06 Jan

Grant program supports heritage property preservation

Picton, ON – The County is now accepting applications for the Heritage Property Grant Program.

“The first intake of the grant program in 2018 supported some outstanding rehabilitation and restoration work, such as the rehabilitation of the exterior of Niles House, a 200-year-old property in Hillier,” says Steve Ferguson, Mayor, County of Prince Edward. “We want to see this continue in 2020, and we encourage property owners to conserve or enhance the character-defining elements of their designated heritage properties.”

To be eligible, the property must be:

• Designated under the Ontario Heritage Act including individually designated properties; or,
• Within the Picton Heritage Conservation District and contributing to the cultural heritage value of the district.

Properties must also:

• Be in compliance with the Ontario Heritage Act and any Prince Edward County by-laws; and,
• Have no taxes or other monies owing to the municipality.

The grants will support work such as building façade improvements, rear or sidewall façade improvements, structural improvements, interior or exterior rehabilitation, landscaping and property improvement, or signage improvements.

The municipality is now accepting applications for the program. The application deadline is January 15, 2020. Visit the County website for more details, including the application guideline document. For more information or inquiries, contact Paul Walsh, Manager of Planning, at 613.476.2148 ext. 2025 or email pwalsh@pecounty.on.ca.

The Prince Edward Heritage Advisory Committee (PEHAC) spearheaded the development of the Heritage Property Grant Program in 2018. Municipal staff administers the grant program, with PEHAC reviewing and commenting on the applications.

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For media inquiries, please contact Mark Kerr, Media and Communications Coordinator, at 613.476.2148 ext. 1009 or by email at mkerr@pecounty.on.ca