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

Community Works Fund Payments: The second of the semi-annual Community Works Fund payments will be transferred to local governments in early December. This payment will see over $52 million in federal Gas Tax funding distributed directly to local governments for infrastructure priorities and capacity building activities throughout BC. 

Local Government Program Services

Community Emergency Preparedness Fund: Remaining application deadlines for this new program are: Emergency Operations Centres & Training - February 2, 2018; Structural Flood Mitigation - April 13, 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 will be reviewed following the March 31, 2018 intake deadline.

Applications received for the November 17, 2017 intake are under review and applicants will be advised of the status of their proposals within 60 days.

Final reports for grants awarded under the 2017 AMP program are due no later than January 31, 2018, unless an extension has been approved.

2017 Age-friendly Communities Reporting: Final reports for grants awarded under the 2017 program are due no later than January 31, 2018, unless an extension has been approved.

2017 FireSmart Planning Grants Reporting: Final reports are due by January 31, 2018, for projects approved under the SWPI FireSmart Planning program, unless an extension has been approved.

Other Funding

Infrastructure Planning Grant Program: The next deadline for this provincial funding program is January 18, 2018. Grants of up to $10,000 are available to support local government in projects related to the development of sustainable community infrastructure, such as capital asset management plans, community energy plans, integrated storm water management plans, water master plans and liquid waste management plans.

Water Conservation and Quality Improvement Program:  Offered through the Okanagan Basin Water Board, this program provides funds to local governments, irrigation districts, and non-profit organizations in the Okanagan Basin for projects that conserve and protect water. Total 2018 funding of $300,000 is available and the application deadline is February 16, 2018, at 4pm.

Sewage Facilities Assistance: Another Okanagan Basin Water Board program, sewage facilities grants have helped Okanagan communities make dramatic reductions in nutrient loading to lakes and streams for more than 40 years.

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.

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

Retooling for Climate Change: This Fraser Basin Council website is rich with tools and resources to help communities adapt and prepare for the impacts of climate change now and in the years ahead.

Sustainable Communities Conference: December 11, 2017 is the early-bird deadline for this FCM conference, to be held in Ottawa February 6 - 8.  Sustainability leaders from coast to coast to coast will come together for Canada’s premier municipal sustainability event — where innovation meets action.

Best Practices in Indigenous Business and Economic Development: Building effective economic policy will help achieve more successful, sustainable, and self-determined economic activity. Fundamental issues of governance, such as the creation of culturally appropriate governmental institutions and the role of Indigenous leaders in effectively planning, creating, and promoting economic policy for self-determined Indigenous development will be examined. Application deadline is January 2, 2018.

Smart Cities Challenge: The Government of Canada, through Infrastructure Canada, wants innovative solutions to economic, environmental, and social problems. The Smart Cities Challenge is a competition to help solve Canada’s biggest challenges. It is open to all municipalities, local or regional governments, and Indigenous communities across the country. Communities will have until April 24, 2018 to submit their applications.

Leadership in Brownfield Redevelopment Best Practices:  Looking to enhance your municipality’s brownfield redevelopment programs? Read the three new guidebooks in our series on best practices in brownfield renewal.

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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