Objectives of the Heritage Grant Program
LAST UPDATED: APRIL 1, 2014
The Heritage Grant Program is an incentive program designed to encourage property owners to meet the spirit and intent of the Saint John Heritage Conservation Areas By-Law, as expressed in the National Standards for Conservation of Historic Places in Canada and Saint John's own series of Practical Conservation Guidelines. Heritage Grants are not construction subsidies; they are intended to assist owners to retain traditional materials and details of character-defining elements and, if necessary, replace them with new components, matching the original materials and profiles.
- To encourage retention of heritage buildings and their character-defining elements, including their materials and details.
- To maximize conservation of the character-defining elements of designated heritage buildings using an approach of understanding, documenting, planning (for proposed use) and then intervening.
- To create employment opportunities for the citizens of Saint John;
- To discourage demolition of designated heritage buildings;
- To reduce waste and the impact on the environment by demonstrating that the greenest building is one that already exists;
- To encourage owners to undertake necessary but costly major projects.
Categories of Grants
- Heritage Maintenance Grant: A grant of 25% up to a maximum of $750 per year available to properties without a Conservation Plan in place; also available to tenants for storefront signage.
- Heritage Conservation Grant: A grant of 25%-45% up to a maximum of $7,500 per year to support large conservation projects for properties which have a Conservation Plan in place. There are two levels of funding provided by the Conservation Grant, depending on the nature of the project:
a) Minor funding: 25% up to a maximum of $7,500 for maintenance work, as
outlined in the Conservation Plan.
b) Major funding: 45% up to a
maximum of $7,500 for restoration work to original character-defining
elements, and for major projects such as masonry or structural repair.
- Heritage Conservation Plan Grant: A grant provided to offset the cost of retaining a design professional (architect or engineer) to prepare a Conservation Plan for designated heritage properties. A Conservation Plan provides the property owner with a phased plan to undertake required heritage/structural work. 50% of the cost is funded up to a maximum of $1,500.
Policy on Approval of Grants
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