Heritage Grant Program

The 2017 Heritage Grant Program is now closed. The program will open again in early 2018.

What is the Heritage Grant Program?

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.

Who can apply?

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.

What are the eligibility requirements?

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.

Examples of eligible conservation work:

  • repairs to the structural support elements of property, including foundation, roof and eaves troughs, exterior walls and other serious structural faults
  • porches, verandahs, cupolas, columns
  • exterior cladding such as clapboard, wood shingles, stucco, board and batten, masonry. Also includes removal of non-heritage siding (i.e. vinyl siding, insulbrick) and detailing (i.e. aluminum clad soffits and fascia) and associated repairs
  • repairs to historic windows and doors (including screen doors and storm windows) and other structural openings
  • replacement wood storm windows (excluding aluminum clad wood windows)
  • decorative architectural detailing, millwork and trim (including brackets, soffits, fascia, cornices)
  • cleaning and/or repair of masonry and stonework
  • re-painting of heritage features in appropriate period colours
  • conservation or restoration of any other heritage attribute on the property that is described as in the heritage designation by-law or heritage district plan.

What work is not eligible?

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.

Ineligible work includes (but is not limited to):

  • repairs and upgrades ordered as a result of non-compliance with property standards by-laws and other applicable by-laws, regulations and legislation
  • re-insulating, installation of new heating or cooling systems or other energy efficiency upgrades
  • construction of new additions or accessory structures that are not based on historical research and that do not incorporate historically appropriate forms, finishes, elements and materials
  • removal of asbestos, mold, urea formaldehyde and other contaminates
  • landscaping and fencing, unless the proposed work is related to the preservation or restoration of a specifically documented heritage feature
  • driveway paving and repairs
  • improvements to mechanical or electrical systems
  • minor repairs; routine household maintenance such as repairing a broken step
  • non-heritage awnings and signage
  • sandblasting or other cleaning methods that may damage a structure’s finishes
  • moving of structures
  • works on existing non-heritage additions, sheds or outbuildings
  • works on any interior features not specifically listed in a designation by-law
  • architectural and engineering services, feasibility studies, cost estimates, preparation of drawings
  • any work started or completed before a grant has been formally approved.

How are projects evaluated?

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.

How and when do I apply?

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.

For more information

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
Planning Services
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3870

Elaine Eigl, CAHP
Heritage Planner, District East
Planning Services
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601 ext. 3875