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Heritage EQUIP Funding

Heritage EQUIP - the place to find funding and advice to earthquake strengthen heritage buildings

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

To be considered at the next assessment meeting, applications must be received by 15 November 2019.


With up to 67% funding available, the time to strengthen your heritage building is right now.

How much funding is available?

Upgrade Works Grants:

You can get up to 50% of seismic strengthening costs, up to a maximum of $400,000. These grants are available nationwide.

Projects can range in scale from smaller façade or parapet strengthening work, through to large-scale or staged projects.

EXTRA support for regional projects:

We recognise regional upgrade projects have a more difficult cost-benefit balance, so we have some extra support available.

Professional Advice Grants:

Good advice means more options for you as a building owner, and often leads to lower upgrade costs overall. We offer up to 50% of professional advice costs, up to a maximum of $50,000. This advice can include investigative reports, detailed seismic assessments, conservation and architectural plans, and structural engineering plans.

Additional upgrade works support:

We can grant up to 67% of seismic upgrade works costs, and can also fund the extent of upgrade works above 34% NBS. This is on a case-by-case basis where the heritage values at risk are particularly notable.

Solutions for multiple buildings:

We believe the costs of advice and strengthening work can be reduced if buildings are addressed together.

Proposals for multiple buildings, in regional centres that are medium or high seismic risk areas, are eligible to receive funding of up to 67% of both professional advice and upgrade works costs.

Professional advice may be funded up to $30,000 per building, and upgrade works may be funded up to $250,000 per building.

We encourage building advisors, territorial authorities, civic or heritage trusts and other qualified entities to work on behalf of multiple building owners.

If you are interested in applying for a grant involving multiple buildings, please contact us to discuss your project.

Visit our website for more information and to find out if you are eligible.

The National Tobacco Company Building, Napier. $10,000 funding was awarded in 2017.

Comprehensive information

Heritage EQUIP funding is complemented by a comprehensive online information package that provides advice for building owners. The Heritage EQUIP website:

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

Union Steam Ship Company’s Offices and Stores, Dunedin. Photo courtesy of Graham Warman. $12,000 funding was awarded in 2017.

Register here for updates

Register here to receive updates on Heritage EQUIP.

For enquiries about Heritage EQUIP, please email:

Visit the Heritage EQUIP website for more information:

Milton Street substation, 259 Milton Street, Sydenham, Christchurch. $186,000 funding was awarded in 2018.

Updated on 16th October 2019