The Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador (Heritage NL) is a not-for-profit Crown agency of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation. Established by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1984, Heritage NL is managed by a government-appointed board of directors with representation from across the province.
Heritage NL has a mandate to help preserve the rich heritage of Newfoundland and Labrador. In addition to encouraging and supporting the preservation of the province’s architectural heritage, we actively promote the safeguarding of our rich intangible cultural heritage. We do this through programs that recognize the province’s built and intangible heritage, by providing financial support for built heritage preservation, and through educational and outreach initiatives.
Heritage NL designates Registered Heritage Structures in the province, which makes them eligible for restoration grants. As well, it designates Registered Heritage Districts to support their preservation, management and development.
Our educational and outreach efforts include an annual Heritage Poster Contest targeted to K-12 students and a program to assist municipalities to inventory cultural resources and identify measures to protect and develop them.
In addition to our programs we offer advice and information on a variety of topics including: preserving and restoring heritage buildings; cultural mapping; protecting heritage districts; utilizing heritage resources for community development; and undertaking community oral history and intangible cultural heritage projects.