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

2016/17 (Spring) Regional Community to Community Forums: Funding is available to support neighbouring local governments and First Nations to meet together to build on opportunities, resolve issues of common responsibility or interest, and advance tangible outcomes. Applications must be received by Friday May 13, 2016.

2015 Asset Management Planning Grants: Unless an extension has been specifically granted, final reports for the 2015 program are due by May 30, 2016. The Final Report Form is available on the UBCM website.

2016 Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative: Applications by local governments and First Nations are welcome at any time under the following wildfire prevention funding streams: Community Wildfire Protection Plans, Fuel Management Prescriptions, Demonstration and Operational Treatment projects. The next application review deadline is September 30, 2016.

Other Funding

Provincial Investment In Affordable Housing: The B.C. government has issued a call for Expressions of Interest to partner with municipalities, non-profit housing providers, community groups and the private sector to facilitate the creation of affordable rental housing for low-to moderate-income households in communities across the province. This new housing program will create safe, affordable homes for people in greatest need. Respondents are asked to submit their information by June 15, 2016.

Tourism Events Program: The province’s Tourism Events Program is 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.

Resources

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day: Wildfire prevention and protection is a shared responsibility: everyone can learn more and take specific actions to protecting 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.

Municipal Information Network: Canada’s only daily news and information service dedicated to the local government sector. By subscription (including a free, 30-day trial) M.I.N. offers a daily e-newsletter and website, unlimited job postings, posting of press releases, events, webinars and seminars, as well as the latest news and developments in the municipal scene.

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