True Colours Grant

1642 Stephens Street, before and after being repainted in 2016 with a True Colours Grant.

True Colours Grants assist with repainting heritage buildings

Receive a cash grant of up to $7,500 per project (maximum of 50% of the cost of the project) to restore the exterior paint colours of a heritage building. A Heritage Consultant will come to your home or building and determine the original colour scheme, then recommend a scheme for your project. Grant recipients will then contract a painter from our approved list to complete the work (see below to download the list).

Funded paint schemes are either the building’s original paint colours as determined by a Heritage Consultant, or are historically appropriate colours selected from the True Colours palette based on the recommendations of a Heritage Consultant.

The 2018 granting cycle is now closed and we are unable to accept new applications. Please check back or subscribe to our e-newsletter for information about 2019 grants.

Your home must be on the Heritage Register and be in good, original condition to be a candidate for a grant. Please email us a good quality photo of your house if you are considering True Colours.

See the palette of True Colours Paint Swatches.

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The Grant Application deadline is Thursday February 1st, 2018

Download a Grant Application form here

Download the 2018 list of approved painters here

Download PDF files of Grant Recipient buildings from 2001 - 2015 illustrating heritage paint schemes:
Houses East of Main Street
Houses West of Main Street


Donald Luxton
Al Diamond
Margot Keate West
Ivonne Voelkel
Hugh McLean
John Quinton
Karen Russell

Harriet Goodwin, VHF Program Manager
Judith Mosley, VHF Executive Director