Heritage Grant Program

Grants to Saint John, New Brunswick Property Owners
to Conserve Historic Buildings and Storefronts

GrantWatch ID#: 175572
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City of Saint John


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Grants of up to $7,500 to Saint John, New Brunswick property owners for the conservation of historic buildings in designated heritage areas. Applicants must obtain the appropriate permits prior to submitting an application. The purpose of these grants is to help property owners maintain the character-defining appearance of the City.

Funding may be used to retain traditional materials and details of character-defining elements and, if necessary, replace them with new components, matching the original materials and profiles. Please note that these grants are not construction subsidies.

Primary Goals:

- To encourage retention of heritage buildings and their character-defining elements, including their materials and details.
- To maximize conservation of the character-defining elements of designated heritage buildings using an approach of understanding, documenting, planning (for proposed use) and then intervening.

Secondary Goals:

- To create employment opportunities for the citizens of Saint John;
- To discourage demolition of designated heritage buildings;
- To reduce waste and the impact on the environment by demonstrating that the greenest building is one that already exists;
- To encourage owners to undertake necessary but costly major projects.

Categories of Grants:

1) 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.

2) 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:

-Minor funding: 25% up to a maximum of $7,500 for maintenance work, as outlined in the Conservation Plan.

-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.

3) 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.

Note: For appropriate materials and restoration approaches, please see the Practical Conservation Guidelines on the City’s website, which can also be picked up in person at the Growth and Community Development Services offices.

Heritage Maintenance Grant: Up to $750 per year.
Heritage Conservation Grant: Up to $7,500.

Projects must be completed prior to the Grant Summary Form deadline of November 30. Grant funding for projects not completed by the end of the calendar year will be forfeited except in exceptional circumstances.

Grants are awarded based on the Property Identification Number (PID) rather than per civic address. Each PID is eligible to receive one grant per category per year.

Property must be a non-government owned designated heritage property located within one of the designated Saint John Conservation Heritage Areas. Refer to the Saint John Heritage Conservation Areas By-Law for a listing of properties. A copy of the By-Law can be found on the City’s website, picked up in person at the Growth and Community Development Services office, or an official copy at the Common Clerk’s office.

Property must be covered by insurance.

Property owner must be in good standing with the City of Saint John and shall not have unpaid property taxes.

Property owner must not have any outstanding property-related by-law violations and/or building permit violations.

Ineligible Costs:
-Contemporary materials such as but not limited to vinyl or aluminum clad windows, steel doors, or vinyl siding.
-Work carried out prior to issuance of a Certificate of Appropriateness [Heritage Permit].
-Work carried out without required building permits in place prior to work being undertaken.
-Work related to landscaping, roof replacement, or infill construction.
-Owner performed labor.
-Poor or defective work as identified by the Heritage Officer and/or Building Inspector.

Heritage Maintenance Grants and Heritage Conservation Grants for minor projects provide 25% of project costs, up to the grant maximum. Heritage Conservation Grants for major projects provide 45% of project costs.

Be sure that you have an approved Certificate of Appropriateness [Heritage Permit] in place for work. Contact Building and Inspection Services to determine if a Building Permit is required for your project. If one is required, be sure your permit has been issued prior to completing the heritage grant application form.

Then, you may complete the Heritage Grant Application form. Drop off your completed Heritage Grant Application form to Heritage Services, 10th floor City Hall.

If accepted, you will receive a letter of conditional grant approval and a Grant Summary Form for the scope of work this year.

Once your project is complete you must notify Heritage Services and Building and Inspection Services to arrange for required inspections. Allow two weeks for the inspection to be scheduled and completed.

Drop off your completed Grant Summary Form to Heritage Services, 10th floor City Hall. Your complete submission will be accepted up until November 30. Be sure that legible photocopies of all paid invoices and receipts are included in the itemized summary and are attached to the form.

Upon successful review of your Grant Summary Form, The City will release grant payments within 60 days of your submission, provided all requirements are met.

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

Heritage Services
Growth and Community Development Services
10th Floor, City Hall
PO Box 1971
Saint John, NB
E2L 4L1

(506) 658-2835

City of Saint John

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