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

Child Care Programs: Funding is offered under two newly announced programs.  The Community Child Care Planning Program provides funding for local governments to engage in child care planning activities in order to develop a community child care inventory and space creation action plan.  The Community Child Care Space Creation Program assists local governments to create new licensed child care spaces within their own facilities for children aged 0-5, with a focus on spaces for infants and toddlers. The application deadline for both programs is January 18, 2019.

Community Emergency Preparedness Fund: This funding program is intended to enhance the resiliency of local governments and their residents in responding to emergencies.  Upcoming application deadlines:

Emergency Operations Centres & Training - February 1, 2019
Flood Risk Assessment, Flood Mapping & Flood Mitigation Planning - February 22, 2019

Age-friendly Communities:  Projects for grants awarded under the 2018 Age-friendly Communities program should now nearing completion.  Final reports are due by January 31, 2019, unless other arrangements have been confirmed.

Other Funding

Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure: The Canadian and BC governments have committed up to $95 million towards an initial intake of the Rural and Northern Communities Program as part of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.  The program targets capital infrastructure projects in communities with a population of 25,000 or less and provides additional project funding in communities with populations of 5,000 or less. The application deadline is January 23, 2019.

Community, Culture and Recreation fund: Also part of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, Canada and BC are investing up to $134.84 million in the initial intake of this fund to support infrastructure projects in communities across the province that will improve citizen’s access to and quality of cultural, recreational and community spaces.  The application deadline is January 23, 2019.

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day 2019: The application window for Wildfire Community Preparedness Day 2019 grants will open soon.  Start chatting with your neighbours about event ideas and be ready to apply between January 14, 2019 and March 15, 2019.

Tell FCM how you are reducing GHGs in your community: Are you implementing policies and bylaws that are having a direct impact on your local greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction efforts? Complete ICLEI Canada’s and FCM’s Partners for Climate Protection survey by February 15, 2019, to include your municipality’s achievements in our 2019 National Measures Report.

Green Municipal Fund: This FCM program finances capital projects that improve air, water, and soil and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Deadline for energy, waste, water and transportation capital projects is March 1, 2019. Pilot project grants are also available.

Events & Resources

Wildfire Smoke - A Growing Threat to Air Quality and Public Health: As the global climate changes and wildfires become more frequent and intense, smoke from these fires are causing episodes of the worst air quality that many populations will ever experience, sometimes lasting for weeks or months. This one-day workshop will take place on February 6, 2019 in Vancouver.

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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