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

Applications are currently being accepted for the following funding programs. A complete and chronological listing (by intake deadline) of currently offered Local Government Program Services grants is also available on the UBCM website.

Regional Community to Community Forums: The goal of a Regional C2C Forum is increased understanding and improved overall relations between First Nations and local governments. Forum events are intended to provide a time and place for dialogue to build on opportunities, support reconciliation efforts, and resolve issues of common responsibility, interest or concern. Two intake deadlines have been set for the 2020/21 fiscal year: September 4 and December 4, 2020. See the recently published Guide to Community to Community Forums in British Columbia for more information and helpful advice on convening a forum, including sample event plan, agenda, etc.

Asset Management Planning:  Matching grants of up to $15,000.00 are available to support activities that advance a local government’s asset management planning or practices, and that facilitate better integration of asset management planning with long term financial planning. The application deadline is September 11, 2020.

Community Resiliency Investment: The 2021 FireSmart Community Funding & Supports program stream of CRI has been announced. Local government and First Nation applicants can choose from a variety of FireSmart and fuel management activities, supported by wildfire resiliency planning and rationale. Funding maximums have been increased for communities with a lower risk class, and regional districts can apply for $50,000 per electoral area, over and above the base grant maximum. Application deadline is October 9, 2020.

Housing Needs Report Program: This program supports local governments in undertaking housing needs reports in order to meet the provincial requirements. The reports will strengthen the ability of local governments to understand what kinds of housing are most needed in their communities, and help inform local plans, policies, and development decisions. Deadline: October 16, 2020. 

Active Transportation Planning: The intent of this program is to support local governments, with populations of up to 25,000, to incorporate or enhance active transportation components of formal planning documents. Applications are due by October 30, 2020.

Community Emergency Preparedness Fund: The following intake deadlines have been confirmed for CEPF funding streams:

  • Structural Flood Mitigation - October 23, 2020.
  • Evacuation Route Planning - November 6, 2020

Funding permitting, the following additional intakes are anticipated in 2021. Application deadlines are to be confirmed:

  • Emergency Support Services
  • Emergency Operations Centres
  • Training and Flood Risk Assessment
  • Mapping & Mitigation Planning

Other Funding

BC Housing Community Housing Fund: The BC Government is inviting non-profit and Indigenous housing societies, First Nations, housing co-operatives and municipalities to propose new affordable housing projects for the second intake of the Building BC: Community Housing Fund. The RFP will remain open until mid-January 2021. Organizations that have “Construction-Ready Projects” are encouraged to apply early, by September 4, 2020.

Provincial Wood Stove Exchange Program:  The Provincial Wood Stove Exchange Program changes out old, smoky wood stoves for cleaner heating options including heat pumps, gas or pellet stoves and cleaner-burning wood stoves. The program is offered in communities around the province and provides funding to promote the exchange and offer incentives to replace old wood stoves. It also delivers education to help people operate their wood-burning appliances efficiently. The Province and BC Lung Association are currently soliciting proposals from communities that want to participate in the program. The deadline for 2020/2021 community funding applications is September 23, 2020.

Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure: The Canadian and British Columbian governments have committed up to $100.6 million towards the second intake of the Community, Culture, and Recreation Program to support cost-sharing of infrastructure projects in communities across the province. This intake is designed to target projects starting in 2021 or 2022. Application deadline is October 1, 2020.

Municipal Asset Management Program: MAMP is an eight-year, $110-million program funded by Infrastructure Canada to support Canadian municipalities and communities in making informed infrastructure investment decisions based on stronger asset management practices.

Arts Infrastructure Program: This British Columbia Arts Council program enables eligible organizations to develop and enhance spaces that support the work of B.C.’s arts and cultural practitioners. Deadline is October 19, 2020.

Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure: The Rural and Northern Communities (RNC) Program was established to ensure the unique needs of British Columbia’s small, rural and remote communities are met – supporting their wide range of infrastructure priorities. Canada and British Columbia have committed up to $58.7 million towards the second intake of the RNC Program to support cost-sharing of infrastructure projects in communities across the province for projects starting in 2021 or 2022. Application deadline is October 22, 2020.

