Heritage Grant funding supports owners, kaitiaki, communities and groups to protect, promote and celebrate the unique stories and places that are our taonga.
Christchurch and Banks Peninsula have a rich and diverse heritage which is a significant part of our identity. The places, memories and stories of all our cultures are treasures to be shared, celebrated and passed on to future generations. Valuing and connecting with our taonga provides individual and community benefits and is a foundation for a vibrant, dynamic and sustainable 21st-century city.
Heritage provides our communities with connections to place, culture, identity and to one another. In addition, heritage delivers economic benefits, educational, recreational and tourism opportunities, and contributes to sustainability.
Our heritage is tangible and intangible, built and natural and comprises places, objects, stories, memories and traditions. Tangible and intangible aspects usually co-exist in heritage places and items, and are interwoven.
We have an opportunity to preserve and share the places, stories and memories which are our taonga.
Heritage grant schemes provide financial support to contribute to the protection of the district’s heritage now, and for future generations.
Heritage owners and kaitiaki have a responsibility to care for places of significance to the wider community. This grant scheme is intended to assist them, and to incentivise financial investment in heritage.
Heritage Incentive Grants support physical conservation works to heritage buildings, places, structures and objects. These grants achieve positive heritage outcomes by incentivising the appropriate and timely practice of Kaitiakitanga and the conservation, maintenance and retention or enhancement of heritage fabric and values.
Heritage values includes archaeological, architectural, cultural, social, spiritual, wāhi tapu, wāhi taonga, landscape, monumental, scientific, and technological values.
Heritage Incentive Grant funding is available to owners and kaitiaki of heritage buildings, places, structures, objects, and significant moveable heritage. These include:
This is a new Heritage Grant scheme.
Intangible Heritage includes knowledge, stories, histories, memories, traditions, waiata, oral histories, trails and past landscape features.
It also includes past events, their associated sites and the people connected to them; hidden archaeology; wāhi tapu; wāhi taonga; ingoa wāhi; music; kapa haka; dance and language.
Intangible Heritage includes the meanings and associations of a place, including historical, social, cultural, spiritual and commemorative values.
Intangible Heritage Grants support communities, groups and individuals to practise the principles of Kaitiakitanga and Manaakitanga and to share their own stories and histories.
This grant scheme aims to encourage Whanaungatanga, by supporting projects which respect, value and develop our connections to each other.
Intangible Heritage Grants achieve positive heritage outcomes by weaving together, strengthening and providing for all aspects of heritage and taonga tuku iho in Christchurch and on Banks Peninsula.
Intangible heritage grant funding is available to support communities, groups and individuals with projects that:
This small grant scheme supports Community Event Providers to align with the vision and mission of the annual Christchurch Heritage Festival and to implement the 'Our Heritage, Our Taonga - Heritage Strategy 2019-2029'.
The Fund supports the delivery of Christchurch Heritage Festival Events and assists Community Event Providers to achieve the objectives of the Christchurch Heritage Festival:
The fund opens in May each year when the application process for the Christchurch Heritage Festival opens.
New applications are welcome. Before completing the application form, we recommend you review the criteria for applying for grant funding contained in the guidelines below:
To discuss applying for a heritage grant, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Completed applications can be submitted by email to email@example.com or by post to:
Christchurch City Council Heritage Team
P O Box 73012
View some of the projects that have received Council heritage grants.