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

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 grants 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 support coordinated approaches to emergency prevention, response and recovery, increase focus on reconciliation efforts, 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: This suite of funding programs is intended to enhance the resiliency of local governments and their residents in responding to emergencies. Application deadlines are as follows:

Emergency Social Services - October 5, 2018

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

Other Funding

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.

CBT Arts & Culture Venue Grants: If your Columbia Basin organization is looking to make capital improvements to an arts and culture venue, this grant program may be for you. Deadline: September 13, 2018.

Municipal Asset Management Program: FCM's MAMP provides project funding to help local governments enhance their asset management practices for infrastructure assets such as roads, buildings, water supply and sanitation systems. Applications will be accepted until October 23, 2018.

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.

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.

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

Government Finance Officers Association of BC Asset Management Workshop

Date and Time:  Monday, September 24th, 2018 – Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Location:  Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport, 8181 Cambie Rd, Richmond, BC

According to UBCM’s results from the 2016 Gas Tax Fund Asset Management Baseline Survey, Status of Asset Management in B.C., 32% of local governments have not integrated asset management processes into long term financial planning. Of the 68% of BC local governments who have integrated asset management processes into their long term financial plans, more than half of the integrations were reported as being underdeveloped. This interactive 2-day comprehensive workshop will focus on the finance officer’s role in the asset management process from the asset management framework to the capital plan and long term financial plan integration. Topics will include asset inventory, levels of service, full lifecycle cost model, prioritization, the infrastructure deficit, and funding the asset management plan. Participants will be provided with a workshop workbook and ample opportunity for group discussions. 

Renewable Energy Transition Strategies: Practical Innovations for Urban Areas: This interactive course, designed for local government staff, elected officials, researchers, and individuals concerned about their energy future, runs from September 14 to December 8, 2018.

Environmental Flow Needs - Science, Policy & Practice: The Okanagan Basin Water Board and the Canadian Water Resources Association will host this conference on October 17 & 18, 2018, in Kelowna, BC. The conference will bring together representatives from national and international organizations engaged in water management or research, including fisheries and water managers, First Nations, regulators, policy-makers, academia, and NGOs.

NAMS Asset Management Training: This 3-day training session (October 31-November 2, 2018, in Courtenay, BC) provides staff with a broad understanding of asset management practices and will equip them to develop and implement an asset management program in their local government. The $1,650 registration is eligible for a 50% UBCM training subsidy for up to three registrants per local government.

Making the Links 2018 Symposium: Climate change, Community Health & Resilience is the theme for this first of its kind event, in November 5 & 6, 2018, in Kelowna, BC. Through inspiring speakers, engaging workshops, cross-sector dialogue, we will explore practical strategies and deepen knowledge, skills and tools for collaborative action.

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.

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.

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 staff or elected officials in medium and large municipalities who are responsible for green projects or who are interested in municipal sustainable development.

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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