How to apply

To apply for a Heritage EQUIP grant, complete an application form and submit it to the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.

You can apply at any time. An expert advisory panel meets three times a year to assess applications.

Next application date

To be considered at the next available assessment meeting, applications must be received by:
29 March 2020

Covid-19 working arrangements mean we are working remotely. This will impact the processing of appplications and we ask for your patience. We expect to have funding decisions available to applicants in late May. We will let all applicants know how we're tracking as we navigate the assessment process.

The application deadline has not been impacted by Covid-19, and we continue to ask that applications are submitted electronically. 

Funding opportunities beyond 29 March will not be confirmed until late May 2020.

Upgrade Works Grants

A good Heritage EQUIP Upgrade Works Grant application clearly shows:

  • the building's seismic strength problem
  • the solution proposed to fix that problem
  • and the impact of the solution on the building's heritage values.

The Heritage EQUIP Upgrade Works Grant guide for applicants outlines the information expected in your application and the supporting material you'll need to provide. 

The Heritage EQUIP Upgrade Works Grant application form is for seismic strengthening projects of all sizes. Grants provide up to 50 percent of seismic strengthening costs to a maximum grant of $400,000.

Applications for Upgrade Works Grants must include the project costing summary form – summarising scaffolding, opening-up and make-good costs, and the rationale for funding these works.

Professional Advice Grants

A good Heritage EQUIP Professional Advice Grant application:

  • clearly identifies the professional advice you intend to get for your building, and the rationale for seeking that advice
  • and shows that the provider(s) of the proposed advice has sufficient experience.

The Heritage EQUIP Professional Advice Grant guide for applicants outlines the information expected in your application and the supporting material you'll need to provide.

The Heritage EQUIP Professional Advice Grant application form is for building owners in regional centres seeking initial advice relating to the earthquake strengthening process. Grants provide up to 50 percent of professional advice costs to a maximum grant of $50,000.

Applications for multiple buildings

We believe the costs of advice and strengthening work can be reduced if buildings are addressed together.

We encourage building advisors, territorial authorities, civic or heritage trusts and other qualified entities to work on behalf of eligible multiple building owners.

  • Proposals for Professional Advice or Upgrade Works Grants for multiple buildings, in regional centres that are medium or high seismic risk areas, are eligible to receive funding of up to 67 percent of costs.

Professional advice proposals may be funded up to $30,000 per building, and proposals for upgrade works may be funded up to $250,000 per building.

If you are interested in applying for a grant involving multiple buildings, please contact us to discuss your project.

If you’re not in a position to apply for a grant just yet, we welcome Expressions of Interest (EOI).

How to submit your application

All applications are to be submitted digitally.

You can submit your application on a USB flash drive, or provide a link to your documents held on a web-based document sharing platform (such as Dropbox, Google Drive, or iCloud). Be aware that you are solely responsible for the security of any information provided via a third-party platform, including personal information. Index documents in the same way as the application form.

If submitting your application using a web-based sharing platform, sharing permission and links to access the application should be emailed to [email protected]

Postal/courier address for USB flash drives:

Heritage EQUIP
Te Pae Māpuna
Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Post: PO Box 5364, WELLINGTON 6140
Courier: Level 1, Public Trust Building, 131 Lambton Quay, WELLINGTON 6011

Questions about the application process

Contact a Heritage EQUIP fund advisor with any questions about the application process:

[email protected] 

(04) 499 4229