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

Asset Management Planning Program: Matching grants of up to $15,000.00 are available to support activities that advance local government’s asset management planning or practices and that facilitate better integration of asset management planning with long term financial planning. The next application deadline is September 28, 2018.

Asset Management Training Subsidies are also available and will cover up to 50% of the registration fee for up to three staff per local government for eligible Asset Management BC NAMS training events.

Regional Community to Community Forum Program: Matching funds of up to $5,000 are available to support elected officials and/or senior staff of neighbouring First Nations and local governments to meet to address issues of common concern. The 2018/19 C2C program has been enhanced to increase focus on reconciliation, support coordinated approaches to emergency prevention, response and recovery, and to allow elected officials or senior staff to be eligible participants. The final application deadline for this year’s program is October 19, 2018.

Community Emergency Preparedness Fund: The second round of funding for the following funding streams is expected to be announced shortly: Flood Risk Assessment, Flood Mapping & Flood Mitigation Planning, Emergency Social Services, Emergency Operations Centres & Training, Structural Flood Mitigation. The announcement of an intake opportunity for Evacuation Route Planning is also expected soon.

Rural Dividend Program:  Applications will be accepted from June 1 to July 31, 2018.

An updated Program Guide with the necessary information to develop applications is now available. Program staff are available to assist applicants by phone 250-356-7950 or email.

Other Funding

New Horizons for Seniors: This federal program provides grants of up to $25,000 to organizations, including local governments, to help seniors make a difference in the lives of others and in their communities. Apply by June 15, 2018.

Climate change staff grants: The Federation of Canadian Municipalities offers grants of up to $125,000 over two years to help municipalities supplement the salary of a new or existing staff person working on climate change initiatives. Applications are accepted until June 29, 2018.

Creating Healthy Places and Community Wellness Strategy: Two new PlanH grant opportunities are being offered by BC Healthy Communities. These grants will support local governments to foster better health and well-being and collaborate with health authorities and other partners to create the conditions that enable healthy people and healthy places. The application deadline for both programs is July 15, 2018.

Green Municipal Fund: Grants and low-interest loans are available for capital projects that improve air, water, and soil and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. August 1, 2018 is the application deadline.

Real Estate Foundation of BC: REFBC General Grants support projects that advance the sustainable use of land and that build knowledge and professionalism in the real estate industry. The next deadline for applications is September 6, 2018.

Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program: FCM’s MCIP is a five-year, $75-million program that helps municipalities prepare for, and adapt to, climate change, and to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. Funded by the Government of Canada, MCIP is available to all municipalities and their partners.

Municipal Asset Management Program: FCM's MAMP provides funding for projects that will help Canadian cities and communities of all sizes enhance their asset management practices.

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.


Canadian Water Summit: Knowledge to Practice - Applying science, policy, and research to the blue economy. Save the date! June 20-22, 2018 in Vancouver.

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.

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.

Building sustainable communities with asset management: This guidebook is designed for municipal staff or elected officials in medium and large municipalities who are responsible for green projects or who are interested in municipal sustainable development.

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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