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

2019/20 Community to Community Forums:  With the goal of increased understanding and improved overall relations between First Nations and local governments, C2C Forum events are intended to provide a time and place for dialogue to build on opportunities, support reconciliation efforts, resolve issues of common responsibility, interest or concern, and/or to advance tangible outcomes.  The C2C program can contribute a maximum of 50% of the cost of eligible activities – to a maximum of $5,000.00.  The first of three application intakes for this fiscal year is March 15, 2019.

Structural Flood Mitigation: The intent of this Community Emergency Preparedness Fund stream is to support eligible applicants to prevent, eliminate or reduce the impacts of hazards through construction of structural flood mitigation projects. Ongoing operational costs are not eligible. The maximum eligible funding is $750,000.  The application deadline is October 25, 2019.

Other Funding

CBT Built Heritage Grants: This program supports the preservation, rehabilitation, and/or restoration of built heritage resources in the Columbia Basin Trust region. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2019 at 2:00 pm

CleanBC Communities Fund: The $63 million CleanBC Communities Fund offers grants towards projects that support the management of renewable energy, access to clean energy transportation, improved energy efficiency of buildings and the generation of clean energy. The deadline for application submissions is March 27, 2019.

NDIT Strategic Initiatives Fund: Northern Development Initiative Trust is currently accepting grant applications for the Strategic Initiatives Fund, deadline July 31, 2019.  Approximately $600,000 is available for large-scale projects that will enhance a community's ability to overcome economic challenges and increase strategic economic infrastructure within a First Nation or local government. This funding is only available to local governments and First Nations within Northern Development’s service region.

Indigenous Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative: The objective of this initiative is to increase economic development opportunities of Indigenous Peoples and communities in Canada by supporting Indigenous communities and entrepreneurs who are ready to launch agriculture and food systems projects and others who want to build their capacity to participate in the Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector.

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.

Events & Resources

Vancouver Island Symposium on Water Stewardship in a Changing Climate:  Join delegates from the east coast of Vancouver Island and beyond, and attend a ‘watershed moment’ in Parksville. Learn why and how local government partnerships with stewardship groups can be transformational and ‘make where we live better’ to respond better to a changing climate. A field day on April 2 is followed by a 2-day symposium on April 3-4.

ALC Regional Seminars: Register by Friday March 15 for these seminars intended for local government staff and elected officials who are involved with applications, permits, bylaws, policies, enforcement, agricultural advisory committees and/or other related work that affects the Agricultural Land Reserve and/or requires consultation with the Agricultural Land Commission. Kootenay Region: Cranbrook, June 5; Northern/Interior Region: Prince George, June 12; North Region: Fort St. John, June 19.

Weathering the Storm - Developing a Canadian Standard for Flood-Resilient Existing Communities: This report from the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation presents a flood hazard and vulnerability screening framework that can help identify areas in existing residential communities that require the most immediate attention for flood risk. Application of the framework will enable communities to make better-informed decisions when prioritizing areas for flood-resiliency programming.

Resources for Rural & Small Communities: BC Healthy Communities has launched a collection of resources related to PlanH action areas, with a rural and small community lens.

State of the North: The second annual State of the North economic report has been released and offers insight into the current fiscal state of Northern B.C. and what is trending for the future.

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.

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.

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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