The Waterloo Regional Heritage Foundation, thanks to an annual per-capita allocation from the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, offers funding for investment in heritage-related endeavours. Since 1973, the Foundation has distributed over $1,000,000 to a wide variety of projects throughout the Region of Waterloo.
There are three types of grants available: Project/Event Grants, Building Grants, and Publication Grants.
Grants are made to promote:
- An understanding of, and appreciation for our local heritage
- Preserving in perpetuity places, objects, events or figures of local heritage or historical significance
- Public accessibility. For publications, this may involve placing copies in public or school libraries. Buildings or sites should be open or visible to the public.
- The completion of deserving undertakings that may not otherwise reach completion.
Any individual or group in the Region of Waterloo may apply for funding.
Project /Event Grants assist in events or programs that are focused on local heritage preservation and appreciation.
Building Grants assist in the acquisition, holding, preservation, maintenance, conservation, restoration, reconstruction, and management of property, heritage landmarks, historic buildings and objects of historical, architectural, recreational, aesthetic or scenic significance in Waterloo Region.
Publication Grants support the publication of works such as books, manuscripts, pamphlets, guides, or maps of historical significance to Waterloo Region. Support will be considered for a portion of a larger project when the portion relates to the heritage of the Region, even though the total project may encompass something of a broader nature. Authors are encouraged to contact the Waterloo Regional Heritage Foundation as soon as an outline for the publication is available for examination.