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:  This program seeks to support local governments to take next steps on the path to better asset management practices. A further objective of the program is to support local governments in meeting their asset management commitments under the Gas Tax Fund.  Matching grants of up to $15,000.00 are available.  Application deadlines are May 3 and October 4, 2019.

Urban Communities Partnering for Reconciliation: This program intended to support events and activities that 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.  Funding is available to eligible Indigenous organizations and local governments who want to create opportunities for in-person dialogue and relationship building.  The application deadline is May 24, 2019.

Regional 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.  Application deadlines for this fiscal year are September 13 and December 6, 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

Columbia Basin Trust Grants: Environment Small Grants and Social Small Grants, of up to $5,000, are available to municipalities, regional districts and Indigenous organizations in the CBT region.  The deadline is April 30, 2019.

Community Outdoor Revitalization Grants are available to municipalities with populations of 5,000 or less, unincorporated areas and First Nations communities. The deadline to apply for capital grants is June 14, 2019. Project Planning and Design Grant applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Northern Development Initiative Trust Housing Grants: Three new funding programs to assist local governments in creating strategic solutions to housing needs in their communities.

The Housing Needs Assessment program provides one-time grant funding to local governments for the development of a comprehensive housing needs assessment that covers the entire community. Up to $10,000, or 50% of the eligible project budget, is available to local governments. The intake is continuous and applications will be approved on a first come, first served basis until the $200,000 annual funding allocation has been fully committed.

The Community Planning for Housing program provides local governments with up to $40,000 to hire one employee for one year to identify housing issues and develop appropriate responses that will encourage the development of housing that meets the needs of their community. Host communities must commit a minimum of $10,000 toward the salary to support a base minimum salary of $50,000. The deadline to apply is May 10, 2019.

The Northern Housing Incentive program provides funding to local governments to create a ‘Dollars to the Door’ program that will enhance and support economic development by incentivizing private sector housing developments across Northern B.C., which will, in turn, retain seniors and attract work force and thereby increase business and employment opportunities. Local governments are eligible to receive a grant of up to $10,000 per dwelling created in a multi-unit market housing project up to $200,000. There are four intakes for this program per year.

NDIT Strategic Initiatives Fund:  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.  Deadline is July 31, 2019.

Local Government Restructure Grants: This program supports the arms length, credible examination of the potential impacts of significant changes to the geography or services of a local government. These grants also cover the transition and implementation costs to reduce barriers to restructuring local governments.

FCM Funding Opportunities: Visit this site to learn about FCM’s funding offerings, from plans and studies, to pilots, capital projects and more.

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

Adaptation Canada 2020: The Call for Abstracts for Adaptation Canada 2020 is now open - with a submission deadline of May 21, 2019. Adaptation Canada will bring to Vancouver experts and leaders from diverse sectors, regions and jurisdictions to work on how to build climate change resilience in our communities, ecosystems and economies.

Webinar - FireSmart in BC: FireSmart Canada leads the national efforts to engage citizens and communities in reducing wildfire risk. This webinar will describe the national programs and opportunities for communities as well as new initiatives in BC to expand FireSmart activities across the province. This webinar is part of the Wildfire and Climate Change Winter/Spring 2019 series.  April 18 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm PST.

BC FireSmart Website: The BC FireSmart Committee has launched a new website in time for the 2019 wildfire season.  The website introduces the FireSmart program and its seven disciplines and is intended as a one stop shop for all things FireSmart. The site includes links to training, education, an events calendar, resource library and downloadable content. It also features a short video inviting everyone to become involved in prevention and to learn about the benefits of FireSmart.

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.

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.

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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