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Historic Resource Conservation Grants

Grants to Alberta Nonprofits, For-Profits, IHEs,
Agencies, and Individuals for Heritage Preservation

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Government of Alberta - Culture and Tourism, Heritage and Museums

Deadline Date:

09/03/18

Description:

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Grants to Alberta nonprofit organizations, corporations, churches, schools and educational institutions, municipalities, individuals, First Nations, and Metis settlements the preservation and interpretation of Alberta’s heritage. Applicants must contact program staff prior to applying. Funding will support the conservation of historic resources, as well as related studies and professional services.

The Alberta Historical Resources Foundation is the principal heritage support agency of the Government of Alberta. The Foundation’s Heritage Preservation Partnership Program (HPPP) provides matching grants and scholarship funds to support initiatives that preserve and interpret Alberta's heritage.

Historic Resource Conservation Grants provide matching grants to individuals and organizations for the following:
-Conservation of Alberta's historic resources
-Studies and professional services for the conservation of historic resources

Funding:

There are 3 separate funding opportunities available to applicants.

Conservation Grants for Historic Resources:

Conservation includes actions or processes that safeguard the character-defining elements of a historic place to retain its heritage value and extend its physical life.

This may involve one or more conservation treatments:
-Preservation
-Rehabilitation
-Restoration

Studies and Professional Services Grants for Historic Resources:

A separate grant may also be provided for conservation studies and fees for architects, engineers and other professional consultants for services undertaken prior to the tendering and construction phase of the conservation project. These include preparation of feasibility studies, architectural and engineering assessments, historic structure reports, concept plan, preservation plans, architectural drawings and design associated with the conservation of an historic place. The maximum matching grant for studies and professional services is $25,000.

Conservation and Studies/Professional Services Grants for Non-designated Cemeteries and Burial Grounds:

Non-designated cemeteries or burial grounds may qualify for a one-time matching grant for conservation work, studies and professional services of up to $5,000 if it meets one of the following requirements:

-Site is associated with a significant historic event or theme, such as cemeteries or burial grounds associated with residential schools, former settlements or epidemic outbreaks.
-Site contains the graves of historically significant individuals.
-Site contains distinctive historic landscapes or grave architecture. Distinctive features could include spirit houses or cairns.
-Site demonstrates culturally distinctive mortuary or burial practices.

Eligible work includes the following:
-Studies undertaken to confirm the presence of graves in a particular location
-Site surveying, including mapping and marking
-Grave architecture restoration, including features like spirit houses and cairns
-Restoration of historic fencing, gates and signage
-Sympathetic modern fencing to protect historic portion of cemeteries

Historic resources with a grant ceiling of $5,000 are the least priority for funding.

Grant applications are evaluated using a number of factors including, but not limited to:
-The size or scale of the historic place
-Scope of the project
-Conservation priorities
-Ability of proponent to conduct the work
-Status of previous projects/grants
-Grant program’s budget

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173649

Estimated Size of Grant:

Conservation Grants for Historic Resources:
-Provincial Historic Resources: Maximum $100,000
-Municipal Historic Resources: Maximum $50,000
-Indigenous historic places that cannot be designated as Provincial or Municipal Historic Resources but supported with a Band Council Resolution: Maximum $50,000
-Local historic resources or Registered Historic Resources that have not received any funding from the Foundation: Maximum $5,000

Studies and Professional Services Grants for Historic Resources:
-This component provides a matching of grant of $25,000 is available.

Conservation and Studies/Professional Services Grants for Non-designated Cemeteries and Burial Grounds:
-Non-designated cemeteries or burial grounds may qualify for a one-time matching grant for conservation work, studies and professional services of up to $5,000 if it meets the requirements.

Historic resources with a grant ceiling of $5,000 are the least priority for funding.

Term of Contract:

Grant recipients have 3 years to claim the grant, complete the project and complete reporting requirements.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Owner of historic places or their authorized representatives are eligible to apply. Applicants include individuals and organizations. These include registered non-profit organizations, corporations, municipalities, churches, schools and other educational institutions, First Nations and Metis Settlements.

Ineligible applicants include provincial government departments, members of the Foundation’s Board of Directors and Friends organizations associated with government owned and operated historic sites and interpretive centers.

Ineligible work includes regular maintenance and site beautification.

Ineligible Work / Expenses:

- Work that did not comply with the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada
- New construction or total reconstruction of a historic place except where the reconstruction is an accurate restoration of a significant missing character-defining element
- Replacement of repairable historic building materials, features or character-defining elements
- Poor, weak, inaccurate or inappropriate imitation of character-defining elements
- Purchase of historic place or moving from historic location
- Ongoing operation or regular routine maintenance tenant improvements unless those that preserve or restore character-defining elements
- Energy retrofitting or upgrading
- Utilities services and installation
- Installation of new services or amenities such as handicap access, elevators, washrooms
- Equipment, such as cameras, computers and related hardware, tools, machinery
- Construction insurance and permits
- Wall insulation
- Administration, financial reporting, fundraising, preparing the grant application and similar activities
- Expenses incurred prior to date of receipt of grant application by program office
- Projects seeking debt reduction, such as repayment of loans or shortfall on completed projects
- Projects that have already been funded by the Foundation

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants are expected to contribute at least 50% of eligible project value.

Consult with program staff before applying to ensure eligibility and compliance with the Standard and Guidelines of Historic Places in Canada.

Application deadlines are the first working day of February and September.

Applicants will be notified about the results during the following times:
-June/July for the February grant cycle
-December/January for the September grant cycle

For more information, read the HPPP Guidelines for Conservation Projects:
https://open.alberta.ca/publications/ahrf-heritage-preservation-partnership-program-guidelines-grants-for-conservation-projects

Work will be inspected by the Heritage Conservation Adviser and must comply with the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada:
http://www.historicplaces.ca/en/pages/standards-normes.aspx

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Carina Naranjilla, Program Coordinator
780-431-2305
Carina.Naranjilla@gov.ab.ca

Alberta Historical Resources Foundation
Old St. Stephen’s College Building
8820-112 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5T 5W2

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Canada: Alberta