Funding & Resources Update

Each month the Compass provides an update on UBCM funding programs as well as 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 are available. The next application deadline is May 3, 2019.

Urban Communities Partnering for Reconciliation: This program is 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. The application deadlines for forum events to be held by March 31, 2020 are September 13, 2019 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

Northern Development Initiative Trust 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 BC that will, in turn, retain seniors and attract a work force to 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.

Community Outdoor Revitalization: These Columbia Basin Trust 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.

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.

Ship-source Oil Pollution Fund: The SOPF is available to pay claims to victims of oil pollution damages from ships. In case of oil pollution, the Fund provides local governments with compensation for: clean-up costs and preventive measures, environmental damage repair costs, property damage, losses related to tourism and fishing, and other economic losses. The SOPF’s priority this year is to increase awareness of the Fund, so that local governments bordering the sea, lakes or rivers can benefit from the Fund in case of oil pollution from a ship or boat.

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

Community Excellence Awards: These awards recognize and celebrate UBCM members that have implemented projects or programs that demonstrate excellence in meeting the purposes of local government in BC. The awards are designed to profile promising practices and to encourage local governments to learn from the success of other members in order to implement changes in their own communities. The application deadline is Friday, May 10, 2019.

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.

Wildfire & Climate Change Webinar Series: The Fraser Basin Council’s series continues this week with “Identifying Barriers to Community Action – Learning from Wildland-Urban Interface Disasters in the Past” on May 2, 2019, from 9 to 10 am.

And if you missed the live event, the recent webinar “Planning for Resilience and Reconciliation in the Face of a Changing Climate” is now available for your interest and edification.

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.

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 BC and what is trending for the future.

Asset Management BC: Asset Management BC’s website provides a wealth of asset management tools, educational and training resources that support BC local governments in building their asset management capacity and implementation of asset management practices.

FCM's Municipal Asset Management Program 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 roles. 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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