Recent developments with this project
$927,500 awarded for Chinese Society Buildings Matching Grants
May 13, 2015 - Council approved $927,500 in the second round of matching grants to 13 Chinese family clan and benevolent societies: $595,000 to eight first-time applicants, and $332,500 to five applicants that previously received matching grants in 2014. Of the eight first-time applicants, half provide a total of 31 affordable rental housing units with monthly rents from $100 to $500. Of the five return applicants, four societies provide a total of 166 affordable rental housing units with monthly rents from $270 to $670. These grants help to retain the Societies in Chinatown, where they have provided housing, cultural, social, educational, and recreational services to their communities for over 100 years.
Deadline extended for Chinese Society Buildings Matching Grant Program to February 27
January 19, 2015 – We are accepting applications for the second round of matching grants and have extended the application deadline to Friday, February 27, 2015.
Strategic support for the Chinatown society heritage buildings
January 2015 – In response to Council direction on July 9, 2014, we are seeking a consultant team to give strategic support for rehabilitating the heritage society buildings, to compliment the Chinese Society Buildings Matching Grant Program. The consultant team will conduct technical studies of the society heritage buildings in Chinatown, and prepare a business case and partner-development package for the buildings' rehabilitation. The team's studies will be done in collaboration with the Chinatown Society Heritage Building Association under the direction of the chief housing officer.
$1.16 million awarded for Chinese Society Buildings Matching Grants
December 17, 2014 – Council approved $1.16 million in matching grants to 17 Chinese family clan and benevolent societies for critical capital upgrades to society-owned buildings in Chinatown and the Downtown Eastside. Of the 17 applications received, 10 societies provide 407 affordable rental housing units with monthly rents from $175 to $670. These grants support and strengthen the societies, which continue to play a vital role in protecting affordable housing and preserving Chinatown's unique character, cultural identity, and heritage.
Chinese Society Buildings Matching Grant Program now accepting applications
October 3, 2014 – Applications are open for the Chinese Society Buildings Matching Grant Program. The first grant intake closes on Friday, October 31 and the second on Friday, January 30, 2015. Societies may apply for a new grant each intake if the proposed project is for a new, distinct scope of work.
Chinese Society Buildings Matching Grant Program – a DTES Plan Quick Start to support community heritage initiatives
July 9, 2014 – A new grant program and strategic support for critical upgrades to preserve and protect buildings owned by Chinese Family Clan and Benevolent Societies has been approved by Vancouver City Council.
The grant program will provide matching grants for capital maintenance and upgrades to buildings owned by the societies. Heritage buildings and those with affordable and social housing units will get priority consideration. A consultant study will also be completed in partnership with the Chinatown Society Heritage Building Association.
Further information on how to apply will be available in the fall.
華裔社團建築物等額補貼計劃 — 為支持社區傳統專案而設的市中心東端計劃「快速起步」措施
2014年7月9日 — 溫哥華市議會通過了一項新的補貼計劃及策略性的支援措施，協助保存及保護華裔宗親及會館組織所擁有的建築物。
這項補貼計劃會為上述社團名下建築物的基本維護及改善工程提供等額補貼。史蹟建築物以及提供可負擔房屋及公共房屋單位的建築物，將會獲得優先考慮。另外，市府亦會與「華埠團體傳統樓協會」 (Chinatown Society Heritage Building Association) 合作完成一項諮詢研究。
Council approves the Chinatown Neighbourhood Plan and Economic Revitalization Strategy
July 25 2012 – Council approved the Chinatown Neighbourhood Plan and the three-year Economic Revitalization Strategy. The Plan is the result of over a decade of community work to encourage private sector investment in the community and improve conditions for those who live, work, and visit the area. The Economic Strategy builds on learnings from the plan and includes short- and medium-term actions to support business retention, expansion, and attraction.
National Historic Site designation
Fall 2011 – Chinatown received the National Historic Site designation from the Minister of Environment. This designation raises the public's awareness of Chinatown and its rich cultural history.
Public involvement on economic action plan
June 29, 2011 – A public workshop was held to launch a short-term economic action plan development process and to get input from local residents, businesses, and the public.