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

2016 Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative:  This Friday, October 7, 2016, is the final deadline for applications to the 2016 program.  Applications may be submitted under the following program streams: Fuel Management Prescriptions, Demonstration and Operational Treatment projects.  Applications are not presently being accepted to the Community Wildfire Protection Plan or SWPI FireSmart Grant program streams. Details on the 2017 Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative are expected in November. 

N.B.: All applications, including those from First Nations applicants, should be submitted directly to UBCM via the email address.

2016/17 Regional Community to Community Forums: First Nations and local governments in BC are invited to apply for funding under the 2016/17 fall C2C forum intake.  C2C forums grants support dialogue between neighbouring communities to build on opportunities and resolve issues of common responsibility, interest or concern. The application deadline is October 28, 2016.  Forum events must take place by March 31, 2017.

2017 Age-friendly Communities: Grants of up to $20,000 are available to assist local governments in BC to best support their aging populations by developing and implementing policies and plans, or enacting projects that enable seniors to age in place and facilitate the creation of age-friendly communities. The application deadline is November 4, 2016.

2017 Asset Management Planning: This program offers matching grants of up to $10,000.00 to assist local governments in delivering sustainable services by extending and deepening their asset management practices.

Other Funding

Vancouver Foundation: Develop grants are currently being accepted in the Arts & Culture, and Education & Training fields of interest. The Foundation supports projects that address the root causes of complex social issues in ways that lead to systemic change. Applicants should ensure that their project meets this primary lens of social innovation and the outcomes listed under their guidelines.

BC Rural Dividend: This program will provide $25 million a year for the next three years to reinvigorate and diversify the economies of BC rural communities with a population of 25,000 or less. The current application intake is open from October 3-31, 2016.

Northern Development Initiative Trust: Applications are currently being accepted for the Trust’s winter funding application intake with a deadline of November 18, 2016.


Wildland Fire Canada 2016:  Building Resilience is the theme of this national biennial fire management conference in Kelowna October 24-28, 2016.

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