Non-VHF Funding

Other sources of financial support available for Vancouver heritage buildings

Vancouver Heritage Foundation has researched and compiled a list of available incentives for heritage buildings and sites in Vancouver to assist you in finding funding support for your heritage project. The programs are organized here by where they apply – city-wide, neighbourhood-specific, province-wide or Canada-wide, and their primary purpose – heritage conservation, cultural infrastructure or sustainability.

For full program details or the latest information and eligibility, please contact the program provider directly.


City-wide Incentives for Heritage Conservation Activities

 

Heritage Revitalization Agreement (HRA)

An HRA is a formal agreement between the property owner and the City. Each one involves a negotiation to establish a customized agreement, with the goal to protect the heritage property through designation.

Offered by: City of Vancouver

For: Preservation and conservation work.

Eligibility: Properties on the Vancouver Heritage Register.

Incentive: Varying of land use, density, set-backs and other regulations in exchange for preservation, restoration and protection of the property.

 


Neighbourhood-specific for Heritage Conservation Activities

 

Heritage Building Rehabilitation Program (currently unavailable)

Offered by: City of Vancouver

For: Rehabilitation, conservation work.

Eligibility: Properties on the Heritage Register in Gastown, Chinatown, Hastings Street corridor and Victory Square.

Incentive: Property tax exemptions in exchange for preservation, protection and rehabilitation of the site. In addition, bonus density can be granted and, along with residual density, be transferred from the site and sold for use elsewhere.

 

Heritage Facade Rehabilitation Program

Offered by: City of Vancouver

For: Facade restoration, conservation.

Eligibility: Properties on the Heritage Register in Gastown, Chinatown, Hastings Street corridor and Victory Square.

Incentive: Funding of up to 50% of facade rehabilitation costs to a maximum of $50,000 per principal facade.

 

Chinese Society Buildings Matching Grant

Offered by: City of Vancouver

For: Critical capital upgrades. Not intended for standard building repairs and maintenance.

Eligibility: Member-based Chinese Family Clan and Benevolent Societies who are registered non-profit societies and located in Chinatown or the Downtown Eastside.

Incentive: Matching grant of up to $100,000 for buildings on the Heritage Register and located in Chinatown. Matching grant of up to $75,000 for buildings on the Heritage Register located outside of Chinatown but still within the Downtown Eastside.

 


City-wide for Cultural Infrastructure

 

Cultural Infrastructure Grants

Offered by: City of Vancouver

For: Planning and completion of purchasing, building or renovating cultural space, including feasibility studies for upgrades and consultations.

Eligibility: Non-profit societies. Heritage buildings can be eligible if they have a cultural mandate or programming.

Incentive: Grants up to $150,000 for major capital projects. Up to $35,000 for minor capital projects and planing projects.

 

Permit Fee Assistance Program

Offered by: City of Vancouver

For: Permit fees associated with renovating or constructing cultural spaces for non-profits.

Eligibility: Non-profits in the cultural sector.

Incentive: Up to $1,500.

 


City-wide for Sustainability Upgrades

 

Greenest City Neighbourhood Small Grants

Offered by: Vancouver Foundation

For: Projects that contribute to Vancouver’s Greenest City Action Plan. This grant could potentially be used to complete a sustainable retrofit of a heritage building.

Eligibility: Residents of Vancouver.

Incentive: Up to $500 grant.

 


Province-wide for Heritage Conservation Activities

 

Heritage Legacy Fund

The Heritage Legacy Fund (HLF) was established in 2003 with a $5 million endowment from the Government of British Columbia to support heritage conservation activities. There are two programs: (1) Heritage Conservation Program: funds up to $25,000 for half of the eligible project costs; (2) Heritage Awareness Program: funds up to $10,000 toward an educational program or campaign.

Offered by: Heritage BC

For: Heritage conservation and heritage awareness projects.

Eligibility: Non-profit societies, registered charities, local governments and school boards.

Incentive: Matching grant up to 50% of eligible project costs (max. $25,000).

 


Province-wide for Non-profit Activities

 

Community Gaming Grants

Offered by: BC Gaming Commission Lottery Grants

For: Projects that directly benefit the larger community that are based in: Arts and Culture, Sport, Environment, Public Safety, Human and Social Services, Parent Advisory Councils and District Parent Advisory Councils.

Eligibility: Community non-profit organizations.

Incentive: Grants up to $100,000 for organizations that deliver programs locally. Up to $20,000 can be used for minor capital projects that are essential to program delivery (could be used for heritage restoration or maintenance). Funding up to $225,000 per year for groups that deliver regional programs and up to $250,000 per year for groups that deliver provincial wide programs.

 


Province-wide for Sustainability Upgrades

 

Home Renovation Rebate Program & Municipal Partner Offer– Residential

Offered by: BC Hydro and FortisBC

For: Energy efficiency upgrades.

Eligibility: Homeowners, BC Hydro or FortisBC customers, specific to single family dwellings.

Incentive: Various rebates for homes for percentage of the cost of energy efficiency upgrades.

FortisBC Home Renovation Rebate Program

BC Hydro Home Renovation Rebates

Municipal Partner Offer 

Also see the Heritage Energy Retrofit Grant which works with the Home Renovation Rebate Program and Municipal Partner offer for heritage homes in Vancouver.

 


Canada-wide for Heritage Conservation Activities

 

Community War Memorial Funding

Offered by: Veterans Affairs Canada

For: The repair, restoration and expansion of statues or structures (not buildings) erected to honour Canadian veterans in conflicts after 1867.

Eligibility: Non-profits, private sector, provinces, territories and municipalities.

Incentive: Grant of up to 50% of project costs to a maximum of $50,000.

 

National Historic Sites Cost-Sharing Program

Offered by: Parks Canada

For: Technical and planning document preparation, and for conservation work. There are three categories: (1) Preparatory Assistance Projects: for preparation of technical and planning documents; (2) Conservation Projects: for conservation of threatened components of a site to secure its physical integrity; (3) Presentation Projects: for communicating the reasons for designation of a heritage place.

Eligibility: Non-federally owned National Historic Sites. Provincial, territorial, municipal and regional governments, Aboriginal and other not-for-profit organizations that own or have a long-term lease on the asset.

Incentive: A matching grant of up to 50% of eligible project costs to a maximum of $25,000 for Preparatory Assistance Projects, a maximum of $25,000 for Presentation Projects and a maximum of $1,000,000 for Conservation Projects.

 

Building Communities through Arts and Heritage—Legacy Fund

Offered by: Government of Canada

For: Restoration of existing buildings with local community significance for community use.

Eligibility: Non-profits, municipal governments with an active partnership with a community based group, or Aboriginal governments and organisations.

Incentive: Up to 50% of eligible project expenses to a maximum of $500,000.

 


Canada-wide for Cultural Spaces

 

Canada Cultural Spaces Fund

Launched in 2012, the purpose of the program is to improve conditions in cultural spaces within Canada.

Offered by: Government of Canada

For: Upgrades and renovations to arts and heritage facilities, purchase of specialized equipment and studies related to capital projects in cultural spaces. This funding is not for restoration, it is specifically for upgrades to arts and museum spaces.

Eligibility: Non-profit arts and heritage organizations, provincial, territorial, municipal and regional governments, or Aboriginal people’s institutions and organisations.

Incentive: Funding up to 50% of eligible project expenses.

 


 

Other grants may be available through the Vancouver Foundation, the BC Real Estate Foundation and VanCity. Check their respective websites for details and updates.

Also check the National Trust for Canada’s and the Government of Canada’s funding opportunities lists for updates and new programs.