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

2016 Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative:  Please note that the next application review deadline for this program has been extended to Friday, October 7, 2016. All project proposals, including those from First Nations applicants, should be submitted directly to the new swpi@ubcm.ca email address.

Applications are welcome at any time under the following wildfire prevention funding streams: Community Wildfire Protection Plans, Fuel Management Prescriptions, Demonstration and Operational Treatment projects.

Gas Tax Program Services

Gas Tax Workshop Presentations:  The PowerPoint presentations that were prepared for the recent Gas Tax and Asset Management provincial workshops series are now available online.

Asset Management Assessment Form:  The deadline for submission of the Asset Management Assessment Form is July 15, 2016. This is a reporting requirement for all local governments with Community Works Fund Agreements. Please direct any questions regarding the form to Gas Tax Program Analyst Christina Ross.

Other Funding

Columbia Basin Trust Recreation Infrastructure Grants:  If you plan to construct or upgrade recreation infrastructure, and are a local government, First Nation organization or school district in the Columbia Basin, this program could help support your project. Application deadline is Monday, July 11, 2016, at 1:00 pm PST.

New Horizons for Seniors:  Community-based projects that enable seniors to share their knowledge, skills and experiences with others, and help communities increase their capacity to address local issues, are eligible to receive up to $25,000 per year, per organization. Applications must be postmarked by July 29, 2016.

Real Estate Foundation BC:  Local governments, First Nations, and other organizations working to transform land use attitudes and practices through innovation, stewardship, and learning may apply for REFBC grants in five program areas: Sustainable Land Use, Built Environment Sustainability, Freshwater Sustainability, Sustainable Food Systems and Professional Excellence in Real Estate Industry. The next General Grant requests deadline is September 8, 2016.

Resources

Wildland Fire Canada 2016:  Building Resilience is the theme of this national biennial fire management conference in Kelowna October 24-28, 2016. Sessions will focus on anticipating change, managing resilient landscapes and planning smarter, safer, more resilient communities. Early registration rates are currently available.

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