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) for the painting of the original exterior cladding of heritage buildings in historic colours from the historical Vancouver True Colours palette.  A Heritage Consultant provided by Vancouver Heritage Foundation will determine the original colour scheme of the building. The paint schemes funded will be from the True Colours palette or original to the building as per the Consultant’s report and recommendations. Your home must be on the Heritage Register and be in good, original condition to be a candidate for a grant. If you have questions about whether your project will qualify give us a call or send an email and we can talk with you about your project.

The 2019 granting cycle is no longer open. Please check back for information about the 2020 granting cycle. 



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See the palette of True Colours Paint Swatches.

Download the 2019 List of Approved Painters here.

Download the 2019 Guidelines for Hiring a Paint Contractor & Preparing a Paint Surface.

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