Last call for Heritage EQUIP funding applications
What is Heritage EQUIP?
The Heritage Earthquake Upgrade Incentive Programme (Heritage EQUIP) is a government initiative that was launched in August 2016 to assist private owners of nationally significant heritage buildings that are earthquake-prone with funding and advice.
Funding has been awarded to a variety if projects throughout New Zealand - from $1.5 million to assist with the costs of foundation piling and substructure works at the St James Theatre in Auckland, to $132,000 to strengthen and repair the Hurunui Hotel in Hawarden - Heritage EQUIP’s support has had an impact across the country. To date they have awarded 16 grants worth over $3.1 million and are almost a third of the way through their funding allocation.
What funding is available?
Heritage EQUIP provides both retrofit and major works grants.
The two types of Heritage EQUIP grants focus on different scales of seismic strengthening works:
- Retrofit grants are designed to support smaller seismic strengthening projects. They focus on addressing specific building parts or retrofit solutions for common hazards. Retrofit grants provide up to 50% of seismic strengthening costs up to a maximum grant of $25,000.
- Major works grants provide up to 50% of seismic strengthening costs. Major works grants support proposed seismic strengthening projects involving comprehensive strengthening solutions for earthquake-prone buildings, including large-scale or staged projects. There is no upper limit to major works grant applications.
Am I eligible?
Eligibility for funding includes privately-owned earthquake-prone heritage buildings which are:
- Category 1 historic places on the New Zealand Heritage List/Rārangi Kōrero;
- Category 2 historic places on the New Zealand Heritage List/Rārangi Kōrero in medium and high seismic risk areas.