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Heritage EQUIP Funding

In August 2016, the Heritage Earthquake Upgrade Incentive Programme (Heritage EQUIP) was launched. Information about the fund and resources to help building owners manage their property is now available at the Heritage EQUIP website.

Overview of Heritage EQUIP

The Heritage Earthquake Upgrade Incentive Programme (Heritage EQUIP) assists private owners of nationally significant heritage buildings that are earthquake-prone.

Heritage EQUIP provides a contestable fund for seismic strengthening projects. 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.

Buildings listed on another category of the New Zealand Heritage List (as a wāhi tapu, wāhi tūpuna, wāhi tapu area or historic area), or scheduled on a district plan will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Funding available

A portion of the Heritage EQUIP fund is dedicated to priority remediation projects. These Retrofit Grants are available for simple strengthening projects to address high risk building components such as verandas and parapets. Addressing these external features can, in many cases, significantly reduce the risk to life safety and enable building owners to meet required building standards (34% NBS) in a timely and cost-effective way.

Major Works Grants are available for comprehensive strengthening work, including large-scale or staged projects.

All funding grants will be contingent on a matched contribution from one or more sources (including the private owner, local authority, charitable or community organisations).

Information Package

Funding is complemented by an online-information package for owners. The Heritage EQUIP website is being developed progressively to:

  • provide information on how to apply for the grants;
  • serve as an information hub, helping to link to other information on MBIE and other government agencies’ sites, or relevant professional bodies;
  • provide information on managing a strengthening project, best practice solutions for strengthening heritage buildings, and successful case studies;
  • benefit a wider group of heritage building owners who may not be eligible for the fund.

Register here for Heritage EQUIP updates

Register here to receive email updates on Heritage EQUIP.

For enquiries about Heritage EQUIP, please email:

Visit the Heritage EQUIP website for more information:

Updated on 3rd April 2018