Funding & Resources Update

Each month we provide an update on UBCM funding programs and information on other programs, events and resources that may be of interest to local governments and First Nations.

Local Government Program Services

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.

Community Emergency Preparedness Fund:  This funding program is intended to enhance the resiliency of local governments and their residents in responding to emergencies.  Remaining application deadlines are as follows:
Emergency Operations Centres & Training - February 1, 2019
Flood Risk Assessment, Flood Mapping & Flood Mitigation Planning - February 22, 2019
Structural Flood Mitigation - October 25, 2019

Age-friendly Communities:  Projects for grants awarded under the 2018 Age-friendly Communities program should now be nearing completion.  Final reports are due by January 31, 2019, unless other arrangements have been confirmed.

Other Funding

Physical Literacy for Communities BC Initiative: Supports local governments interested in developing more physically active communities using a physical literacy approach. Successful applicants will be awarded up to $50,000 over a two-year period. Interested parties can attend an informational webinar on December 6th.

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

PICS 2019 call for Internship Proposals:  The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions provides support to provincial, regional and local governments, businesses and Indigenous communities, to hire university students to work on projects relevant climate mitigation and adaptation.  Projects support their partners in addressing climate change-related challenges they face. Deadline extended to January 11, 2019.

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, 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 citizen’s access to and quality of cultural, recreational and community spaces.  The application deadline is January 23, 2019.

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day 2019: The application window for Wildfire Community Preparedness Day 2019 grants will open soon.  Start chatting with your neighbours about event ideas and be ready to apply between January 14, 2019 and March 15, 2019.

Tell FCM how you are reducing GHGs in your community:  Are you implementing policies and bylaws that are having a direct impact on your local greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction efforts? Complete ICLEI Canada’s and FCM’s Partners for Climate Protection survey by February 15, 2019, to include your municipality’s achievements in our 2019 National Measures Report.

Green Municipal Fund:  This FCM program finances capital projects that improve air, water, and soil and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 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 infrastructure required to deliver high-speed Internet connectivity to rural and remote areas of the province, under 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.

Events & Resources

Coastal Forestry Webinar: The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRORD) will be hosting regionally focused webinars to engage coastal community leaders on forestry in BC. The webinars will provide participants with overviews of the Ministry’s mandate, information on the forest sector and government’s role and provide an avenue for discussion and feedback. Invitations to the webinar series will be forthcoming shortly.  For further information please contact Laura Patterson at the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development.

Wildfire Smoke - A Growing Threat to Air Quality and Public Health:  As the global climate changes and wildfires become more frequent and intense, smoke from these fires are causing episodes of the worst air quality that many populations will ever experience, sometimes lasting for weeks or months. This one-day workshop will take place on February 6, 2019 in Vancouver.

Global Warming of 1.5°C:  The IPCC recently 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.

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.

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.

Guidebook: Sustainable Neighbourhood Development:  Dense, walkable, mixed-use communities foster healthy lifestyles and strong social connections, save on municipal operating costs and achieve environmental goals.  This guide to practical solutions and strategies for is offered for free by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

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.

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 role to play. Join Charlene Seward in this recorded hour-long webinar and explore your values and beliefs as they relate to reconciliation.

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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