If you are a heritage property owner, the municipality offers grant programs aimed at assisting owners in the maintenance of municipally registered heritage properties.
Update: 2016 was the last year applications were accepted for this program.
The Barrington Street Heritage Incentives Program, also administered by the Heritage Property Program, encouraged the restoration and renovation of any building located within the Barrington Street Heritage Conservation District Boundary. Within the limits of the annual approved budget, the program provided matching grants of up to $100,000.00 for exterior restoration work. For exterior restoration work above $200,000 a 15% tax credit was offered - the tax credit may have also included interior restoration or renovation work contributing to the ongoing functional viability of the entire building. Lastly, a waiver of application fees for Building Permits and Sign Permits was 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 the financial incentives program to reallocated remaining funding. However, this program is now concluded and application will no longer be accepted.
For more information, you may view the Barrington Street Heritage Conservation District Boundary Map (PDF) , read about the Barrington Street Heritage Conservation District or review the program Terms and Conditions (PDF) .
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 2017/18 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, call 490-5618.
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:
Community Developer, Grants & Contributions
Community & Recreation Services
tel: (902) 490-7310
fax: (902) 490-5950
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.
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.
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:
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or call (613) 237-1066 ext. 230.