Funding & Resources Update

Each month we provide an update on UBCM funding programs and information on other programs or resources that may be of interest to local governments and First Nations.

Local Government Program Services

2015/16 (Fall) Regional Community to Community (C2C) Forums: First Nations and local governments are eligible to apply for up to $5,000 in matching funds to bring together elected officials from their neighbouring communities to address issues of common responsibility or concern. The application deadline is October 16, 2015.

2016 Age-friendly Community Planning and Projects: A further round of Age-friendly funding was recently announced by the BC Ministry of Health. Grants of up to $20,000 are available to assist local governments to prepare for an aging population. The deadline for applications is October 30, 2015.

2016 Asset Management Planning: This program provides matching grants of up to $10,000 to help advance asset management planning or practices, and facilitate better integration of asset management with long term financial planning. The application deadline is November 13, 2015.

2016 SWPI FireSmart Grants: This new program aims to assist local governments and First Nations in BC to undertake FireSmart planning activities for private lands and to take the required actions in order to achieve or maintain FireSmart Community Recognition. The deadline for applications is November 30, 2015.

Other Funding

BC Clean Air Research Fund: Grants of up to $20,000 are available to support applied air quality research in British Columbia. Deadline: October 30, 2015.

BC Hydro Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program: Funding compensates for the impacts to fish, wildlife and their supporting habitats affected by BC Hydro owned and operated generation facilities in three regions of the province. Application deadlines for all regions are in November 2015.

Resources

Age-friendly and Disability-friendly Official Community Plans: This new guide will help local governments and their planning staff incorporate accessibility provisions into their OCPs. Containing over 80 recent best practice examples drawn from more than 40 B.C. local governments, the guide demonstrates that success in reducing barriers and increasing accessibility takes place at the local/community level.

Final Local FireSmart Representative Workshop: The last workshop in this series will be offered in the Coastal Fire Centre on November 17 & 18 in Burnaby. There is no fee to attend the two-day workshop, but registration is required.

Northern Development Initiative Trust: In addition to a range of funding programs aimed at economic development priorities in central and northern British Columbia, the Trust offers a Local Government Management Internship program. Interested internship candidates and host local governments have until November 30 to apply for the program’s current offering.

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