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:  Applications are accepted on an on-going basis under four funding streams: Community Wildfire Protection Plans & Updates, Fuel Management Prescriptions, Demonstration projects, and Operational & Maintenance Treatment projects. The next intake deadline is October 6, 2017.

2018 Asset Management Planning Program: Matching grants of up to $15,000.00 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.

Other Funding

National Disaster Mitigation Program: Emergency Management BC has extended its deadline for NDMP “Intake 4” applications. Local governments, First Nations and other eligible parties now have until August 25, 2017 to apply through EMBC to access this Public Safety Canada funding program. The program’s objective is to reduce the impacts of natural disasters on Canadians. It consists of four project streams: Risk Assessments, Flood Mapping, Mitigation Planning, and Investments in Non-Structural and Small Scale Structural Mitigation Projects.

Municipal Natural Assets Initiative: Municipal Natural Asset Management offers a solution to the twin problems of aging infrastructure and ecosystems decline. The recent call for expressions of interest to be included in the next round of MNAI cohort funding has been extended until August 28, 2017.

Abandoned Boats Program: Funding is available from Transport Canada to assist in the removal of abandoned and/or wrecked small boats posing a hazard in Canadian waters. The program also helps to educate small boat owners about how to responsibly manage their boats and support research on boat recycling and environmentally responsible boat design. The deadline for Education, Awareness and Research applications is September 30, 2017. Assessments and removal applications are due by October 30, 2017.

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

FCM Sustainable Communities Awards: Apply by September 15, 2017, to nominate your community for this recognition and promotion opportunity. New and revised categories this year include asset management, climate change, energy and brownfields.

Livable Cities Forum 2017: Join ICLEI Canada in Victoria September 18-20, 2017, for the sixth annual Livable Cities Forum: Advancing Low Carbon Resilience.

Community Health Data: Updated Community Health Profiles, Community Health Database and Community Health Atlas provide an interactive platform to explore health topics of interest across BC.

Drought Resources: The provincial Water Management Branch recently hosted the webinar Dealing With Drought - What Communities Need to Know. A recording and PDF of the webinar are both available, along with other resources, on the BC Drought Information Page.

National Thought Table on Reconciliation: Earlier this year, thought leaders from across Canada gathered for a roundtable discussion on reconciliation within a Canadian multicultural context. Reconciliation Canada has made the video of this event available online.

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