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Important

The annual application deadline is the first working day of February.

Applicants are generally notified of grant decisions in May or June.

Successful applicants have until February 28 of the following year to complete their projects and submit invoices/receipts of eligible expenses.

Successful applicants will receive half of their grant upon initiation of their project. To request the final payment, grant recipients will submit invoices/receipts for the entire project.

Grant funding is no longer available for the conservation of unprotected historic resources, cemeteries and transportation/industrial artifacts. Only owners/stewards of Provincial Historic Resources, Municipal Historic Resources, and Indigenous Historic Places recognized through a Band Council Resolution are eligible to apply for grants for conservation work.

The program no longer offers grant funding for the non-conservation components of heritage conservation projects, nor will it fund GST expenses.

Overview

The Heritage Preservation Partnership Program 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 work on Alberta's Provincial Historic Resources, Municipal Historic Resources and Indigenous Historic Places
  • studies and professional services associated with the conservation of Provincial Historic Resources, Municipal Historic Resources and Indigenous Historic Places. Other undesignated historic resources may also be eligible. Please contact the Heritage Conservation Adviser for your region or the Program Coordinator.

Provincial Historic Resources and Municipal Historic Resources are historic places that are formally recognized and legally protected through the process of designation. Provincial Historic Resources are designated by the province and Municipal Historic Resources are designated by municipalities. These are listed on the Alberta Register of Historic Places.

Indigenous Historic Places are located on reserve land and cannot be designated as Provincial or Municipal Historic Resources but recognized with a Band Council Resolution.

The same application form is used to apply for these grants.

Applicants are expected to contribute at least 50% of the total eligible project cost.

For more information, read the Guidelines for Historic Resource Conservation Grants.

Funding

There are 2 separate funding opportunities available to applicants.

Grants for Conservation Work

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

The maximum matching grants are as follows:

  Maximum matching grant
Provincial Historic Resources $100,000 per historic place
Municipal Historic Resources $50,000 per historic place
Indigenous historic places $50,000 per historic place

Studies and professional services grants

In addition to a grant for conservation work, a matching of grant of $25,000 is also available for studies, reports, plans and professional services for architects, engineers and other professional consultants associated with the conservation of a historic place. The same maximum grant applies to all historic resources regardless of designation.

Eligibility

Eligible applicants

The following applicants may apply for the grant:

  • individuals that reside in Alberta or have a permanent Alberta address
  • registered organizations in Alberta:
    • non-profit organizations
    • corporations
    • municipalities
    • churches
    • schools and other educational institutions
    • First Nations
    • Metis Settlements

Ineligible applicants

The following applicants are not eligible to apply:

  • Provincial government departments
  • Friends organizations associated with government owned and operated historic sites and interpretive centres

How to apply

Step 1. Consult with a heritage conservation adviser or program coordinator.

Consult with us before applying to ensure eligibility and compliance with the 'Standard and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada'.

Email the Program Coordinator or call 780-431-2305 to get started.

Step 2. Review the guidelines

Step 3. Complete the application form and gather all supporting documents.

Fill out a paper or electronic copy of the Historic Resource Conservation Grant Application Form (PDF, 464 KB).

When preparing the project budget, you may use the template for Cash Costs (XLSX, 13 KB) and In-kind Costs (XLSX, 13 KB)

The application must include the following:

  • project budget and timelines
  • contractor's estimates for proposed work or invoices/receipts for completed work
  • other supporting documents listed in the application form

Applications for Municipal Historic Resources must include a written approval from the municipality for the conservation work identified on the application. Review a sample letter (PDF, 652 KB).

Step 4. Submit your application package

Drop off, mail, send by courier or email application to:

Heritage Preservation Partnership Program
Old St. Stephen’s College Building
8820 112 Street
Edmonton, Alberta  T6G 2P8
[email protected]

Application deadline is the first working day of February.

After you apply

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 and complete reporting requirements by February 28 of the following year
  • status of previous projects/grants
  • grant program’s budget

Applicants are generally notified of the funding decision in May or June.

Grant payments

Grant recipients will be asked to sign a Grant Funding Agreement. The Agreement will provide the terms and conditions of the grant.

Successful applicants will receive half of their grant upon initiation of their project.

To request the final payment, grant recipients will submit the following:

  • Record of Project Expenses form (PDF, 150 KB) for the entire project
  • invoices, receipts of cash expenditures and statement of donated labour, materials, services, equipment (if applicable) for the entire project

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.

Reporting and grant conditions

Grant recipients have until February 28 of the following year to complete their project, access their grant and complete reporting requirements.

Grant recipients must publicly acknowledge the Alberta government’s financial support. Recognition may be on print, online, through media outlets or event opportunities.

Contact

Connect with the Program Coordinator:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-431-2305 (in Alberta)
Toll free: dial 310-0000 before the number (in Alberta)
Email: [email protected]

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