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.

Gas Tax Program Services

Strategic Priorities Fund: June 1, 2017 is the next intake deadline for local governments outside of the GVRD to apply for project funding under the SPF. The program supports infrastructure and capacity building projects that are either large in scale, regional in impact or innovative.  Up to 100% funding to a maximum SPF contribution of $6 million per project.

Applications must be received through the UBCM Program Information Management System.  If you require access to PIMS, please email PIMS@ubcm.ca.

Local Government Program Services

2017 Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative:  Applications are accepted on an on-going basis under four funding streams. The next intake deadline is October 6, 2017.

Other Funding

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.

New 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.

BC Active Communities Grants: Local governments and First Nations may apply to develop programs that get people moving and promote physical activity in their communities. Deadlines and application procedures vary by Health Authority.

Healthy Communities Capacity Building Fund: Local governments play a key role in improving social connectedness and helping communities thrive by creating strong social environments and resilient neighbourhoods. Apply for grants by May 30, 2017.

Rural Dividend Fund: Applications under the BC Rural Dividend Fund are being accepted through May 31, 2017, in four categories: Community capacity building, Workforce development, Community and economic development, and Business sector development.

Resources

National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day: On May 6, 2017, communities and individuals are encouraged to participate in local projects to help reduce the risk of wildfire damage to homes and neighbourhoods and promote FireSmart activities.

BC Water and Waste Association Annual Conference: UBCM staff will be presenting on The State of Asset Management in BC: Results from the Gas Tax Asset Management Assessment - Baseline Survey. Victoria - May 28-30, 2017.

Age-friendly BC Community Recognition: This program rewards and encourages communities to take action towards becoming age-friendly. Local governments that have completed the four basic age-friendly steps may apply to have their communities officially recognized. Deadline is May 31, 2017.

Province Wide Community to Community Forum: The sixth Province Wide Community to Community Forum will be held on June 6, 2017, at the Musqueam Community Centre in Vancouver.  The forum is designed to bring together First Nation and local government elected officials and senior staff to encourage dialogue and identify areas of common responsibility and mutual concern. Registration is required, but there is no fee to attend.

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