Funding & Resources Update

Local Government Program Services

Local Government Program Services:  A list of current LGPS funding programs “at a glance.”

Community Emergency Preparedness Fund:  This funding program suite is intended to enhance the resiliency of local governments and their residents in responding to emergencies. Remaining application deadlines are as follows:

Evacuation Route Planning - November 30, 2018
Emergency Operations Centres & Training - February 1, 2019
Flood Risk Assessment, Flood Mapping & Flood Mitigation Planning - February 22, 2019
Structural Flood Mitigation - October 25, 2019

FireSmart Community Funding & Supports:  The new Community Resiliency Investment Program includes funding for First Nations and local governments to reduce the risk and impact of wildfire to their communities. Scaled funding of up to $25,000 or $100,000 (depending on demonstrated wildfire risk) is available at 100% funding. Applicants may choose from a suite of eligible activities that best suit their communities’ priorities and needs. Applications are due by December 7, 2018.

Child Care Programs:  Funding is offered under two newly announced programs. The Community Child Care Planning Program provides funding for local governments to engage in child care planning activities in order to develop a community child care inventory and space creation action plan. The Community Child Care Space Creation Program assists local governments to create new licensed child care spaces within their own facilities for children aged 0-5, with a focus on spaces for infants and toddlers. The application deadline for both programs is January 18, 2019.

Other Funding

Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure:  The Canadian and BC governments have committed up to $95 million towards an initial intake of the Rural and Northern Communities Program as part of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. Aimed at creating long-term economic growth, building inclusive and sustainable communities, and supporting a low carbon green economy, the program targets capital infrastructure projects in communities with a population of 25,000 or less and provides additional funding towards projects in communities with populations of 5,000 or less. The application deadline is January 23, 2019.

Community, Culture and Recreation Fund:  Also part of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, Canada and BC are investing up to $134.84 million in the initial intake of this fund to support infrastructure projects in communities across the Province that will improve citizens’ access to and quality of cultural, recreational and community spaces. The application deadline is January 23, 2019.

Promoting a Healthy Drinking Culture in BC:  Community Action Initiative is offering convening grants of up to $15,000 to fund community dialogues around moderate-risk alcohol consumption. Grantees and their communities will be supported with alcohol-related resources and capacity-building tools, along with knowledge exchange opportunities. Applications are due by November 15, 2018.

Forest Enhancement Society: Funding applications are currently being received for wildfire risk reduction on Provincial Crown land.  The application deadline is November 30, 2018.

CBT Energy Sustainability Grants:  Supports projects that create opportunities for alternative and renewable energy generation, and activities related to energy conservation and efficiency at Community Purpose Buildings. Local governments, indigenous organizations and registered non-profits in the Columbia Basin may apply by January 7, 2019.

Green Municipal Fund:  This FCM program finances capital projects that improve air, water and soil, and that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The deadline for energy, waste, water and transportation capital projects is March 1, 2019. Pilot project grants are also available.

Connecting British Columbia:  This program helps pay for the infrastructure required to deliver high-speed internet connectivity to rural and remote areas of the Province through two funding streams. Applications will be reviewed and assessed on a first come, first serve basis until available funds are committed.

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.

PlanH Funding Opportunities Directory:  BC Healthy Communities has compiled an extensive list of funding sources organized by issue area.

Events & Resources

Global Warming of 1.5°C:  On October 8, 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty.

Social Government Guide to Crisis Response:  In the event of a crisis, social media is where people turn first. Government agencies need to ensure they can quickly and effectively tackle any crisis that comes their way, all while being the voice of authority. Tune in to this webinar at 11:00 on November 14, 2018.

Small Housing Summit:  This one-day conference is an opportunity to go beyond talk by gathering top innovators and leading minds to explore smaller forms as a tool for urban growth. November 17, 2018 in Vancouver, BC.

Housing Central:  Canada’s largest affordable housing conference happens November 18 - 20 in Vancouver, BC.

Physical Activity for All:  A province-wide livestream and in-person event (in Victoria) exploring new tools and approaches communities can use to ensure everyone can be physically active. For local government officials, planners and recreation programmers, health authority staff, physical activity researchers, or anyone who is passionate about building healthy communities. November 20, 2018, 5:30 - 7:15 p.m.

Getting Climate Ready:  Adaptation Tools for Northwest Communities is a free full-day workshop that will focus on northwest BC flood and wildfire risk management. Held in Terrace, BC on November 29, 2018.

BC Rural Centre:  Visit the website and subscribe to the newsletter for ideas, inspiration, tools, case studies, videos, webinars, podcasts, and more designed to help rural and First Nations residents make their communities stronger and more resilient.

Introduction to Reconciliation Webinar:  This Reconciliation Canada webinar creates a safe place for participants to explore our shared Canadian history, examine the meaning of reconciliation, and their respective roles to play. Join Charlene Seward in this recorded hour-long webinar and explore your values and beliefs as they relate to reconciliation.

A Community Guide to Flood Risk Communication:  Available on the Fraser Basin Council’s Retooling for Climate Change website, this guide provides an overview of best practices for effective flood risk communication. It will assist in the development of a communications strategy for a targeted community. Intended for emergency managers, risk communicators, and others working to develop messaging that empowers communities to pursue personal preparedness.

Climate Atlas of Canada:  This interactive online tool is for citizens, researchers, businesses, and community and political leaders to learn about climate change in Canada. It combines climate science, mapping and storytelling to inspire local, regional and national action that will help us move from risk to resilience.

Solutions to Municipal Sustainability Challenges:  Watch FCM’s Sustainable Communities Award winners’ TED-style presentations to hear about the strategies they used to develop their projects.

Building Sustainable Communities with Asset Management:  This guidebook is designed for staff or elected officials in medium and large municipalities who are responsible for green projects or who are interested in municipal sustainable development.

Asset Management Resources:  Are you interested in learning more about asset management practices and infrastructure planning? The FCM’s Municipal Asset Management Program's Technical Working Group has curated a selection of asset management resources, including a Beginner’s Guide, from across the country.

NDIT Northern Dispatch:  These short reports delve into portions of the Northern Development Initiative Trust’s State of the North Report in greater detail, adding commentary and context on specific sectors or subjects.

CivicInfo BC:  British Columbia's local government information hub offers comprehensive organizational and grant directories, events listings, tools for training, research and career development, bids & tenders, and other resources.

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