What kind of financial support can I receive to conserve my registered heritage property?
Under the Heritage Development Fund (Built Heritage), the Province of Nova Scotia offers grants to eligible owners of properties protected under the Heritage Property Act to better support these important heritage resources.
Heritage Development Fund (Built Heritage)
Conservation Advice Grants
This grant will support fees associated to prepare a conservation report by a professional (such as a licensed architect or engineer) engaged to advise on the exterior conservation or structural integrity of a building or monument/grave marker located within a cemetery registered under the Heritage Property Act.
Eligible applicants include owners of registered provincial heritage properties, municipally registered heritage properties, and properties located within an approved municipal heritage conservation district.
The maximum grant available will be 50% of the costs to prepare the conservation advice report to a maximum of $3,000. Please review the conservation advice guidelines for more details.
Conservation Work Grants
This grant will support costs associated with the exterior conservation of an eligible registered heritage property. Costs to address a structural integrity issue will also be considered.
The amount of the grants available will be:
- Up to 50% of the eligible conservation work costs to a maximum of $10,000 every two years for owners of a registered provincial heritage property; or
- Up to 50% of the eligible conservation work costs to a maximum of $7,500 every two years for owners of a registered municipal heritage property (including those located within an approved municipal heritage conservation district) used as places of worship or for a registered not-for-profit association.
Registered municipal heritage properties that are owned privately by individuals or corporations are not eligible. Properties owned by either the province or a municipality are not eligible for this grant. Please review the conservation work guidelines for more details.
Service Nova Scotia offers a Provincial Tax Rebate (under the Sales Tax Act). Heritage property owners are eligible for a full rebate of the provincial sales tax paid for materials used on the exterior of the building.
Please contact Service Nova Scotia at 902-424-2850 for more information about the tax rebate.