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: 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 2016 application deadlines are January 29, April 29, and September 30.

2015 Age-friendly Community Planning and Projects: Final reports for the 2015 program are due by January 30, 2016, unless other arrangements have been made. Program materials, including the Final Report form template, are available online.

Other Funding

Infrastructure Planning Grant Program: Grants of up to $10,000 are available to help improve or develop long-term comprehensive plans related to sustainable community infrastructure. The application deadline is January 14, 2016.

Northern Development Initiative Trust:  Northern Development offers a suite of funding opportunities to local governments and First Nations. The quarterly intake deadline is February 12, 2016, for the following programs: Capital Investment Analysis, Community Foundation Matching Grants, Community Halls and Recreation Facilities Program, Economic Diversification Infrastructure Program, Marketing Initiatives.

PlanH Healthy Communities Capacity Building Fund Grants: PlanH is requesting expressions of interest from local governments that are leading the way in creating the conditions that enable healthy people and healthy places in partnership with regional health authorities and other key community stakeholders. Two streams of support are available. Find an overview of the latest Healthy Communities Capacity Building Grants on the website to find out which stream is right for your community and important next steps in the grant application process.

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 in BC. The application deadline is April 28, 2016.

Resources

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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