Applications come from many sources, including not for profits such as community museums and heritage societies, as well as local governments and First Nations.
Beyond the applicants themselves, it is the community and the local economy that benefit from the financial support of the Heritage Legacy Fund. Heritage BC aims to conserve heritage resources, both tangible and intangible, through this endowment fund, but also encourages communities to understand and appreciate our heritage, to bolster tourism and economic well-being, and to foster more sustainable, equitable communities. More information on the economic impact of heritage conservation can be found here.
We have learned that communities need support to ensure heritage conservation in British Columbia and not just with the upkeep and restoration of historical sites, but also to build capacity within communities around education, organizational development, reconciliation, values-based community consultation and promotion of best practices in heritage.