately 2-3 months. Works must not begin prior to loan approval.
What information do I need?
You will need to ask Council’s Building Department and Statutory Planning Department if permits are required as it depends on the type of works you intend doing, the location and heritage status of your property. All required permits must be approved prior to transfer of funds. Applicants are responsible for any costs associated with obtaining building and planning permits and we strongly suggest that you contact the Building & Statutory Planning Departments at the City of Ballarat to identify the costs involved in obtaining any required permits prior to applying for a Heritage Loan.
Applications should also be supported by:
good quality photographs of your property and its streetscape;
Minimum of 2 quotations for the work proposed (In the case of loan applications for painting, quotes should be based on an individual paint specification. Haymes Paint, Ballarat or Conroy's Paint in Skipton St, Ballarat can provide this service);
a brief description of the proposed works and your contact details.
Things to remember, Heritage Restoration Loans:
Provide funds for the restoration and repair of heritage places in the City of Ballarat
Require Council approval and must be secured via a bank guarantee that is paid for by the applicant. We strongly suggest that potential applicants contact their bank to identify fees and charges prior to applying for a Heritage Loan
Require a series of assessments to be undertaken before a loan application can be approved, including an inspection by a Council Officer
Require planning or building approval before release of funds. We strongly suggest that potential applicants contact Council’s Building & Statutory Planning Departments to identify any permits required and associated costs
Requires thorough application information and quotes to be provided
Necessitates follow up visits and photographs at 0%, 50% and 100% completion which may be used to promote the Heritage Loans Scheme
Applicants should read the Terms & Conditions, Information Sheet, Flowchart and Heritage Loan Application form
Roma Consulting (Taylor and Stirling), Commercial 22 Sturt Street, Ballarat Reinstate 1850s timber balcony to Sturt Street façade. Total grant: $20,000
Mainbar Pizza, Commercial 22-28 Main Road, Ballarat Conservation of the original cast iron posts from verandah of 28 Main Rd, Ballarat. Total grant: $3,500
Buninyong Joint Library Trust, Not-for-Profit 408 Warrenheip Street, Buninyong Repairs/replacement to damaged timbers and external painting of library. Total grant: $3,500
Ballarat Tramway Museum, Not-for-Profit Ballarat Botanical Gardens Contribution towards the reconstruction of Ballarat Electric Supply Company of Victoria (ESCo) Tramcar No. 12 Total grant: $5,000
Residential / Private projects grants
92 Albert St, Sebastopol Repairs to front masonry fence. Total grant: $5,000 (Came under budget. Received $1650)
506 Grant Street, Golden Point Restoration to front façade of original church including finial, fascia, decorative timberwork and exposure of original timber arch windows. Total grant: $5,000
112 Seymour Street, Soldiers Hill Replace verandah roof and water goods. Total grant : $2,500
301 Grant Street, Golden Point Restoration of brickwork on parapet. Total grant: $5,000
417 Ligar Street, Soldiers Hill Contribution towards reinstatement of verandah. Total grant: $1,500
11 Brawn Avenue, Ballarat Repoint brickwork. Total grant: $850
405 Gregory Street, Soldiers Hill Repair chimneys. Repair/replace 3 windows. Total grant: $3,150
201 Johns Street, Ballarat East Reinstate picket fence and gate and remoce concrete verandah floor. Total grant: $2,000
2012/2013 Heritage Grants
Commercial and Not-for-Profit projects
Old Colonists Association, Not-for-Profit Replace timber flooring and joists in Heritage Verandah erected in 1901. Total grant: $15,000
Regent Hotel, Commercial 201 Mair Street, Ballarat Re-instate two-storey verandah as per original and contribution towards cost of moving traffic signals lanterns to enable construction (costing owner $80,000). Total grant: $20,000
Residential / Private project grants
197 Albert Street, Sebastopol Re-pointing of the basalt block back to its original state. Total grant: $3,000
122 Victoria Street, Ballarat East Remove aluminium cladding, replace aluminium windows and reinstate all period features. Total grant: $3,000
329 High Street, Learmonth Conservation works to old police cells and stables. Total grant: $3,000
406 Windemere Street South, Ballarat Central Reinstate wooden deck / verandah, fret work, timber and wire fence / gates. Total grant: $2,500
19 Nightingale Street, Newington New windows, repair brickwork, replace front fence. Total grant: $2,500
434 Creswick Road, Ballarat Central Dismantle and relay brickwork. Improve underfloor ventilation. Replace timber veranda decking. Total grant: $2,000
611 Lydiard Street North, Soldiers Hill Conservation works to repair windows and gable fascia weather boards. Total grant: $2,000
316 Ligar Street, Soldiers Hill Repair cracked brickwork, apply appropriate braces, re-render and paint. Total grant: $1,000
848 Tait St, Bonshaw Roof iron replacement/repair. Total grant: $1,000