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

2017 Age-friendly Communities: This Friday, November 4, 2016, is the application deadline for this program, which assists BC local governments to support their aging populations by developing and implementing policies and plans, or enacting projects that enable seniors to age in place and facilitate the creation of age-friendly communities. Grants of up to 20,000 are available.

2017 Asset Management Planning: Matching grants of up to $10,000 are available to assist local governments in delivering sustainable services by extending and deepening their asset management practices. The application deadline is November 18, 2016.

The 2016 Asset Management Planning Training Subsidy will provide up to 50% of the registration fee for up to three staff per local government for eligible Asset Management BC training events.

Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative: Applications are accepted on an on-going basis under these program streams: Fuel Management Prescriptions, Demonstration and Operational Treatment projects. Applications are not presently being accepted to the Community Wildfire Protection Plan or SWPI FireSmart Grant program streams. Details on the 2017 Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative are expected later this month.

Other Funding

Northern Development Initiative Trust: Applications are being accepted for the Trust’s winter funding application until November 18, 2016.

2016/17 Provincial Urban Deer Cost-Share Program: The province has established a $100,000 fund to help local governments and First Nations address urban deer management challenges through operational or research projects. The application deadline is November 22nd, 2016.

Clean Water and Wastewater Fund: This program supports the rehabilitation of local government drinking water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, and the planning and design of future facilities and upgrades to existing systems. Canada and British Columbia are investing up to $373.6 million across the province.

Vancouver Foundation: Test and Grow applications (Stage One: Project Overviews) will be accepted in the Arts & Culture and Education & Training fields of interest from November 14 to December 9, 2016. The Foundation supports projects that address the root causes of complex social issues in ways that lead to systemic change. Applicants should ensure that their project meets this primary lens of social innovation and the outcomes listed under their guidelines.

Resources

BC Healthy Communities’ PlanH Resource Library: This rich online resource provides access to Action Guides & Toolkits, Community Health Data, publications, videos and a Rural Portal (Resources for Small, Rural and Remote Communities). BCHC facilitates local government learning, partnership development and planning for healthier communities where we live, learn, work and play.

Attract Investment and Promote Your Community with BritishColumbia.ca: This webinar, taking place from 1:30-2:30pm on Tuesday November 15, 2016, will include an overview of the Community Profiles and Opportunities Section of the BritishColumbia.ca site, a digital hub that promotes BC communities to the world by providing an up-to-date, free and customizable online presence.

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