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

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

Regional Community to Community Forum Program:  Funding is available to support elected officials and/or senior staff of neighbouring First Nations and local governments to meet to address issues of common interest. Matching grants of up to $5,000 are available.  For C2C Forum events to be convened by March 31, 2019, the application deadline is October 19, 2018.

Age-friendly Communities:  This program assists BC communities to support aging populations by developing and implementing policies and plans, undertaking projects that enable seniors to age in place, and facilitating the creation of age-friendly communities.  Grants are offered in two streams: Stream 1 - Age-friendly Assessments, Action Plans & Planning; and Stream 2 - Age-friendly projects.  A pilot program is being introduced in 2019 to offer up to five First Nations the opportunity to apply for Stream 1 grants. Applications for the 2019 program are due by November 2, 2018.

FireSmart Community Funding & Supports:  A part of the new Community Resiliency Investment Program, this funding is intended to reduce the risk and impact of wildfire to communities in BC.  Scaled funding of up to $100,000 is available at 100% funding and 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:  This 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, 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.

FCM Municipal Asset Management Program: Due to high demand for asset management grants through FCM's MAMP funding has been fully allocated for non-Quebec municipalities.

Salmon-Safe BC Design Competition for Urban Development: Stormwater run-off is one of the largest non-point sources of pollution in urban areas affecting the health of salmon and our watersheds. This program provides grants and an opportunity for visionary, progressive and innovative development champions and other landowners to bring design solutions for responsible land and water management to life. Deadline: October 31, 2018.

Health and Wellness Grant for Indigenous Communities: Grants of up to $8,500 are available for up to 10 Indigenous local governments and/or organizations to better understand local needs and to take action to improve community health and wellness in their community or region. Focus areas can include social or cultural connectedness, food security, healthy built and natural environments, healthy aging or other topics. Deadline: November 5, 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.

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.

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

Events & Resources

Environmental Flow Needs - Science, Policy & Practice: The Okanagan Basin Water Board and the Canadian Water Resources Association hosts this conference on October 17 & 18, 2018, in Kelowna, BC, bringing 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.

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.

Municipal Natural Assets Initiative: MNAI has extended the period for local governments to submit applications to its watershed-level program, focussed on the needs and capacities of smaller/rural communities, until a suitable candidate is found.  An updated RFEOI document is attached.

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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