Heritage funding

01:57, Jul 07 2010

Applications for funding towards heritage projects are now open for 2010-2011.

Every year Auckland City Council awards $100,000 to heritage projects from the Natural Heritage and Cultural Heritage funds.

The Natural Heritage fund donates $50,000 towards projects on ecological land in the Hauraki Gulf islands or conservation projects on private land.

Projects must directly improve the environment, and can include weed and pest control, native re-vegetation or fencing.

The $50,000 from the Cultural Heritage fund is for cultural heritage conservation projects on private land or property. Past projects have included building repair and conservation work, archaeological management plans and conservation plans.

Councillor Aaron Bhatnagar, chairman of the City Development Committee, says: "Auckland's heritage is extremely important to us and the council recognises that it can be expensive for owners to maintain these properties in pristine condition".

Application forms and details are available at www.aucklandcity.govt.nz/council/services/grants or by calling 379-2020. Entries must be received by 5pm, Friday, July 30.

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