The 2017 Heritage Grant Program is now closed. The program will open again in early 2018.
The Heritage Grant Program is a Council-approved program with up to $90,000 in total funding available each year. The program makes funds available to owners of heritage properties to cover up to half of the cost of eligible conservation work to a maximum of $15,000. The heritage grant must be matched by a contribution from the property owner.
The program provides funding for approved preservation or restoration projects on properties designated under Part IV or Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act.
Properties that are listed in Section F – Register of Properties of Cultural Heritage Value or Interest (Not Designated) are not eligible.
Heritage resources owned or used by any level of government are not eligible except where a non-profit community group has assumed, by long-term lease or legal agreement, responsibility for maintenance of the building. In these cases, such organizations may make an application for the grant as the agent for the owner with a letter of consent from the owner.
Any conservation work, which directly and appropriately preserves, restores and/or enhances specific heritage attributes is deemed eligible. All work must be executed in such a manner as to not detract from or diminish the cultural heritage value of the property or district. Work within the town’s heritage conservation districts must always be consistent with the applicable heritage conservation district plan.
Work or projects of a non-heritage nature; works that focus on non-heritage attributes, additions, spaces, features and finishes; or any works that might diminish the cultural heritage value of the property.
Determination of what constitutes eligible conservation work is at the discretion of Heritage Planning staff in consultation with the Heritage Oakville Advisory Committee. The merits and scope of a restoration project will be determined using appropriate documentary sources – either directly related to the property or based on solid research and relevant historical references. Not all eligible projects may receive funding. All projects are subject to final approval by Town Council.
Applications to the Heritage Grant Program are only available from Heritage Planning staff following an informal pre-consultation with staff to confirm your project's eligibility.
The application period will start on January 11, 2017 and will close at 4 p.m. on March 20, 2017. Late and/or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Please contact Heritage Planning staff in advance of the deadline if you have any questions about your application or the submission requirements.
Visit the Heritage Grant Program Procedure page for more details or follow up with Heritage Planning staff::
Susan Schappert, CAHP, MCIP, RPP
Heritage Planner, District East/West
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3870
Elaine Eigl, CAHP
Heritage Planner, District East
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601 ext. 3875