Heritage Foundation pauses funding for internal strategic review

Posted on Friday May 13, 2022

Region of Waterloo – The Waterloo Regional Heritage Foundation is temporarily pausing the acceptance of grant applications to enable a review of their strategic priorities.

As part of its budget deliberations in December 2021, Region of Waterloo Council opted to pause funding to the Heritage Foundation as the Region undertakes a review of its overall approach to discretionary grants. The review aims to ensure grant funding is robust, transparent, equitable, and purposeful; meets the needs of a growing and diverse community; and supports the Region’s strategic objectives.

When its funding for 2022 was paused by Regional Council, the Heritage Foundation chose to seize it as opportunity for renewal. Committing to set clear priorities, the Foundation will work to ensure its programs make meaningful and strategic impacts in the community based on known pressures on the historic environment and the heritage sector and complements the work of other heritage stakeholders in the Region.

“We are excited to be undertaking a review of our strategic priorities, and feel it’s an important step to take to ensure we are in line with our ever-changing community,” explained John Glass, the Foundation’s Chair. “The way our community thinks about heritage is changing, and the pressures impacting heritage are changing. We can’t keep doing things the way we have always done them. We want to rethink the meaning of heritage with the community, and the important and dynamic role it plays in making the Region a great place to live. This is an opportunity for us to think about how we can use our resources most effectively to make the biggest impact.”

The Foundation expects the review to consider how the role our heritage and historic environment is evolving as we mature as a community, and to evaluate how it aligns with Regional Council’s strategic priorities, including Climate Action, and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

The Foundation, since 1973, has stewarded millions of dollars to ensure the preservation of heritage of our community. It has supported publications that further our knowledge and understanding of the character of our region and presented hundreds of awards to community members who work tirelessly to contribute to heritage preservation.

For more information, please contact:

John Glass, wrhf@regionofwaterloo.ca

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