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, Fuel Management Prescriptions, Demonstration projects, and Operational & Maintenance Treatment projects. Applications are reviewed three times per year and the next review deadlines are April 28 & October 6, 2017.

Regional Community to Community Forums (C2C):  All forum events proposed for the 2016-17 C2C program must be held by March 31, 2017, with final reports due by April 28, unless extensions have been confirmed.

Other Funding

Rick Hansen Foundation: The Access4All Canada 150 Signature Initiative provides grants of up to $30,000 for accessibility infrastructure improvements and associated awareness events. The Accessible Cities Award celebrates the efforts local governments are making to promote universal access and improve the lives of people with disabilities. The deadline to apply to these programs is March 31, 2017.

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: It's time to get moving! The Ministry of Health is making $1.7 million available to local governments and First Nations to develop programs that get people moving and promote physical activity in their communities. Deadlines and application procedures vary by Health Authority.

Resources

Business Retention and Expansion Basics Webinar: How well do you know the businesses in your community? How are they doing? Are there challenges they face, such as regulatory roadblocks to expansion or signage issues? Does your community have the workforce your businesses need to succeed? This opportunity, provided by the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, is on March 13, 2017.

Refresher on CARIP and Carbon Neutral Reporting Webinar: Local government staff are invited to register for this free webinar on March 14, 2017, which will include background on the BC Climate Action Charter and the Green Communities Committee (GCC) and a focus on the Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP) and the GCC Carbon Neutral Framework.

Local FireSmart Representative Workshop: A free, two-day workshop is being offered on March 14 & 15, 2017, in Chilliwack. Registration is required.

MIABC Risk Management Conference: Registration is open for the Municipal Insurance Association of BC’s annual conference in Vancouver April 20-21, 2017. Among featured sessions is a panel on Getting Buy-in for Your Risk Management Program.

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. Project ideas are available online.  March 21, 2017, is the deadline to apply for a $500 grant to be used to promote Wildfire Community Protection between May 6 and September 30, 2017.

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