Conservation grants


Applications for Conservation Grants are currently closed. The next round will open in mid-2023.

The Conservation Grants Policy encompasses Unley’s vision to become the ‘City of Villages’; proud of its history, built character, landscaped environment and community well-being while ensuring sustainability into the future by responding to the need and expectations for change.

We want to continue 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. 


How to apply

1. Read the policy

Conservation grants policy(PDF, 217KB)

2. Complete the form

Applications are currently closed. 

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:

  • A maximum of $1,000 available every 3 years for pruning regulated/significant trees; and

  • A maximum of $5,000 is available every 5 years for Local or State Heritage Places or Representative Buildings

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 Planning Development and Infrastructure Act 2016

  • Buildings that are not listed as State or Local Heritage or a Representative Building

  • 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.

  • Where other grant funding has been obtained for the proposed works, the Conservation Grant Policy will not apply. 

For further information phone (08) 8372 5111.