Kelowna leaves cash grants program to heritage society

Fire hall on Water Street in Kelowna.

ANY BUILDING ON THE HERITAGE REGISTRY IS ELIGIBLE FOR CONSERVATION GRANTS

CENTRAL OKANAGAN - Heritage preservation grants and who gets them will continue to be the responsibility of the Central Okanagan Heritage Society.

Kelowna city council agreed Monday to enter into another year-long contract with the society to administer its annual heritage grant program.

Any property listed on the Kelowna heritage register is eligible for the grant program.

Aimed at heritage buildings of all kinds, the grant program assists owners by paying a portion of the cost of conservation projects.

The society charges $8,733 to administer the program, which distributes up to $35,000 each year.

Recognizing the costs of maintaining and restoring heritage properties, the city began the program in 1991. It has been administered by the society since 2008.

Council also heard from the society about the events connected to Heritage Week in the Central Okanagan, which runs from Feb. 15 to 21.

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