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

Community Emergency Preparedness Fund: Upcoming funding application deadlines for this new program are: February 2, 2018, for Emergency Operations Centres & Training; and April 13, 2018, for Structural Flood Mitigation. See the article in today’s Compass.

Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative:  Applications are invited by February 23, 2018, under the fuel management Prescription, Operational Treatment and FireSmart Planning & Activities program streams of SWPI. See the article in today’s Compass.

Final reports for grants awarded under the 2017 FireSmart Planning program are due by January 31, 2018, unless an extension has been approved.

Asset Management Planning Program: Matching grants of up to $15,000 are available to support activities that advance a local government’s asset management planning or practices, and that facilitate better integration of asset management planning with long term financial planning. Applications will be reviewed following the March 31, 2018 intake deadline.

Final reports for grants awarded under the 2017 AMP program are due no later than January 31, 2018, unless an extension has been approved.

2017 Age-friendly Communities Reporting: Final reports for grants awarded under the 2017 AFC program are due no later than January 31, 2018, unless an extension has been approved.

Other Funding

Infrastructure Planning Grant Program: Grants of up to $10,000 are available to support local government in projects related to the development of sustainable community infrastructure, such as capital asset management plans, community energy plans, integrated storm water management plans, water master plans and liquid waste management plans. The deadline for this provincial funding is January 18, 2018.

Aviation Infrastructure Funding: The British Columbia Air Access Program (BCAAP), provides capital funding to assist BC aviation facilities, including airports and water aerodromes, for improvements to their infrastructure. Deadline is February 9, 2018.

BikeBC: To encourage healthy living and to help address climate change, the Province of B.C. is cost-sharing cycling infrastructure projects with local government through our BikeBC program. Deadline is February 9, 2018.

Water Conservation and Quality Improvement Program:  Offered through the Okanagan Basin Water Board, this program provides funds to local governments, irrigation districts, and non-profit organizations in the Okanagan Basin for projects that conserve and protect water. Total 2018 funding of $300,000 is available and the application deadline is February 16, 2018, at 4pm.

Real Estate Foundation of BC: The REFBC offers two General Grant intakes per year for projects related to sustainable land use, built environment sustainability, freshwater sustainability, local and sustainable food systems, and professional excellence in real estate. Local governments and First Nations may apply by February 28, 2018.

Municipal Asset Management Program: Federal funding is available through FCM to help local governments adopt asset management practices. Eligible applicants may apply to both the FCM MAMP and the UBCM Asset Management Planning program for activities that are eligible under both programs. Applicants can leverage both programs to meet the community contribution requirements.

Environmental Assessment Participant Funding Program: The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency provides funds to ensure that concerns from the public and Aboriginal groups are taken into consideration during an environmental assessment process.

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.

Climate change and infrastructure planning programs: The federal government and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities have launched two programs to address climate change in communities and to strengthen infrastructure planning and decision-making. The Climate Innovation Program and The Municipal Asset Management Program will deliver funding, training, and learning opportunities to build local government capacity.


Northern Development Initiative Trust: Northern Development offers a range of funding programs suited to a diverse set of economic development priorities in central and northern British Columbia. The 2017 “State of the North” report is now available online.

Retooling for Climate Change: This Fraser Basin Council website is rich with tools and resources to help communities adapt and prepare for the impacts of climate change now and in coming years.

Sustainable Communities Conference: This FCM conference will be held in Ottawa from February 6 to 8, 2018.  Sustainability leaders from coast to coast to coast will come together for Canada’s premier municipal sustainability event.

Smart Cities Challenge: The Government of Canada, through Infrastructure Canada, wants innovative solutions to economic, environmental, and social problems. The Smart Cities Challenge is a competition to help solve Canada’s biggest challenges. It is open to all municipalities, local or regional governments, and Indigenous communities across the country. Communities will have until April 24, 2018 to submit their applications.

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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