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Heritage Resources Conservation Grant

Grants to Manitoba Property Owners, Municipalities, Nonprofits,
and Associations to Preserve Historic Properties

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Grants of up to $5,000 and grants of up to $25,000 to Manitoba property owners, municipalities, nonprofit organizations, and associations to preserve eligible historically significant properties. Funding is intended for research, planning, capital projects, long-term maintenance, and education.

The Heritage Resources Conservation Grant program will support projects that demonstrate a commitment towards the conservation and long-term sustainability of heritage properties legally protected under The Heritage Resources Act or the City of Winnipeg Bylaw 55/2014.

The program prioritizes conservation activities that are in accordance with The Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada, which establishes a consistent set of conservation principles and guidelines adopted by federal-provincial-territorial heritage agencies.

The Heritage Resources Conservation Grant program consists of five interdependent sub-programs, or grant program categories (percentage of available annual funding for each category is indicated):

  • Research (5%): Research exclusively focused on understanding of the heritage value of a place or places. For potential new designations, research is an essential step in establishing whether a municipality should consider resources for designation. For places already designated, research can help recover the original integrity of a place, distinguishing its original features from later additions or alterations. 
  • Conservation Planning (10%): A conservation plan, prepared by a design professional (architect, engineer) or specialized heritage conservation consultant, identifies the present condition of the resource and presents a prioritized sequence of required work items, which will serve to preserve, rehabilitate and/or restore the resource to meet the needs of the owner.
  • Capital Projects (75%): Before undertaking capital work to conserve heritage resources, applicants are encouraged to seek professional advice – see Conservation Planning. All proposed work must comply with the Standards & Guidelines.
  • Endowments/Long Term Maintenance (5%): An endowment can provide stable, long-term funding to maintain an important heritage resource, following the completion of critical conservation work. Investing 2% of the heritage resource’s replacement value annually towards its maintenance and repair is recommended.
  • Education/Training (5%): Independent qualified researchers and trained local heritage tradespersons are essential to undertake high quality, heritage conservation work and ensure long-term stability of a designated heritage resource. Accredited organizations or groups may sponsor or deliver training workshops to develop skills in the various heritage trades or enhance membership or owner/caretaker knowledge of designated heritage resources and heritage conservation approaches. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 187643

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Research: Up to $5,000.
- Conservation Planning: Up to $5,000.
- Capital Projects: Up to $25,000.
- Endowments/Long Term Maintenance: Up to $25,000.
- Education/Training: Flexibility on matching ratio. More than 50% provincial funding may be considered on a case-by case basis.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In order to receive grant assistance, an applicant must meet at least one of the following criteria:

- Applicant owns, or is a long-term lessee* of, a heritage property legally protected, or ‘designated’, under The Heritage Resources Act.
- Applicant owns, or is a long-term lessee* of, a heritage property legally protected, or ‘listed’, under the City of Winnipeg Bylaw 55/2014, prior to April 1, 2019.
- Applicant is a Municipal government, a professional association or a non-profit organization with charitable status responsible for the management of legally protected heritage properties.
Note: An exception is that Municipal governments or owners of potential heritage sites may apply for Research grants leading to new designations – see Grant Program Categories).

* An applicant who is a lessee with a long-term lease must have written permission from the owner to undertake the proposed conservation project

Funding is intended to benefit Manitoba.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for applications is January 15 each year. Please consult the Branch well in advance of your submission (four to six weeks before deadline is recommended).

Provincial funding for research, conservation planning, and capital projects is available for funding on a 1:1 matching basis (up to 50% of project expenses provided by the grant).

For the establishment after June 11, 2019 of endowments for long-term maintenance of a site, the Province will provide $1 for every $2 raised, to a $25,000 maximum.

Grant payments are claimed by submitting Financial Activity Reports to the Historic Resources Branch in Winnipeg following completion of the work (or a portion of the work). Approved Research, Conservation Planning or Capital Projects grants may be paid out to project sponsors on a progress payment basis, for the portion of work completed. Due to budget limitations in a given fiscal year, the reimbursement of requests for progress payments may be delayed until the following fiscal year.

Contact Information:

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

Please forward the application and all supporting documents to the Historic Resources Branch or your Regional Services Office. (Please see page 8 of the RFP document to locate your Regional Services Office.)

Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage
Historic Resources Branch
Main Floor, 213 Notre Dame Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3B 1N3
Winnipeg: 204-945-2118
MB: 1-800-282-8069 ext. 2118

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