New Funding Programs

Several new grant programs were announced last week at the UBCM Convention, including funding for child care, wildfire prevention and seniors’ safety and wellness that will be administered entirely or in part by UBCM.

Two new child care programs announced by the Ministry of Children and Family Development will support local governments to better understand local child care needs and to develop new child care spaces in their communities.  Under the Community Child Care Planning program, eligible projects can receive up to $25,000.  The Community Child Care Space Creation program will award up to $1 million to local governments creating new licensed child care spaces within their own facilities.  Applications are due by January 18, 2019.

Also announced were details of the FireSmart Community Funding & Supports category of the new Community Resiliency Investment (CRI) program, offering First Nations and local governments up to either $25,000 or $100,000—depending on demonstrated risk—to undertake activities to make their communities more resilient to wildfire.  CRI replaces the Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative, and incorporates many of the recommendations of the Report and findings of the BC Flood and Wildfire Review by George Abbott and Chief Maureen Chapman.

Renewed support was also confirmed by the Ministry of Health for a 2019 round of Age-friendly Communities funding.  Local governments can receive up to $25,000 to assess and plan, and up to $15,000 to implement projects, that facilitate the creation of age-friendly communities.  For the first time, the age-friendly communities grant program is launching a pilot program for Indigenous communities.

Other provincial funding announcements included the Community, Culture & Recreation Fund and the Northern & Rural Communities Fund, part of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program which will inject $3.9 billion into projects throughout B.C. over the next 10 years.

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