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 Regional Community to Community Forums: All approved forum events under this year’s program must be held by March 31, 2016. Final reports are due within 30 days of the event, and no later than April 30, 2016.

2016 Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative: Local governments and First Nations are invited to apply for funding under these program streams: Community Wildfire Protection Plans, Fuel Management Prescriptions, Demonstration and Operational Treatment projects. Funding permitting, the next intake deadlines are April 29 and September 30, 2016.

Other Funding

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day Funding: FireSmart Canada is offering $500 in project funding awards to help implement neighbourhood FireSmart projects. Applications are invited until March 12, 2016.

Vancouver Foundation Field of Interest Grants: Develop grants in the Foundation’s Environment and Animal Welfare field of interest will open for application on March 21(with an April 22 deadline), followed by Health and Social Development on April 18 (with a May 13 deadline). Test and Grow grants in these fields will open for application from June onwards.

New Building Canada Fund - Small Communities Fund: Funding is available to support communities with populations of less than 100,000 to address their infrastructure needs to help develop economic growth, a cleaner environment and stronger communities. The application deadline is April 28, 2016.

Resources

British Columbia Communities in Bloom Society: BC CIB is now accepting registrations for both its novice and evaluated programs. Since 2005, the society has delivered an enhancement program that helps transform municipalities of all sizes.  It is a tool for communities to improve their environmental, economic and social well-being, while providing a rewarding incentive. Is this the Year to Grow your commUnity? The deadline for this year’s applications is March 31.

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