SCUGOG: A new heritage grant recently received a warm welcome from Scugog council.
At the recent council meeting on Monday, Nov. 2, councillors endorsed the Heritage and Museum Advisory Committee’s structure for a new grant program for heritage buildings in the township. The grant will be a 50/50 match program and will be available for building owners in the heritage district looking to improve the facades of their buildings to build on the renowned historic feel of the area.
As well as an endorsement, Scugog council is going to allocate $35,000 during the 2016 municipal budget process for the program.
“That should allow for about three, maybe four really good size projects to be approved each year,” Marina Brock, Vice Chair of the committee explained to councillors.
Under the program’s guidlines, property owners can apply for projects up to $10,000, with an additional $5,000 available for “contributing heritage buildings.” Contributing buildings are those buildings in the heritage district that are heritage buildings. Ms. Brock said an example of a non-heritage building that lies within the district is Captain George’s Fish & Chips.
The Heritage Permit sub committee will decide on which projects will receive facade improvement funding. Ms. Brock said that the main focus for the grant program will be projects that improve downtown Port Perry’s heritage value.
“We are looking for projects that enhance heritage, restore features and contribute to the overall heritage landscape,” she said.
Regional Councillor Bobbie Drew fully supported the proposal, commenting that the committee has “done a marvelous job.”
The idea for the heritage grant was first presented to council at a June meeting. Similar grant opportunities exist as Community Improvement Programs in other municipalities in the area, such as Uxbridge.