To better serve our Heritage Stakeholders, guidelines and application forms for the 2018-19 Heritage Grants, under the Heritage Development Fund (Built Heritage) offered by the Province of Nova Scotia to eligible owners of Municipal properties registered under the Heritage Property Act, are now available.
Conservation Advice and Conservation Work Grants
Owners of a Registered Municipal Heritage property (including those located within an approved Municipal Heritage Conservation district) may apply for a conservation advice grant to support 50% of the costs to prepare the conservation advice report to a maximum of $3,000.
Only Registered Municipal Heritage properties used either for religious worship or community, non-profit purposes are eligible, may apply for a Conservation Work Grant to support up to 50% of the eligible conservation work costs up to a maximum of $7,500 every two years.
Property owners are responsible to review the revised program guidelines, including a provision supporting the Culture Action Plan to ensure your proposed conservation project can be considered.
Should you have any questions on these grants, or would like to obtain an application form and guideline document, please call 902-424-5647.
In addition to the grants described above, Service Nova Scotia continues to offer a Provincial Tax Rebate (under the Sales Tax Act). This program provides Heritage property owners a full rebate of the Provincial Sales Tax paid for eligible materials used for the repair, improvement or restoration of the exterior of a Heritage property. The property's owner should complete a pdf Municipal Confirmation Form (282 KB) and include with their submission. For more information on this tax rebate program, please contact Service Nova Scotia at 902-424-2850
Should you have any questions on these incentives, or would like to obtain an application form and guideline documents, please call 902-424-5647.
Heritage Property Act
The Heritage Property Act (HPA) of Nova Scotia was established to identify, designate, preserve, conserve, protect and rehabilitate buildings, structures, streetscapes, areas and districts that have historic, architectural, or cultural value. These features can be found in urban and rural environments – what matters is that they speak to us, and should be preserved for future generations.
In 1990, the Act was amended to so that municipalities could establish heritage conservation districts. Under these auspices, the Town of Yarmouth has established a Heritage Property By-law and the Collins Heritage Conservation District. For properties located within the District, we may control alterations to existing structures, demolitions, and the design of new structures being built. To learn more about the HPA, please visit the Nova Scotia Legislature website.