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Heritage Incentive Grant Program

The Heritage Incentive Grant Program offers the opportunity for designated heritage property owners across the Municipality to receive funding for projects with priority being given to applications which address the designated heritage features of the property.

A grant will cover up to 50% of the costs of the eligible works per building to a maximum of $2000 for exterior work, or $1000 for interior work with a combined maximum of $3000 per property owner. Read more about the Heritage Incentive Grant including eligible works, or for information on the Bowmanville, Orono, and Newcastle Community Improvement Programs.

Community Improvement Plans

A Community Improvement Plan (CIP) is a comprehensive community-based planning study.  A CIP articulates a vision for the continued prosperity of an area. It is based on an assessment of past experience and future prospects, along with a realistic ‘road map’ of how to get there. CIPs are special types of studies identified in the Planning Act, Municipal Act, and Official Plans. They are special because upon completion and adoption, they give the municipality extra powers, such as the ability to provide building incentives and grant programs, development charge exemptions for a specific portion of the municipality, etc. In addition, they may be eligible for funding from other levels of government.

Clarington has three Community Improvement Plans; they are for the downtown areas of Orono, Bowmanville, and Newcastle.  While the CIP’s are not specifically about heritage conservation they are a mechanism for providing grant monies to assist the owners of heritage buildings with upgrades and maintenance within specific geographical areas.  In all of the downtown areas there are grants available for historical façade works, building code upgrades and other non-heritage related items.  It is through the CIP grant programs that the three downtowns have seen upgrades and rehabilitations that are in keeping with the historical streetscapes.

Doors Open

In June of 2009 the Clarington Branch of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario was formed. 
This group has taken on the role of organizing the Doors Open tours for Clarington on an annual basis. |

The tours are organized around clusters of heritage resources in the rural and urban areas.   The Clarington Doors Open tours have exceeded the provincial average for attendance on an annual basis.  Typically over 2000 residents and visitors have attended the sites in Clarington on a single day in June.  Previous Doors Open sites can be viewed online. Events such as Doors Open are listed as one of the initiatives of the Clarington Strategic Plan.


Trees for Rural Roads

In the middle and late 19th century, farmers planted native maples taken from their woodlots along their property edges and on their lane ways. In the 1870s, the Ontario Government provided incentives to farmers to plant roadsides with trees from their woodlots. The majority of trees planted were maples. This gave rise to an important element in the rural landscape-lines of stately maples alongside roads and separating farmer’s fields. The legacy of maple trees is embedded in many people’s memories and part of the rural aesthetic.

The Trees for Rural Roads program seeks to under-plant existing mature street trees on our rural roads with young native trees (whips, not caliper size) through a partnership with local Conservation Authorities, landowners, other funding partners and the environmental stewardship funds from the Municipality of Clarington’s budget beginning in 2012.  Applications are due by April 15.