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Grants to Ontario Individual and Nonprofit Property Owners to Restore Historic Sites in Eligible Regions

Designated Heritage Property Grant Program (DHPG)


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Funding Source
Town of Caledon
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Geographic Focus
Canada:Ontario: Town of Caledon;

Important Dates
Deadline: 09/25/23 4:30 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $6,000 to Ontario individual and nonprofit property owners to preserve and conserve historic sites in eligible regions. Funding is intended to support small and medium-sized projects that maintain and rehabilitate existing heritage attributes of historic buildings. Projects may also focus on restoration activities that would contribute to the cultural heritage value of the property. Eligible properties are located in the Town of Caledon.

The Town of Caledon established the Designated Heritage Property Grant Program in 2006 to help owners conserve their designated heritage properties. The grants are to help with small to mid-size projects that conserve a property’s key features, or Heritage Attributes. 

Eligible Work conserves a Designated Heritage Property’s Heritage Attributes and does not detract from or diminish the cultural heritage value/interest of the Designated Heritage Property. Eligible Work includes the costs of labor, materials, and equipment, as well as fees for the preparation of architectural and engineering drawing services and feasibility studies, for the heritage portion of a Designated Heritage Property. The grant is based on the owner's expenses supported by paid invoices and receipts. 

For information about Preservation and Restoration Projects, see

Examples of Eligible Work:

  • Preparation of architectural and engineering drawings, and feasibility studies for the heritage portion of a Designated Heritage Property
  • Repair/preservation/rehabilitation/restoration of:
    • Exterior architectural features such as porches, verandahs, cupolas, columns, brackets, shutters, soffits, and fascia
    • Exterior cladding such as clapboard, wood shingles, pebbledash stucco, board and batten
    • Windows, doors (including screen doors and storm windows) and other structural openings
    • Decorative architectural detailing, millwork and trim o Significant chimneys
    • Interior Heritage Attributes (where identified in the designation by-law)
    • Brick and stonework
  • Cleaning of brick and stone (using non-destructive cleaning methods); chemical or physical treatments, if appropriate, must be undertaken using the gentlest means possible. Treatments that cause damage to historic materials are not permitted.
  • Removal or replacement of non-heritage modern materials, such as insulbrick, vinyl siding, metal siding, and modern detailing. Replacement with high quality modern materials, such as cement board, may be eligible for grant support.
  • Critical structural/stabilization repairs, including repairs to the roof, exterior cladding, windows, foundation and drainage, serious structural faults, etc.
  • New eavestroughs, downspouts, and ice guards
  • Repainting of wood or metal elements and other exterior painting using historically appropriate colours
  • Replacement of knob and tube wiring with code-compliant electrical work
  • Seasonal installation/removal of wood storm windows
  • Installation of interior storm windows
  • Removal of asbestos, mould, lead paint, urea formaldehyde and other contaminates, where determined appropriate by the Designated Heritage Property Grant Review Group.
  • Floodproofing/waterproofing of the foundation, where deemed appropriate by the Designated Heritage Property Grant Review Group
  • Roof re-shingling with modern materials that simulate a historic roofing material, and where the modern material does not replace a Heritage Attribute
  • Maintenance of trees, where these have been identified as Heritage Attributes


Additional Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible, a Designated Heritage Property must be:
1. Located in the Town of Caledon;
2. Designated under the Ontario Heritage Act:
- As an individual property under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act OR
- As a contributing property in a Heritage Conservation District under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act

The property is not eligible if it is:
- Not a Designated Heritage Property;
Identified as a non-contributing property in a Heritage Conservation District designated under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act;
- Approved for a Heritage Property Tax Rebate for the same taxation year;
- In tax arrears
- Subject to compliance and enforcement orders issued by the Town; and/or,
- Owned by any level of government (except where a non-profit or community group is responsible for the maintenance of the property);

The Designated Heritage Property cannot be in tax arrears, unless a provincial state of emergency declared in the year, or subject to compliance and enforcement orders issued under property standards and maintenance by-laws, the Ontario Fire Code and the like.

Designated Heritage Properties owned by any level of government are not eligible, except where a nonprofit, community group has assumed responsibility for maintenance of the Designated Heritage Property by long-term lease or legal agreement. In such cases, that organization may make an application.

Grant funding excludes refundable HST (13%) for those applications associated with a business registered for HST with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

For ineligible work, see

Pre-Application Information
There are two application deadlines per year: Spring and Fall (funding permitting). The Fall 2023 deadline is September 25, 2023 at 4:30pm.

Owners and/or their agents are encouraged to consult with the Town’s Heritage staff prior to submitting a grant application. Pre-consultation helps ensure that applications are successful by confirming that the proposed work is eligible.

As part of the pre-consultation and/or application review process, Heritage staff and the Designated Heritage Property Grant Review Group may request a site visit to the Designated Heritage Property to assess how the proposed work will conserve the property’s Heritage Attributes.

You are eligible to receive two (2) grants per year, subject to available funding. However, if you receive two grants in one year you cannot apply the following year.

The program funds matching grants of 50% of eligible costs.

Once a site inspection by heritage staff confirms that the correct work has been completed and proof of payment is submitted for the work, the grant is then awarded.

Properties designated under the Ontario Heritage Act:

Estimated Size of Grant
Up to $6,000 per project

Term of Contract
Eligible Conservation Work must be completed within three (3) years from the date of approval of the grant.

Contact Information
Apply Online:

The hard copy application can be submitted to or regular mail using the following contact information.
Town Hall
Heritage Resource Office
6311 Old Church Rd.
Caledon, ON L7C 1J6

For further information, contact:
Policy, Heritage and Design Services
Planning Department
905-584-2272 x. 4232
Email form:

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