Community Heritage Grants

To help promote heritage conservation in the District, we provide grants to individuals or organizations who are interested in heritage planning, conservation, or educational projects.

In July 2021, Council approved updates to the Community Heritage Grant program to increase funding amounts and add eligible categories.

The application period for 2024 runs from May 30 to September 2.

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Project categories   

There are three Community Heritage Grant categories:

Project category  Description Grant amount
Heritage Planning

Includes preparation of a Statement of Significance, conservation and maintenance plan, or both.

Up to $1,000 based on 50% of project costs

Heritage Conservation

Includes repair and restoration to heritage property, or maintenance of designated heritage trees.

Legally protected heritage properties: Up to $10,000 based on 50% of project costs

Heritage Register properties: Up to $5,000 based on 50% of project costs

Other heritage properties: Up to $1,000 based on 50% of project costs

Heritage Awareness and Education

Includes events or materials that increase public awareness, understanding, and appreciation of our built, natural, cultural, and social heritage.

Up to $1,000

Not-for-profit and charitable organizations are eligible to receive grants of up to 75% of project costs for Heritage Planning and Heritage Conservation projects.

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An overview of grant conditions

Heritage Planning or Heritage Conservation projects

  • Location of the project must be within the District of North Vancouver
  • Your property taxes must be fully paid when you apply
  • Your property must currently conform with all applicable bylaws
  • Any conservation or restoration work must be done with appropriate permits and comply with applicable bylaws
  • The work must be done within one year of receiving grant approval, or have been completed within one year before your grant application
  • One grant application per property per year may be considered

Heritage Awareness and Education projects

  • The project must be done within one year of receiving grant approval, or have been completed within one year before your grant application
  • One grant application per individual, group, or organization per year may be considered

You will be required to submit photos and itemized paid invoices for eligible costs upon project completion to receive grant funding.

Please review our Community Heritage Grants Policy and Terms of Reference for the complete list of conditions.

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Who can apply

Heritage Planning or Heritage Conservation projects

You can apply once per property, per year, for a grant if you are a:

  • property owner
  • tenant with written support from the property owner

Heritage Awareness and Education projects

You can apply once per year for a grant if you are a(n):

  • individual
  • business
  • community group
  • not-for-profit or federally registered charity organization
  • First Nations government

This grant is not available to employees of the District of North Vancouver, or properties owned by municipal or senior levels of government.

Properties owned by the District of North Vancouver, where leased with building maintenance responsibility assigned to the lessee, are eligible.

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How to apply

You will submit your application online using our grant application system. To apply:

  1. Review our Community Heritage Grants Policy, Terms of Reference, the Heritage Strategic Plan, and the information on this page to ensure you understand the purpose of the grant and confirm that you qualify
  2. Gather electronic versions of the documents that you need to attach to your online application
  3. Select the ‘Apply now’ button to launch the online application system
  4. If this is your first time applying using our system, you will be asked to create an account
  5. Once you have created an account, you can complete the online application form and upload your documents (note that you will be able to save your application in progress at any time, and return to complete it later)

Apply now

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Is my project eligible?

Heritage Planning or Heritage Conservation projects

Your property must meet at least one of the following requirements:

If your property is not identified as one of these heritage resources, you can still be considered for grant funding if you provide a Statement of Significance from a registered heritage professional which identifies that the property has heritage character and value.

Heritage Awareness and Education projects

Your event must be open to the public in the District and can include:

  • Heritage events (such as workshops, storytelling, festivals, walking tours, and cultural performances)
  • Information materials (such as brochures, posters, webpages, and websites)  

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Information we ask for in your application

The application form includes a number of questions within each of these categories:

  1. Contact details
  2. Project category
  3. Details of your project, including the heritage or conservation significance
  4. Project scope, timeline and status
  5. Detailed estimate of costs

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Documents to include with your application

When you complete your online application form, you will be asked to upload these documents:

Heritage Planning

  • Current photos
  • Historic photos (if available)
  • Itemized cost estimates and invoices
  • Land title record
  • Charity or BC Society Number (if applicable)
  • Statement of Significance (if available)
  • Conservation and Maintenance Plan (if available)

Heritage Conservation

  • Before and after photos of the project
  • Historic photos (if available)
  • Land title record
  • Charity or BC Society Number (if applicable)
  • Itemized cost estimates and invoices
  • Foundation, building, elevation, and floor plans (if applicable)

Heritage Awareness and Education

  • Itemized cost estimates and invoices
  • Charity or BC Society Number (if applicable)

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After you apply

When you successfully submit your application, you will receive an email confirming we have received it. Staff will review your application and contact you if they require any additional information.

Staff and the Community Heritage Advisory Committee will review all applications and make recommendations to Council for consideration and approval.

If you are selected to receive a grant, you will be contacted in November or December 2024.

Upon completion of a Statement of Significance or Conservation and Maintenance Plan, the property may be added to the Heritage Register at the District’s sole discretion.

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How we evaluate applications

The Community Heritage Advisory Committee uses specific criteria to evaluate all applications.

Proposals that align with the goals of the Heritage Strategic Plan and our Community Heritage Grant Policy will receive priority.

Our heritage priorities include:

  • Repairs that maintain the unique features of heritage buildings
  • Restoration work that matches the building's original style
  • Rehabilitation to ensure ongoing use
  • Projects that follow the Standards and Guidelines for Conservation of Historic Places in Canada
  • Maintenance work on Designated Heritage Trees to keep them healthy and visually appealing
  • Improvements for accessibility and seismic safety in heritage buildings used by the public

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Who to contact for help

If you have questions about the grant or application process, or you need help with your application, contact:

Isabelle Kim
Community Planning
604.990.2261
kimi@dnv.org 

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Preserving our heritage

Ensuring we have a clear sense of identity and place — and a legacy that links our past, present, and future — is one of the objectives of our Official Community Plan.

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