Facade Conservation & Enhancement Grant Program
The Façade Conservation & Enhancement Program provides grants to property owners and businesses located in established commercial areas to enhance the overall street character.
How much funding is available?
- Projects $5,000 and under are eligible for a grant of up to $2,500. The Adjudication Committee may award a base amount of 85% of the budgeted cost and 15% for Heritage Rehabilitation and/or Urban Design elements.
- Projects over $5,000 are eligible for a grant of up to 50% of the budgeted costs up to a maximum of $20,000. The Adjudication Committee may award a base amount of 25% of the budgeted costs, up to 10% for Heritage Rehabilitation, and up to 15% for Urban Design elements.
Is my project eligible for the Grant?
- The project must involve the conservation or rejuvenation of the facade of a commercial property.
- The site must be located in a Business Improvement District (BID) area or a key commercial area within the following neighbourhoods: Kelsey-Woodlawn, Mayfair, Caswell Hill, Westmount, King George, and West Industrial.
- Projects must enhance the building facade and be designed to respect other buildings in the neighbourhood.
- The Adjudication Committee reserves the right to decline applications that have received previous funding under this program.
- Projects which are only maintenance, painting, or signage will not be funded. Exceptions to this provision may be granted at the discretion of the Adjudication Committee.
How is the program administered?
The City of Saskatoon, Planning and Development Division directly administers the program. The Heritage Coordinator receives the applications, facilitates the process, and presents the project to the Façade Conservation & Enhancement Adjudication Committee.
How do I apply?
Submit your application to the Heritage Coordinator at the City of Saskatoon.
Please note that the Adjudication Committee reviews projects up to four times a year and funding is awarded on a first come, first serve basis and will be awarded until the funding has been allocated for the year. Completed applications must be submitted prior to commencement of the work. Failure to do so will result in not qualifying for funding.
What is the Façade Grant Adjudication Committee?
The Committee consists of City administration and the Executive Directors from the Business Improvement Districts within Saskatoon. The Final Grant Amount is determined by the Adjudication Committee through a Proposal Evaluation based on Urban Design and Heritage Rehabilitation Criteria.
In the proposal evaluation process, what is considered for Urban Design and Heritage Rehabilitation incentives?
Urban Design Incentives will be awarded to projects that create an attractive environment, relate to neighbourhood context, improve the overall street character, use quality materials, and incorporate good design concepts. Renovations may include, but are not necessarily limited to re-facing or re-finishing of the facade, doors, windows, awnings, graphics and exterior lighting.
Heritage Rehabilitation Incentives will be awarded to projects that undertake rehabilitation of character defining elements of the facade (historic architectural features and details). Generally, buildings over 40 years old are eligible. All work must be sympathetic to the overall building character and streetscape.