Applications are now open for Local Heritage Grants


Applications for Yass Valley Council’s 2020/2021 Local Heritage Grants Program are now open with $19,000 in funding available for heritage conservation projects.

After work was completed at St Columba’s Church.

Local Heritage Grants aim to contribute to the preservation of structures of historical value and to foster positive attitudes towards heritage and conservation.

In 2019, six groups received Heritage Grants across the Yass Valley. St Columba’s Church in Bookham used the funding to undertake important restoration work, including the replacement of the church roof.

“I am very grateful to Yass Valley Council and the Heritage team for appreciating the charm and character of St Columba’s Church, Bookham. On two occasions the Council has made it possible for preservation work to be carried out on the Church,” said Marguerite Julian.

“The crowning glory is a shining new roof replacing the old iron rusted one. It really has made a huge difference with many travellers stopping and admiring this historic building constructed in 1910 and the community feeling a sense of pride in Bookham. I think these grants are a fantastic opportunity for the community to upgrade treasured buildings for future generations.

Mayor Rowena Abbey said the Local Heritage Grants Program is a way for Council to provide financial assistance to enable maintenance projects to structures of significant historical value to ensure their conservation for future generations.

“Council’s financial support is needed more than ever as COVID-19 has presented many challenges and prevented many groups from fundraising in their usual ways,” Cr Abbey added.

Applications for the Local Heritage Grants Program close at 5pm on Friday, 3 July 2020.

More information and application forms are available on Council’s website by following this link