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.

Funding

2016 Asset Management Planning: This program provides local governments with 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 under the Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative 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.

Resources

Cities Fit for Children: November 12-13 in Vernon, BC. This biennial conference brings together municipal leaders with child development professionals, parents and community champions to help create local environments where children, youth and their families thrive.

Local FireSmart Representative Workshop: The final workshop in this series will take place on November 17-18 in Burnaby, BC. The workshop is open to local government and First Nations staff and will help them to implement the FireSmart Canada Community Recognition Program in their jurisdiction. There is no fee to attend the two-day workshop, but registration is required.

Northern Development Initiative Trust: Northern Development offers internships in Economic Development and Local Government Management. Interested internship candidates and host local governments have until November 27 and 30 to apply for the current offerings in the respective programs.

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.

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