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Heritage Grants and Rebates

If you are a heritage property owner, the municipality offers grant programs aimed at assisting owners in the maintenance of municipally registered heritage properties.

  1. Barrington Street Heritage Incentives Program
  2. Heritage Incentives Program
  3. Community Grants - Community History

1. Barrington Street Heritage Incentives Program

Update: 2016 is the last year applications will be accepted for this program. Applications for the 2016/17 fiscal year will be accepted between January 1 and March 1, 2016.

The Barrington Street Heritage Incentives Program, also administered by the Heritage Property Program, encourages the restoration and renovation of any buildings located within the Barrington Street Heritage Conservation District Boundary. Within the limits of the annual approved budget, the program provides matching grants of up to $100,000.00 for exterior restoration work. For exterior restoration work above $200,000 a 15% tax credit is offered - the tax credit may also include interior restoration or renovation work that contributes to the ongoing functional viability of the entire building. Lastly, a waiver of application fees for Building Permits and Sign Permits is offered to building owners in the District.

The Barrington Street Heritage Incentives Program was designed to operate for five years from the time of the adoption of the Barrington Street Heritage Conservation District Plan and Bylaw (June 16, 2009 to March 31, 2014). In June 2014, Regional Council approved a two-year extension of a heritage incentives program that encourages businesses and residents to restore, improve and enhance buildings located within the Barrington Street Heritage Conservation District Boundary. The program operates on a fiscal year basis from April 1st to March 31st.

For more information, view the Barrington Street Heritage Conservation District Boundary Map (PDF) To PDF Acrobat Tips and read about the Barrington Street Heritage Conservation District.

Please note that owners within the District may only apply for one of the HRM Incentives Programs at one time.

For more information contact:

Maggie Holm
Heritage Planner 
Email
tel: (902) 490-4419
fax: (902) 490-4346

 


2. Heritage Incentives Program

On April 1, 2014, Regional Council approved Administrative Order Number 2014-002-ADM Respecting the Heritage Incentives Program. This administrative order began replacing the existing Terms & Conditions beginning with applications for financial assistance in the 2015/16 fiscal year. For more information about changes to the program as a result of the new administrative order, review the staff report. Here is the Application Form for the 2016/17 program.

The Heritage Incentives Program is administered by the Heritage Property Program to encourage the conservation of privately-owned, registered municipal heritage properties in residential or commercial use.

Within the limits of the annual approved budget, the Heritage Incentives Program provides matching grants of up to $10,000 for eligible exterior conservation work. The Program operates on a fiscal year basis from April 1st to March 31st. Applications may only be received between January 1st and March 1st of every year.

For more information contact:

Shilo Gempton
Heritage Planner 
Email
tel: (902) 490-4494
fax: (902) 490-4346


3. Community Grants - Community History

Capital grants focus on community-owned and operated properties (building or land) or rare artifacts and includes interpretation centres, archives, museums, historical attractions, and registered heritage burial grounds. Preference will be given to registered heritage buildings and sites.

For more information visit the Community Grants Program web page or contact:

Peter Greechan
Community Developer, Grants & Contributions
Community & Recreation Services
Email

tel: (902) 490-7310
fax: (902) 490-5950




Provincial Heritage Grants and Tax Rebate Programs

The Nova Scotia government has two programs to assist heritage property owners in the municipality and throughout the Province. Two different departments within the Provincial government have programs to assist heritage property owners in maintaining and conserving their heritage buildings.

  1. Provincial Heritage Grants Program
  2. Provincial Heritage Tax Rebate Programs



1. Provincial Heritage Grants

The Department of Communities, Culture & Heritage offers grants to owners of provincial or municipal heritage properties. These include Conservation Advice Grants and Conservation Work Grants. Your property must first be registered with either the Provincial Registry of Heritage Properties or a Municipal Registry of Heritage Properties.


2. Provincial Heritage Tax Rebate

The Department of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations offers a Provincial Tax Rebate (under the Sales Tax Act). Municipal heritage property owners are eligible for a full rebate of the provincial sales tax paid for materials used on the exterior of the building. Contact Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations for more information about the tax rebate.

For more information on provincial heritage grants and tax rebates including program guidelines and application forms visit the NS Communities, Culture and Heritage website or contact:

Kevin Barrett
Coordinator, Heritage Property Program
tel: (902) 424-6396
fax: (902) 424-0560

1741 Brunswick St., 3rd Floor
P. O. Box 456, STN Central
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Canada B3J 2R5


National Trust for Canada - THIS PLACE MATTERS

In 2015 the National Trust for Canada announced a new program called THIS PLACE MATTERS to assist community organizations restore or adaptively re-use special heritage places. Below is a description and contact information for each program. The National Trust for Canada will soon be launching THIS PLACE MATTERS - Canada's first national crowdfunding platform dedicated to heritage. Before this occurs the National Trust is inviting community organizations to identify great local projects to participate in this new and exicting initiative.

Do you have a heritage place in need to critical restoration work or an innovative plan for adaptive re-use? Or are you in the final stretch of a fundraising campaign and need a boost to attract those final contributions? THIS PLACE MATTERS can be the cataliyst that helps your organization reach its goals. For more information on this program, visit the National Trust for Canada website, thisplacematters@nationaltrustcanada.ca or call (613) 237-1066 ext. 230.