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 Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative:  The next funding application deadline is January 27, 2017.  Applications are accepted on an on-going basis, and are reviewed three times per year, for Community Wildfire Protection Plans, Fuel Management Prescriptions, Demonstration projects, and Operational & Maintenance Treatment projects. Please note that an enhanced Community Wildfire Protection Plan program was announced for 2017.

The application deadline for the 2017 SWPI FireSmart Grant funding is also January 27, 2017. This is the only opportunity this year to access up to $10,000 to assist communities undertake FireSmart planning activities for private lands and work to achieve or maintain FireSmart Community Recognition status.

All applications, including those from First Nations applicants, should be submitted directly to swpi@ubcm.ca

Age-friendly Communities:  Final reports for the 2016 Age-friendly program are due at the end of January unless extensions have been confirmed.  All applicants to the 2017 program have been notified of the status of their funding request.

Asset Management Planning:  Final reports for the 2016 Asset Management Planning program are due at the end of January unless extensions have been confirmed.  All applicants to the 2017 program have been notified of the status of their funding request.

Other Funding

Infrastructure Planning Grant Program:  Provincial grants up to $10,000 are available to help improve or develop long-term comprehensive plans that support local government in projects related to the development of sustainable community infrastructure. The next deadline is February 1, 2017.

Recreation Infrastructure Grants:  The Columbia Basin Trust supports community efforts to encourage residents to live more active, healthy lifestyles. Eligible applicants include non-profit or public organizations, school districts, First Nations organizations and local governments.  The deadline for submitting applications is February 15, 2017.

Western Diversification Program: This is the main program through which Western Economic Diversification Canada makes strategic investments in initiatives with organizations that enhance and strengthen the economy of Western Canada. The next intake opens on January 25 and closes on February 23, 2017.

Resources

Local FireSmart Representative Workshop: The First Nations’ Emergency Services Society and Partners in Protection are offering this free, two-day workshop on February 22 & 23 in Kamloops, BC, to assist local governments and First Nations implement the FireSmart Canada Community Recognition Program in their jurisdiction.  Registration is required. Contact Stephanie Ostrander at FNESS.

National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day:  This year, May 6, 2017, is the day communities and individuals are encouraged to participate in local projects to help reduce the risk of wildfire damage to their homes and neighbourhoods. Project ideas and modest grants are available.

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