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The Council of the Municipality of Bluewater passed By-law 118-2015 adopting the new Lakeshore Roads Grant Policy. 

General Policies:

This policy applies to unassumed road or private roads located west of Bluewater Highway (Provincial Highway 21) and south of Crystal Springs Road in the Municipality

The Roads Grant eligibility period is annually between November 1st of the previous year and October 31st of the current year

Associations wishing to apply for a Roads Grant must provide a copy of the Association Letters Patent and any amendments to the Municipality

Applications for Roads Grants must be submitted and signed by a person who is a current signing authority for the Association

Reimbursable costs for roads can include grading, snow ploughing, tree removal & trimming, noxious weed control, gravel, dust control, road way grass cutting, road drainage including ditches and catch basins, road reconstruction and road surfacing

Road reconstruction and road surfacing must be completed in accordance with the Road Design Standards and shall be pre-authorized in writing by the Manager of Public Works

Roads under this policy must be open for public use. “No Trespassing”, “Private Road” or any signage restricting travel on the road is prohibited

When a road is assumed by the Municipality for maintenance by a by-law, costs incurred by an Association following the date of passage of the by-law are not eligible for reimbursement

The Roads Grant is comprised of:
     a) actual reimbursement of costs as per section 5 above
     b) one $550 administration fee per AssociationThe Grant Amount is set out on the Submission for Roads Grant. The Grant amount will be reviewed by Council from time to time

Annual Submission Requirements:

Associations must submit the following information to the Treasurer:

A complete Application for Roads Grant
A copy of the Association Letters Patent if not previously provided and any amendments to Letters Patent
Copies of invoices for each reimbursement requested
Proof of payment i.e. copy of bank account statement with payment identified

Submission Form

**Submission forms are due on or before December 1 of the current year.

To review the entire By-law, please click on the following link: By-law 118-2015



The Municipal Grant Program provides limited funding for projects that enhance and enrich the community. Funding decisions are based on local needs and priorities, in connection with the annual budget, strategic goals and objectives.

Grant funds are intended to support project-based initiatives in the areas of Community Services, Arts, Culture, Tourism, Economic Development, Social Services and Environment.

Applicants interested in submitting a request for the 2019 calendar year are requested to complete the application and submit it to Ansberth Willert, Manager of Finance, by November 1, 2018.

Community Grant and Vibrancy Fund Policy

Grant Application



In 2016 Bluewater Council approved the development of a Community Improvement Plan (CIP) for the three villages and the six hamlets within the Municipality of Bluewater.

After an in depth community outreach program, Council and staff are pleased to announce that the CIP is complete and we are now accepting applications for:

the Commercial Facade Improvement Grant Program; and the Heritage Property Improvement Grant Program

Grants will be awarded for 50% of improvement costs up to a maximum of $5000.00 for applicants who reside within one of the designated Community Improvement Project Areas, which include the downtown areas of Blake, Brucefield, Dashwood, Hensall, Kippen, St. Joseph, Varna, Zurich, and the downtown and marina areas of Bayfield (please contact the Municipality for detailed maps of the project areas).

Before completing an application form, applicants should read the Municipality of Bluewater Community Improvement Plan. Information on each grant program is found in Section 6.0 and General Eligibility Requirements are in Section 7.1.1.

Please click on the following link to access the Community Improvement Plan:  Bluewater Community Improvement Plan

Please click on the following link to access the Community Improvement Grant Application:  CIP Grant Application Form


General Inquiries

p: 519-236-4351 or 1-877-236-4351
f: 519-236-4329

Municipality of Bluewater
Box 250, 14 Mill Ave
Zurich, ON Canada
N0M 2T0

Office Hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm


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