Objectives of the Heritage Grant Program
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.
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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