Hamilton Heritage Conservation Grant Program

The Hamilton Heritage Conservation Grant Program provides matching grants between $1,000 to $5,000 for the conservation and restoration of cultural heritage resources.

The objective of this program is to assist in the on-going conservation of heritage properties designated under the Ontario Heritage Act that are not eligible for the Hamilton Heritage Property Grant Program.

Program eligibility requirements include:

  • The eligible property must not be in arrears or default of any municipal taxes.
  • The eligible property must not be the subject to any outstanding Fire Code, Building Code or Property Standards orders. Any outstanding violations on the property for which the grant is sought must be addressed prior to any grant monies being advanced.
  • The existing use of the eligible property must be in compliance with applicable Zoning By-law regulations and other relevant planning regulations.
  • Owners and tenants of eligible properties may apply for assistance. Tenants are required to provide documentation of the property owner’s consent to the improvements with their application.
  • Eligible properties owned by any level of government are not eligible for the Program, except in the following cases where:
    • the property is under long-term lease to an individual and the tenant or lessee is the applicant; or,
    • a non-profit community group has assumed, by long-term lease or legal  agreement, responsibility for the building and the non-profit community group is the applicant.

Eligible conservation work includes:

The types of eligible conservation work include, but are not limited to:

  • The conservation of significant architectural features. This may include the conservation or restoration of: doors, windows, verandahs, cupolas, chimneys, bargeboard or other decorative trim, parapets, cornices, hood mouldings and any other features important to the overall composition of the structure as specified in the Reasons for Designation, the Statement of Cultural Heritage Value of Interest or, a description of the Heritage Attributes accompanying the designating by-law under the Ontario Heritage Act.
  • The reconstruction of former and significant architectural features for which the appearance can be clearly determined from documentary sources  such as photographs or drawings
  • The conservation or renewal of original siding and roofing materials including repair and replacement, where necessary, of wood clapboard or board-and-batten, repair and repointing of masonry buildings, stucco repair, repair or replacement of original roofing materials such as slate, wood shingles or tile. Eligible work also includes removal of a modern material such as synthetic siding or asphalt shingles and replacement with documented original materials.
  • Cleaning of masonry buildings may be eligible if it is necessary for the building's conservation. Under no circumstances will grants be paid for any form of abrasive cleaning, such as sandblasting, sodablasting or high-pressure water cleaning. Planning staff approval is required as to cleaning method to be employed before work is undertaken.
  • Exterior painting in documented original colours. Colours must be documented for the individual building or be proved to have been a common contemporary colour in the area. Painting of unpainted masonry is not eligible.

The following are ineligible for grant assistance:

  • Ineligible work includes any work or projects of a non-heritage nature, works that focus on non-heritage attributes, new additions, spaces, features and finishes, new construction, or any works that may diminish the cultural heritage value of the property.
  • Repair, maintenance, reconstruction or improvements to the following are ineligible for grant assistance, unless specifically identified and described in the Reasons for Designation, the Statement of Cultural Heritage Value of Interest or, a description of the Heritage Attributes:
    • Repair of non-original siding or roofing materials such as aluminum siding, asphalt or shingles.
    • Landscaping.
    • Work on modern additions.
    • Work on sheds or outbuildings.
    • Installation of modern doors and windows, unless replicas of the original.
    • Installation of new storm or screen doors and windows.
    • Chimney repairs other than restoration of a significant chimney.
    • Repair of eavestrough unless its nature is such that it is significant to the heritage of the structure.
    • Repairs to or renewal of modern materials.
    • Painting previously unpainted masonry.
    • Interior Work
    • Abrasive cleaning such as sandblasting or sodablasting,  or high-pressure water cleaning.

The final determination of what constitutes eligible and ineligible work is at the discretion of Planning staff.

Eligible costs

Eligible costs shall be the costs of materials, equipment and contracted labour to complete eligible conservation, restoration or preservation work, documented by invoices to the satisfaction of Planning and Urban Renewal staff. Labour provided by the applicant or tenant of the property will not be an eligible cost.

The grant is paid, subject to compliance with these terms and conditions of the Program, upon completion of the conditionally approved work.

Before you apply

Prospective applicants must consult with Planning staff as early as possible in the process of planning a project. This pre-consultation is required to:

  • determine eligibility
  • avoid delays in the processing of an application
  • determine if a Heritage Permit is required

How to apply

  1. Review the full program description, including program term (PDF, 179 KB)
  2. Complete the Hamilton Heritage Conservation Grant Program application form (PDF, 26 KB) and submit in person or by mail to:

    City of Hamilton
    71 Main Street West, 7th Floor
    Hamilton, Ontario, L8P 4Y5
    Attention: Hazel Milsome, Co-ordinator of Urban Renewal Incentives
  3. You will need to pay the $90.40 administration fee when you submit your application.