Funding and 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

Community Emergency Preparedness Fund: Upcoming application deadlines for this new program are: Emergency Social Services - November 17, 2017; Emergency Operations Centres & Training - February 2, 2018; Structural Flood Mitigation - April 13, 2018. The Evacuation Route Planning stream remains under development. Full program details are at ubcm.ca/cepf.

2018 Age-friendly Communities: This program provides grants to assist local governments in B.C. to best support aging populations, develop or implement policies and plans, or undertake projects that enable seniors to age in place and facilitate age-friendly communities. Applications are being accepted for Assessment, Action Plans & Planning (up to $25,000) and Age-friendly Projects (up to $15,000) until November 10, 2017.

Final reports for grants awarded under the 2017 program are due no later than January 31, 2018.

2018 Asset Management Planning Program: Matching grants of up to $15,000 are available to support activities that advance a local government’s asset management planning or practices, and that facilitate better integration of asset management planning with long term financial planning. Applications may be submitted at any time, and will be reviewed following these two intake deadlines: November 10, 2017, and March 31, 2018.

Final reports for grants awarded under the 2017 program are due no later than January 31, 2018.

2017 Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative: Applications under 2017 intakes are currently under review.  An update on the 2018 SWPI—including FireSmart Planning—will be announced shortly.  Watch The Compass for more information.

Regional Community to Community Forum: Applications under the 2017/18 Fall intake are currently under review. 

Final reports for grants awarded under all intakes of the 2017/18 program are due within 30 days of the event and no later than April 30, 2018.

Other Funding

Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation: Habitat Enhancement  & Restoration Grants for freshwater fish projects are being offered with a deadline of November 2, 2017.

Child Care Capital Grants: This program’s focus is on strengthening the quality of child care in the Columbia Basin, including projects such as purchasing child care equipment, upgrading or renovating child care facilities or constructing new licensed child care spaces. Deadline: November 16, 2:00pm PT/3:00pm MT.

Real Estate Foundation of BC: Looking to fund a project related to sustainable land use or real estate? Next grant intakes are December 15, 2017 for Real Estate Industry Grants and February 28, 2018 for General Grants.

Infrastructure Planning Grant Program: Grants up to $10,000 are available to help improve or develop long-term comprehensive plans that include, but are not limited to: capital asset management plans, community energy plans, integrated stormwater management plans, water master plans and liquid waste management plans. The next deadline is January 17, 2018.

Red Cross Community Partnerships Program: Provincial emergency financial assistance is available to eligible municipalities, First Nations, small businesses and not-for-profit organizations located in areas that have been under an evacuation order or alert, in these categories: Emergency relief to support immediate needs; Community strengthening to support community connectedness; Safety & wellbeing to support individual and community psychosocial services; Indigenous programming, and; Disaster Risk Reduction.

Energy Efficiency and Recovery Funding: Municipal governments may apply for feasibility studies, pilot projects and capital projects related to initiatives that reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Green Municipal Fund.

Municipal Asset Management Program: Federal funding is available through FCM to help local governments adopt asset management practices. Eligible applicants may apply to both the FCM MAMP and the UBCM Asset Management Planning program for activities that are eligible under both programs. Applicants can leverage both programs to meet the community contribution requirements.

Environmental Assessment Participant Funding Program: The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency provides funds to ensure that concerns from the public and Aboriginal groups are taken into consideration during an environmental assessment process.

First Nations Adapt Program: This federal program supports First Nation communities to assess and respond to climate change impacts on community infrastructure and emergency management.  It prioritizes communities most impacted by sea level rise, flooding, forest fires, and winter road failures. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Climate change and infrastructure planning programs: The federal government and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities have launched two programs to address climate change in communities and to strengthen infrastructure planning and decision-making. The Climate Innovation Program and The Municipal Asset Management Program will deliver funding, training, and learning opportunities to build local government capacity.

Resources

Reconciliation Dialogue Workshop: This half-day workshop on November 2, 2017, in Vancouver, will provide community leaders with the opportunity to engage in dialogue and reflect on the core values of reconciliation, allowing for a new generation of leaders who consciously and thoughtfully choose to live and work in reconciliation. Click here to learn more and to add your name to the Waitlist for future workshops.

Conflict Resolution Week 2017: Everyone has his or her own story during a conflict. Explore how mediation has creative and fair options to resolve conflict. Here’s a Conflict Resolution Week 2017 Events Calendar for November 4-10, 2017.

Asset Management BC Conference: “Scalable - Doable - Achievable” is the theme of this upcoming conference in Vancouver, November 9-10, 2017.

WaterBreaks Webinar - Design for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction: This BCWWA webinar will review GHG emission-related regulations, tools for decision making (such as GHG emission inventories), and typical sources of GHG emissions related to construction and operation of water and wastewater treatment plants. November 16, 2017.

Building Sustainable Communities: Innovation Through Collaboration is the theme, with sessions on climate action, water stewardship, food security, and community capital/infrastructure, active transportation, community health, comprehensive wealth, collaborative change, pollution solutions, sustainable development, leadership and governance, and local prosperity. In Kelowna, November 20-24, 2017.

Blue Ecology Workshop: Professional forester and scholar Michael Blackstock wants BC water managers to embrace the Blue Ecology water cycle, so our communities become more water-resilient and we more successfully adapt to a changing climate. His ecological philosophy interweaves First Nations cultural knowledge and Western science.  Michael will be joined by Bob McDonald, host of CBC’s Quirks & Quarks and by Member of Parliament Fin Donnelly, who has twice swum the length of the Fraser. In Richmond, November 28, 2017.

Only the Pipes Should be Hidden: A new report on best practices for pricing and improving municipal water and wastewater services demonstrates that well-designed user fees can help address the interconnected challenges of protecting water resources by motivating conservation, funding infrastructure, and protecting our water quality.

CivicInfo BC: British Columbia's local government information hub offers an up-to-date grant directory in addition to its myriad events & Training, Research and Career tools, Bids & Tenders and other resources.

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