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 Management Services

Strategic Priorities Fund:  June 1, 2017 is the next intake deadline for local governments and other recipients (outside of the Greater Vancouver Regional District) to apply for project funding under the SPF.  The program supports infrastructure and capacity building projects that are either large in scale, regional in impact or innovative, and align with the program objectives of productivity and economic growth, a clean environment and strong cities and communities. Up to 100% funding to a maximum SPF contribution $6 million per project.

Signage Requirements & Templates: Infrastructure Canada has approved a new signage package for Federal Gas Tax Fund recipients. Temporary construction signage is a requirement under the communications protocol.

Local Government Program Services

2017 Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative:  Applications are accepted on an on-going basis under four funding streams. Applications are reviewed three times per year and the next review deadlines are April 28 and October 6, 2017.

Regional Community to Community Forums (C2C):  Applications will be accepted until April 12, 2017, for the 2017-18 (Spring) C2C program.  This program promotes increased understanding and improved overall relations between First Nations and local governments by encouraging dialogue. Matching grants of up to $5,000 are available.

Final reports for approved forum events under the 2016-17 C2C program are due by April 28, 2017, unless a reporting extension has been confirmed.

Other Funding

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.

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: Local governments and First Nations may apply to develop programs that get people moving and promote physical activity in their communities. Deadlines and application procedures vary by Health Authority region.

Healthy Communities Capacity Building Fund: Local governments play a key role in improving social connectedness and helping communities thrive by creating strong social environments and resilient neighbourhoods. Register for an informational webinar taking place on April 26, 2017, and apply for grants by May 30, 2017.

Vancouver Foundation Health and Social Development: Short-term Develop grants (of up to $10,000) help project teams explore complex social issues and develop viable projects that might address these issues through social innovation. Deadline: April 28, 2017.

Rural Dividend Fund: Applications under the BC Rural Dividend Fund are being accepted through May 31, 2017, in four categories: Community capacity building, Workforce development, Community and economic development, and Business sector development.

Conferences & Resources

CivX 2017 – Dare to Share: Local Governments & the Sharing Economy: Explore how BC local governments are adapting to the sharing economy.  Vancouver - April 12, 2017

MIABC Risk Management Conference: Among featured sessions is a panel on Getting Buy-in for Your Risk Management Program. Vancouver - April 20-21, 2017

North Coast Local Government Association Convention: Among featured sessions at this annual meeting is “EcoAsset Management Plans: What they are and why you need one” Terrace - May 2-5, 2017

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 and promote FireSmart activities.

Canadian Network of Asset Managers Conference: This conference and tradeshow will deliver leading edge professional development, idea sharing and networking opportunities with peers to help municipalities of all sizes extend the framework, vision and implementation of asset management programs. Calgary - May 15-18, 2017

Local Government Management Association Convention: Among featured sessions is “Managing the Asset Management Message: Practical Pointers for Communicating with your Council/Board and Community”. Penticton - May 16-18, 2017

BC Water and Waste Association Annual Conference: UBCM staff will be presenting on “The State of Asset Management in BC: Results from the Gas Tax Asset Management Assessment - Baseline Survey”. Victoria - May 28-30, 2017

Government Finance Officers Association Annual Conference: A two-part session on Asset Management and Sustainable Service Delivery will be presented by the District of North Vancouver’s Financial Services Director Andy Wardell, and Manager of Financial Planning Rick Danyluk. Denver, CO - May 21-24, 2017

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