Funding & Resources Update

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

Local Government Program Services

2016 Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative: Local governments and First Nations may submit funding applications at any time under the following wildfire prevention program streams: Community Wildfire Protection Plans and Updates, Fuel Management Prescriptions, Demonstration projects and Operational and Maintenance Treatments. Funding permitting, the next application review deadlines are April 29 and September 30, 2016.

2015/16 Regional Community to Community Forums: C2C Forum grant final reports for the program year just completed are due no later than April 30, 2016.

2016/17 (Spring) Regional Community to Community Forums: As reported in this issue of the UBCM Compass, a new round of funding has been confirmed to support neighbouring local governments and First Nations to meet together to build on opportunities, resolve issues of common responsibility or interest. The application deadline is Friday May 13, 2016.

2015 Asset Management Planning Grants: Activities for projects approved under this program year should be completed as of April 29, unless an extension has been specifically granted. Final reports are due by May 30, 2016, and the Final Report Form is available on UBCM’s website.

Other Funding

Tourism Events Program: The Province has launched a new Tourism Events Program, designed to support world class events that can enhance the volume of visitors to British Columbia and increase global recognition for the province. The current application window will close on June 30, 2016, for events timed to occur between July 1, 2016, and December 31, 2017. Subsequent application windows are scheduled for overlapping event time frames.

BC Rural Dividend: Please see the informative article in today’s issue of the UBCM Compass.

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 that help develop economic growth, a cleaner environment and stronger communities. The application deadline is April 28, 2016.

Resources

Age-friendly Communities Evaluation Guide: Communities that want to evaluate their implementation of age-friendly initiatives can now use the information and tools available in this guide developed by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day: Wildfire prevention and protection is a shared responsibility; everyone can learn more and take specific actions to protect homes and families through FireSmart practices. Communities are encouraged to organize friends, neighbours and community groups to participate in neighborhood FireSmart projects on May 7, 2016.

Unlock Your Funding Potential: On April 14, 2016, Northern Development Initiative Trust is putting on two free 90-minute grant writing workshops in the Peace Region. Email for more information or to register for the session in Tumbler Ridge  (at 11:45) or in Dawson Creek (at 17:15). The workshop is also available as a pre-recorded webinar with downloadable workshop companion on the NDIT website.

Community Foundations of Canada & #CFC15: Did you know that 53 of Canada’s 191 community foundations are in British Columbia? This page will help you to find a community foundation in your region. The Revelstoke Community Foundation and Community Foundation of the North Okanagan are among the first foundations to have opened their call for grant applications under the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th (#CFC15).

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