Childcare BC New Spaces Fund: This program provides funding to build quality, licensed child care in all regions of the province (on and off reserve). Indigenous Governments are eligible for up to $3 million in capital funding and Indigenous non-profit societies are eligible for up to $1.5 million (both at 100% Provincial contribution) to build a child care centre, renovate a building to create child care, or renovate to expand current child care services. The intake is opens and applications due on November 1, 2020.

CleanBC Communities Fund: The Canadian and British Columbian governments have committed up to $47 million towards a second intake of the Green Infrastructure - CleanBC Communities Fund (CCF) to support cost-sharing of infrastructure projects in communities across the Province. This intake is designed to target projects starting in 2021 or 2022. These projects will focus on the management of renewable energy, access to clean-energy transportation, improved energy efficiency of buildings and the generation of clean energy. Application deadline is November 12, 2020.

Funding for Energy Efficient Affordable Housing: This $300 million FCM initiative offers support to local and affordable housing providers, including local governments, to retrofit affordable housing units or build new energy efficient units. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis until annual funds are exhausted.

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. Proposals can be submitted at any time until September 30, 2022.

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.

New Relationship Trust: The NRT is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening First Nations in BC through capacity building. Numerous funding, initiatives and resources are available on their website

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

Northern Development Initiative Trust: Northern Development offers a range of funding programs suited to a diverse set of economic development priorities in central and northern British Columbia.

Columbia Basin Trust: CBT offers the grants and programs to help residents and communities in the Basin take action on issues that are important to them.

Other Funding Opportunities: BC Healthy Communities has compiled a list of funding opportunities worth knowing about, along with guides and resources to support your grant writing activities.

Events & Resources

Climate Health Action Planning for First Nations: The First Nations Health Authority is hosting this webinar, Indigenous Climate Health Action: How to Adapt, Plan and Inspire, across health regions from September 2 to 23, 2020. Register to learn more about the FNHA's Indigenous Climate Health Action Program funding.

Understanding Risk British Columbia: This online, collaborative symposium and event series will foster place-based risk reduction strategies to proactively enhance resilience and improve disaster recovery pathways in BC. Registering to attend provides access to over 20 online events that will connect you to the region’s most cutting-edge conversations about disaster risk reduction and building resilience. Events take place from September 6 - November 24, 2020.

Indigenous Self-Determination through Fiscal Governance: Join Manny Jules, Chief Commissioner of the First Nations Tax Commission, to take a closer look at how First Nations communities in B.C. and across Canada are expanding their tax jurisdiction, implementing property tax systems, and laying the foundations for prosperous and vibrant communities. Learn how the First Nations Tax Commission helps its members achieve self-governance over taxation, and the benefits that flow from exercising those powers. September 15, 2020 at 1:30pm.

Reconciliation in a Time of Uncertainty: Dr. Robert Joseph, Hereditary Chief of the Gwawaenuk First Nation, is always a delight to listen to. Here is the link to his recent webinar presentation on the impacts of COVID-19 on reconciliation in Canada and the opportunities emerging from this crisis of working and being together.

The State of the Economy in Northern BC: This issue of Northern Dispatch asks the question,” how has COVID-19 impacted the economy in Northern B.C.?”

Rapid Action Resources for Local Governments - Community Food Production: Over the coming months, PlanH will be releasing a series of Rapid Action Resources to provide local governments with an understanding of the equity considerations around various aspects of food security, as well as examples of good practices in food security from other local governments in the province.

BC FireSmart Website: This 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.

Financing tools for local climate action: Canadian municipalities are reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through pilot projects, municipal programs, and more. However, financing these initiatives can be a significant challenge. FCM’s toolkit explains how your municipality can leverage private and community investors to help you take action on climate change in your community.

ReTooling for Climate Change: The Fraser Basin Council hosts this first-stop website on climate change adaptation. Here is the place to find top tools and resources for BC local governments, First Nations and the natural resource sectors as everyone prepares for the impacts of climate change, now and in the years ahead.

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.

BC Rural Centre: The Centre provides a wealth of links to assets, news, videos, services, and resources of value to rural British Columbians.

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.

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.

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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