Heritage Conservation Grants

New support for heritage places

Vancouver Heritage Foundation is excited to present a new and expanded Heritage Conservation Grants program. Stepping up support with new funding from the City of Vancouver, VHF has built on its past programs to increase opportunities and funding for conservation of heritage buildings and sites in the city of Vancouver.

The new Heritage Conservation Grants program provides funding opportunities through two categories of heritage conservation grants: Planning Project Grants and Conservation Project Grants. The grants can support owners or stewards in the care of their historic site with financial assistance and professional guidance, helping to achieve a high standard of heritage conservation to sustain heritage places for the long term and the many benefits they offer for communities.

VHF encourages all applicants to consider first applying for a Planning Project Grant or undertaking appropriate conservation planning before putting forward an application for a Conservation Project Grant.

Planning Project Grant (Click to View)

Planning is a critical part of a conservation project. Having a plan in place prepared by a heritage professional will help guide the decisions you make for future projects. Whether it’s getting on the Vancouver Heritage Register or putting together an in-depth conservation plan for your historic site, a Planning Project Grant could assist.

Conservation Project Grant (Click to View)

The Conservation Project Grant can provide financial assistance with the costs of conserving your heritage building or site. Preserving the original fabric and retaining the character elements of your site are an essential part of protecting its heritage value and ensuring its longer-term life. The painting of your building in an authentic historical colour scheme using VHF’s True Colours paint palette can be supported through the Conservation Project Grant.

Eligibility Requirements (Click to View)

  • The site must be on the Vancouver Heritage Register or planning an application to get on the Register. If you are unsure if your site is on the Vancouver Heritage Register check here.
  • Applications are open to individual private owners, strata corporations, registered non-profit societies or federally registered charities, and self-governing First Nations.
  • The start date of proposed projects must be after the application processing period and must complete within 12 months of acceptance into the program.

Before applying, make sure to carefully read through the Program Guidelines to ensure your organization and project meet the grant requirements.

Available Funding (Click to View)

VHF aims to support a variety to projects annually and can provide financial assistance up to 50% of the project cost to a set maximum. During the second 2019/2020 intake period (application open from November 30, 2019 to February 18, 2019), VHF can commit up to $140,000 to approved projects.

The amount of support for a project is determined by several factors; type of ownership of the site, the scale of project and need for financial support.

Ownership Types & Heritage Protection Private Ownership Private Ownership Heritage Designation* Non-profit Ownership/
Self Governing First Nation

Non-profit ownership/
Self Governing First Nation.
Heritage Designation*

Planning Projects $2,000 $2,000 $3,000 $3,000
Conservation Projects $7,500 $10,000 $10,000 $25,000
5 year maximum
per site
$20,000 $25,000 $30,000 $70,000


*Sites that have received municipal or provincial legal protection to care, preserve and retain the heritage character-features of a site are considered to have Heritage Designation. The Vancouver Heritage Register will identify these sites with an (M) or (P) or (H) next to the address listing.

Let’s connect about your project!

Check-in with us at least one week before the application deadline to ensure your project is eligible. We encourage you to read through the Program Guidelines below before reaching out. Contact Claire Vulliamy by email, claire@vancouverheritagefoundation.org.

The intake for Fall 2019/Spring 2020 is now CLOSED.

The Fall 2020 cycle intake deadline for application will be in October 2020.

All interested applicants are encouraged to connect about their project(s).

Program Guidelines

Painting and True Colours Project Guidelines and Colour Palette

Pre-application planning worksheet

Grant Budget Form

Online Application Form – Applications are now closed.

Completed Grant Project Final Report – Please complete the online form.

VHF’s Grant Program History (Click to View)

Up until 2019 VHF offered specialized opportunities for homeowners and historic site stewards to gain financial aid through a selection of grant programs.  To learn more about the past programs including; Restore it, Get on the Register, House Call and the ever-popular True Colours, and examples of conservation projects supported, please visit the previous grant program pages here.