Awards, Grants and Incentives

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Learn more about a specific Award, Grant or Incentive by reviewing the topics below.

Built Heritage Awards

The Built Heritage Award Program has been in place since 2013 and nominations are selected through the Municipal Heritage Committee.  Since its inception, the Committee has awarded over 25 Built Heritage Awards to properties across the municipality. 

“This Award is a way of recognizing projects that exemplify Gravenhurst’s Built Heritage and promoting high quality projects that otherwise may go unnoticed.” - Hank Smith, Municipal Heritage Committee Member

In 2018, the Built Heritage Awards recipients included:

  • Simcoe Residence (320 Farquhar Street)
  • Gravenhurst Plumbing, Heating & Electric (210 Brock Street)
  • Johnathan Bullock Pottery (210 First Street)
  • Rickshaw Restaurant (350 Muskoka Road South)
  • Auburn Gallery (260 Bay Street)
  • Lindsell House (190 Mary Street North)
  • 795 John Street (Murdoch Residence) 
Community Improvement Plan Grant Program

As part of Gravenhurst's Downtown Revitalization project, a Community Improvement Plan was developed to assist building and business owners with needed building and façade improvements. For information on applying to this program please visit the Community Improvement Plan page.

Below is a list of current and past recipients:

 Current & Past Recipients
Community Spirit Awards

In 2016, the Community Spirit Award Recipients were:

  • Paul Sass 
  • Wilma Brown 
  • Janis Bouchard 
  • Dr. Ardyn Todd 
  • Julie Charters 
  • Judy Humphries 
  • Ryde Community Co-op 
  • Elderberries Choir
  • Margot Dunn
  • Kathleen Powell
  • Bill Olimer
  • Shirley Cunningham
  • Elias Trivett
  • Doug and Laurie Wallis
 Daisy Awards

The Gravenhurst Daisy Award recognizes residents, businesses and groups whose outstanding efforts have produced beautiful front yard gardens or landscapes that contribute to a more attractive neighbourhood and community.

The awards meant to recognize property owners for their efforts and to encourage other residents and businesses to upgrade and beautify their property.

To Nominate a Property use this form

To view pictures of past award winning properties, please visit the Town's Facebook Page

Gravenhurst Lions Sports Hall of Fame Inductees & Memorabilia

If you have sports memorabilia that you feel represents a profound and positive impact on the growth of sports in Gravenhurst and merits greater community recognition and exposure, the Gravenhurst Lions Sports Hall of Fame Committee is interested in hearing from you!

Sport memorabilia categories may include contribution to sport as a player, participant, coach, volunteer, supporter, sponsor, donor, builder or mentor. The intent of the displays is to create greater awareness and enjoyment for local and visiting patrons.

Inductee Eligibility 
The GLSFS will accept nominations (bi-annually in conjunction with Community Spirit Awards) for the following categories;
  1. Individuals who have demonstrated significant local, provincial, national or international achievement in a sport and can confirm that Gravenhurst has been their home.
  2. Citizens (volunteers, coaches, officials, sponsors etc.) who have made significant contributions to the development and/or sustainability of sport opportunities in Gravenhurst.
  3. Local Teams that have placed first at provincial, national or international championships. 
 Application Process
  • Call for applications will be issued simultaneously with the Community Spirit Awards.
  • A completed application form indicating eligibility category and detailed description of the inductee's sport qualities, contributions and relationship to Gravenhurst  must be submitted for the GLSHF Working Group for review and approval.
  • All submissions will be responded to in writing once the evaluation has been completed.
  • Approved inductees will be invited to attend an awards ceremony and their achievement will be displayed in the GLSHF.
  • Nominations will be open again in 2019.
Past Inductees

In 2016, the inductees were:

  • Gillian Humphries
  • Fred Petsura
  • Gord Carey
  • Kris King
  • Stephanie Boyd
  • Wayne Rutledge
  • Rob McLaren
  • Kris Clement
  • Graeme Murray

Senior of the Year Award

The Ontario Senior of the Year Award is an opportunity for the Town to honour one outstanding local senior who enriched the social, cultural or civic life of the community.

In 2020, Gord Durnan was the recipient of the Community Senior Award - View Media Release

In 2019, Hank Smith was the recipient of the Community Senior Award - View Media Release

In 2018, John Cooper was the recipient of the Community Senior Award - view the Media Release

In 2017, Sharon Morton was the recipient of the Community Senior Award - view the Media Release


Terence Haight Financial Assistance Program

 About the Committee and Assistance Program Application Information 

Visit the Terence Haight  Financial Assistance Committee page to find details about this Subcommittee of Council and how your community group or organization can benefit from available grant opportunities.

Current & Past Recipients


Media Release - 2019 Grant Recipients

  • $7,900.00 Gravenhurst Archives
  • $4,000.00 Severn Bridge Agricultural Society
  • $3,000.00 Parry Sound/Muskoka Community Network
  • $1,600.00 Muskoka Women's Advocacy Group 
  • $1,500.00 Empty Bowls Gravenhurst
  • $1,500.00 Gravenhurst Against Poverty (GAP)
  • $500.00 Little Sprouts Eco-Club


Media Release – 2018 Grant Recipients

  • $4,580.00 Severn River Rowing Club
  • $3,000.00 Sawdust City Music Festival
  • $3,000.00 Gravenhurst Curling Club
  • $2,500.00 West Muskoka Ringette Association
  • $2,500.00 Gravenhurst Supper Club
  • $1,500.00 Big Brothers, Big Sisters Muskoka
  • $1,250.00 Muskoka Pride
  • $1,000.00 Muskoka Steamship & Historical Society
  • $670.00 Ryde Community Co-op Inc.


  • $5,100.00 Severn Bridge Agricultural Society
  • $3,000.00 Sawdust City Music Festival
  • $3,000.00 Junior Achievement
  • $2,800.00 Empty Bowls Gravenhurst
  • $2,600.00 Ryde Community Co-operative Inc.
  • $1,000.00 Gravenhurst Women's Centre
  • $1,000.00 Muskoka Pride
  • $1,000.00 Gravenhurst Curling Club
  • $500.00 Big Brothers Big Sisters


Media Release – 2016 Grant Recipients 

  • $6,000.00 Trinity United Church
  • $5,000.00 Gravenhurst Women's Centre
  • $2,500.00 Gravenhurst Supper Club
  • $1,500.00 Muskoka Concert Association
  • $1,000.00 Women's Wellness Conference
  • $1,000.00 Gravenhurst Fine Films
  • $1,000.00 The Network Gravenhurst
  • $1,000.00 YWCA Muskoka
  • $1,000.00 Junior Achievers


Media Release – 2015 Grant Recipients

  • $6,900 Severn Bridge Community Hall
  • $3,200 Free Stuff For Daily Needs - APPLICATION WITHDRAWN
  • $1,500 Ryde Community Co-op

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