Preserving Cardinia shire’s heritage

Successful Heritage Grant 2019–20 recipient, the Kooweerup Swamp Historical Society used their grant funding to revamp and reopen the main building and old gaol at Mallow House. Image: Cardinia Shire Council.

By Jessica Anstice

Community organisations can apply for grants to help with projects that aim to preserve and promote Cardinia shire’s heritage assets.

Eligible applicants and projects can apply for grants of up to $5000 in matched funding through the Cardinia Shire Council’s Heritage Grants 2020–21 program.

The funding will assist successful applicants to repair or conserve places and sites of heritage significance – including significant trees, complete capital works to improve community access, develop conservation management plans or develop and install interpretive signage.

Applications for staged projects will be considered.

Privately-owned heritage places will only be considered for funding if they are used or accessed by the community.

Heritage places eligible for funding include those listed in the Heritage Overlay of the Cardinia Planning Scheme.

To check if a site is covered by a Heritage Overlay, visit, enter the street address and select ‘Zones and overlays’.

For more information, including full eligibility criteria, and to apply, visit the council’s website at

For enquiries, please call the environment and heritage team on 1300 787 624 or email

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