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 SWPI 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. Up to 100% project funding is available under certain circumstances, per Forest Enhancement Society of BC joint funding, as detailed here.

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.

Regional Community to Community Forum: The Fall application intake is now open for this program. Matching grants of up to $5,000 are available to First Nations and local governments seeking to reciprocally increase understanding and improve overall relations. Forum events are intended to provide a time and place for dialogue to build on opportunities, support reconciliation efforts, resolve issues of common responsibility, interest or concern, and advance tangible outcomes.

Community Emergency Preparedness Fund: Program materials are now on available on the UBCM website for 2 of the 5 funding streams under this new program. Materials for the flood planning and structural flood mitigation streams will follow shortly, and those for Evacuation Route Planning will be available next spring. The application process and deadlines for all funding streams will be announced next week.

Other Funding

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 catagories: 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.

Vancouver Foundation: Arts & Culture and Education & Training fields of interest for Develop, Test and Grow grants will open this fall, as will donor-directed funding opportunities.

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.

Northern Development Initiative Trust: NDIT offers a range of funding programs suited to a diverse set of economic development priorities in central and northern British Columbia.

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

First Nations Climate Change and Infrastructure Survey: The Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources, in partnership with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, is looking for knowledgeable Band councillors, lands department staff or other First Nations staff working on climate change and/or infrastructure projects and issues to complete a questionnaire (only 10 questions, and ~10 minutes to complete). Once completed, participants will be entered for a chance to win $1,000 for your community/organization's climate and infrastructure related project. The deadline to complete the survey is September 15, 2017.

Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction: ICLR’s Quick Response Research Program is inviting proposals related to the wildfires in British Columbia. The program is designed to allow social, behavourial and economic scientists to quickly deploy to a disaster-affected area in the aftermath of a flood, extreme weather event or earthquake to collect perishable data.

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. A pre-event Workshop “Taking Action on Green Resilience” is offered on September 17.

Green Energy Doors Open Weekend: The BC Sustainable Energy Association invites hosts, partners and attendees to be part of a free showcase of green energy projects from across British Columbia from September 22-24, 2017. Events take place in Burnaby, Delta, Kamloops, Nanaimo, North Vancouver, Vancouver, Victoria and Galiano Island.

Walk for Reconciliation: Join this positive event in Vancouver, on Sunday September 24, 2017, to continue building better relationships among Indigenous peoples and all Canadians. This bold vision calls on every one of all ages, all backgrounds, all cultures and all faiths to come together as communities and as individuals.

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.

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