The Andrews Labor Government is protecting Victoria’s most important cultural landmarks and buildings including those damaged by bushfires under the $60 million Living Heritage Program.

The fifth round of the grants program will provide vital funds for repairs and conservation works on significant places and objects while supporting traditional trades and increasing tourism opportunities.

Grants between $20,000 and $200,000 will be available with applications encouraged for conservation works to places located in areas impacted by bushfires.

Launched in 2016, the Living Heritage Program has funded vital works across the state including those at the Buda House and Gardens in Castlemaine.

The much-loved local landmark received a $50,000 Living Heritage grant in 2018 and a further $120,000 grant in 2019 for conservation, protection, restoration and public access works.

The historic 1863 villa and gardens are the artistic creation of Ernest Leviny, who arrived in the Castlemaine region from Hungary during the gold rush.

Mr Leviny won both local and European acclaim for his significant contribution to the development of a unique Australian artistic style, combining indigenous Australian design with classical styles.

The Living Heritage Program is the biggest boost to heritage assets in Victorian history, funding the repair and restoration of the most significant places and objects throughout the state.

Applications are open to local councils, community and not-for-profit organisations, and Committees of Management.

Application for the round five of the Living Heritage Program open on Monday 17 February, with $7 million available over the next three years for at risk places on the Victorian Heritage Register.

For more information or to apply for the grant program visit: heritage.vic.gov.au/grants/living-heritage-program