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: Friday, October 6, 2017, is the final intake deadline for funding under the 2017 Wildfire Prevention Initiative. Applications are invited for Community Wildfire Prevention Plans and updates, Prescriptions, Demonstration and Operational Treatment projects. Up to 100% project funding is available under certain circumstances for operational fuel treatments—per Forest Enhancement Society of BC joint funding agreement, as detailed here. Details of the 2018 SWPI should be available in late November. Watch the Compass for more information.

2017 (Fall) Regional Community to Community Forums: The Fall application intake is now open for this program. Matching grants of up to $5,000 are available to assist First Nations and local governments increase understanding and improve overall relations. Forum events 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. Apply by October 20, 2017.

Community Emergency Preparedness Fund: This new program has five funding streams: Flood Risk Assessment, Flood Mapping & Flood Mitigation Planning stream applications are due October 27, 2017. Emergency Social Services stream applications to due November 17, 2017. Emergency Operations Centres & Training stream applications are due February 2, 2018. Structural Flood Mitigation stream applications are due April 13, 2018. Program materials for the Evacuation Route Planning stream will be available next spring.

2018 Age-friendly Communities: This program provides grants to assist local governments in B.C. to best support aging populations, develop or implement policies and plans, or undertake projects that enable seniors to age in place and facilitate age-friendly communities. Applications are being accepted under planning and program streams until November 10, 2017.

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.

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 categories: 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. Assessments and removal applications are due by October 30, 2017.

Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation: Habitat Enhancement  & Restoration Grants for freshwater fish projects are being offered with a deadline of November 2, 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.


Asset Management BC Conference: “Scalable - Doable - Achievable” is the theme of this upcoming conference on November 9 & 10, 2017, in Vancouver.

WaterBreaks Webinar -Design for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction: Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are top of mind for many environmental professionals. This BCWWA webinar on Nov. 16 will review GHG emission-related regulations, tools for decision making (such as GHG emission inventories), and typical sources of GHG emissions related to construction and operation of water and wastewater treatment plants.

Blue Ecology Workshop First Nations Cultural Knowledge and Western Science
Join Blue Ecology’s Michael Blackstock, CBC’s Quirks & Quarks hist Bob McDonald and Member of Parliament Fin Donnelly on November 28, 2017, for this town hall format meeting to discuss the Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia.

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.

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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