Conservation grants

Unley residence facade with picket fence

Conservation Grants are currently under review, due to the impacts of the new Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act. 

The review of the Conservation Grants Policy will help to determine how we best apply funding to applications. 

The Policy is designed to help owners maintain, enhance and preserve the natural and built environment by providing funds relating to building works and maintenance of significant and regulated trees. 

We are working hard to have this review finished in late 2021 and following the successful review of the Policy we will advertise the opening of the grants in line with budget considerations for the 2021/2022 financial year. 

Should you have further queries regarding Conservation Grants, please contact Customer Experience on 8372 5111. 

Please note that Grants will only be provided while funds remain in the budget allocated by the Council for the relevant financial year and that the applications approved, and the amount allocated per application, are at the discretion of Council. 

How to apply?


1. Read the policy

 Conservation grants policy(PDF, 240KB)

2. Complete the form

Conservation grant application form(PDF, 110KB)


Grant amounts

Grants may be allocated for up to 50 per cent of the total cost of a single conservation treatment with the maximum amounts available per application being:

  • $1,000 for pruning regulated/significant trees; and

  • $5,000 for local heritage buildings and contributory items within Historic Conservation Zone.

Grant exclusions

Grants are not available for:

  • The removal of Regulated or Significant Trees

  • Inappropriate lopping, pruning or other 'tree damaging' activities as defined by the Development Act 1993

  • Buildings in Built Form or other Planning Zones (unless the building is Local Heritage listed)

  • State Heritage buildings/items (work may be eligible for funding from the State Government or for tax rebates from the Commonwealth Government).

Additional information

Please note that:

  • The applicant must provide at least two quotations for the proposed conservation with the application form

  • When a conservation grant is made, the applicant must accept the Council's right to photograph the subject trees, property and/or items, before and after conservation work

  • Council will only pay approved grants following an inspection by a City of Unley officer (or delegate) upon satisfactory completion of any proposed conservation works

  • The City of Unley reserves the right to withhold payment of an approved grant if conservation work does not meet appropriate standards and/or differs from the work that was proposed in the application.


For further information phone (08) 8372 5111. Applications closed Friday 7 February 2020.