Heritage Conservation Grants

Support for heritage places

Vancouver Heritage Foundation’s Heritage Conservation Grants program was launched in 2019 with funding from the City of Vancouver. Stepping up support for heritage places, VHF built on its past programs to increase opportunities and funding for conservation of heritage buildings and sites in the city of Vancouver.

The 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 and the many benefits they offer for communities for the long term.

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.

Applications for the Heritage Conservation Grant program are now open. Please read the full Program Guidelines and get in touch with VHF to determine your project’s eligibility ahead of putting in an application.

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. Planning Project Grants provide heritage site owners and stewards an opportunity to work with a Heritage Consultant. Examples of the type of research and documentation this can assist with include:

  • Heritage Assessment: to collect documentation to apply for addition to the Vancouver Heritage Register.
  • Conservation Plan: to document the history and significance of the site, inventory architectural features or other character-defining elements, and identify conservation priorities.
  • Maintenance Plan: to identify required maintenance and guide long-term planning around the care of the site.

Conservation Project Grant (Click to View)

Preserving the original fabric and retaining the character-defining elements of your site are essential parts of protecting its heritage value and ensuring its longer-term life. Conservation Project Grants provide financial assistance with the costs of conserving your heritage building or site. Examples of the type of projects eligible for a Conservation Project Grant include:

  • The painting of your building in an authentic historical colour scheme using VHF’s True Colours paint palette.
  • Restoration of original wood windows or installation of historically appropriate windows where they have previously been lost.
  • Structural, envelope and building systems work that is essential to ensure the longevity and continued use or reuse of the structure.

Applicants to the Conservation Project Grant must follow best practices outlined in the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada. .

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.
  • In order to be eligible, projects must pertain to exterior elements or to the site’s overall structural integrity, unless the interior of the site is designated on the Vancouver Heritage Register. VHF will not fund replacement of original heritage fabric when repair and retention is an option.

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.

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. The amounts shown are maximums only and do not represent guaranteed funding amounts.

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) next to the address listing.


Applications for the Fall 2020 cycle are now open for a deadline of Tuesday October 27, 2020.

Application: Online form

Support Documents:

For Approved Participating Applicants:

All interested applicants are encouraged to connect about their project(s) by emailing Grant Program Manager, Meghan Lenz at meghan@vancouverheritagefoundation.

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.