Funding and resources update: July 2024

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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 program – The intent of the Regional C2C program is to support the advancement of First Nation-local government reconciliation and relationship building. This program supports forums with funding of up to $10,000. The same funding maximum is also available for the development of agreements (such as protocols, MOUs, and service agreements), joint plans and/or strategies and the joint review of bylaws and/or policies to develop recommendations for amendments or new bylaws and/or policies. The total eligible grant amount is $20,000. Applications can be submitted at any time, however funding permitting, applications will only be reviewed three times in 2024. The 2024 application deadlines are September 6 and December 6, 2024.

Asset Management Planning Program – The intent of the program is to assist local governments in delivering sustainable services by extending and deepening asset management practices within their organizations. The 2024 Asset Management Planning program can provide up to 50% of total project costs to the grant a maximum of $25,000 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. Applications can be submitted at any time; however, funding permitting, applications will only be reviewed two times in 2024. The remaining 2024 application deadline is September 27, 2024.

2024 FireSmart Community Funding and Supports – The FireSmart Community Funding and Supports program provides funding to local governments and First Nations in BC to increase community resiliency by undertaking community-based FireSmart planning and activities that reduce the community’s risk from wildfire. Applications for the 2024 intake will be accepted until September 30, 2024. The 2025 program material will be available July 3, 2024 with applications being accepted from October 1, 2024 to September 31, 2025.

Disaster Risk Reduction-Climate Adaptation – The intent of the DRR-CA funding stream is to support the reduction of risks from future disasters due to natural hazards and climate-related risks through the development and implementation of; accurate foundational knowledge of the natural hazards they face and the risks associated with BC’s changing climate, and effective strategies to prepare for, mitigate, and adapt to those risks. The updated 2024 program material is now available on our website with an intake deadline of October 4, 2024.

Volunteer and Composite Fire Departments Equipment and Training – The intent of this funding stream is to build the resiliency of volunteer and composite fire departments in preparing and responding to emergencies through the purchase of new or replacement equipment and to facilitate the delivery of training. The 2024 program material is now available on our website with an intake deadline of October 18, 2024.

Indigenous Cultural Safety and Cultural Humility Training – The intent of this funding stream is to support the enhancement of cultural safety and cultural humility in the delivery of local emergency management programs and services. Activities include cultural safety and humility training, adapting emergency management tools to be inclusive of Indigenous peoples, and activities related to partnering with, or providing assistance to, Indigenous communities during emergency mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. The 2024 program material is now available on our website with an intake deadline of November 1, 2024.

Emergency Support Services Equipment and Training – The intent of this funding stream is to support services through volunteer recruitment, retention and training, including in-house training, and the purchase of ESS equipment. The 2025 program material is now available on our website with an intake deadline of January 31, 2025.

Emergency Operations Centres Equipment and Training – The intent of this funding stream is to support the building of local capacity through the purchase of equipment required to maintain or improve an EOC and to enhance EOC capacity through training and exercises. The 2025 program material is now available on our website with an intake deadline of February 28, 2025.

Public Notification and Evacuation Route Planning – The intent of this funding stream is to develop Evacuation Route Plans and/or Public Notification Plans that provide information for First Nations, local governments, and community members in the event of an emergency. The 2025 program material is now available on our website with an intake deadline of April 25, 2025.

Other Funding

Growing Canada’s Community Canopies – The Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the Government of Canada have partnered to fund small, rural and remote communities to plant two billion trees by 2031. Growing Canada’s Community Canopies will support planting the right type of trees in the right places so that communities can grow, manage and protect their tree canopies. Funding for up to $10 million is available for a variety of projects including planting trees in parks and community areas and planting seedlings in naturalized areas, as well as localized planting such as street trees. The deadline to apply is July 12, 2024.

The Intersectoral Action Fund – The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is pleased to announce the Intersectoral Action Fund (the Fund). Under the Fund, PHAC is seeking proposals for upstream community-based projects that integrate health, equity and wellbeing considerations into local decision-making, and that promote positive change. Application to the Fund is a two-stage process: the Advanced Screening Form (first stage) and the Full Application (second stage). Interested parties must request a copy of the Advanced Screening Form as directed on the Apply for the Fund web page. Only successful applicants from the first stage will be invited to submit a full application. The completed screening form must be submitted before July 25, 2024.

Capacity Development Partners Grants – As part of a new Green Municipal Fund’s initiative, Local Leadership for Climate Adaptation, to enhance communities’ resilience through knowledge and skill building, they have launched their Capacity Development Partners Grants. The CDPGs are available to not-for-profit organizations and qualified local governments for the purpose of developing training opportunities that are relevant and accessible and increase local government capacity to develop equitable climate adaptation practices. The deadline for applications is August 7, 2024.

Disaster Resilience & Innovation Funding (DRIF) Program – The DRIF program provides funding to First Nations and local governments in BC to enhance their capacity to withstand and adapt to natural and climate-driven hazards through activities that bolster community resilience by providing data, building partnerships, and supporting long-term disaster risk reduction, as well as climate adaption planning and structural and non-structural disaster risk reduction projects. Eligible applicants can submit an expression of interest which are accepted on an ongoing basis. Selections are made annually, with funding decisions determined for that year. The cutoff date for 2024 is September 15, 2024.

Forest Enhancement Society of BC (FESBC) – Wildfire Risk Reduction Funding – FESCB is accepting applications to fund projects to reduce wildfire risk on provincial crown land and increase community resiliency to wildfire across BC. Eligible activities include WRR planning and treatment prescription development, WRR treatments, and the recovery and utilization of uneconomical residual fibre resulting from wildfire risk reduction treatment funding by FESBC. Please visit their website for funding eligibility, selection criteria, application information requirements, the submission and review process, and project implementation.

Forest Enhancement Society of BC (FESBC): Fibre Utilization Projects – FESBC is accepting applications to fund projects that encourage diversity and innovation by the forest sector to utilize uneconomical residual fibre located on provincial crown land. Eligible activities include delivery of uneconomic residual fibre to non-sawlog processing facilities, or the overstorey removal and/or the delivery of uneconomic fibre to a non-sawlog facility, from fire or insect damaged stands or other stands acceptable to FESCBC and Ministry of Forests. Please visit their website for funding eligibility, selection criteria, application information requirements, the submission and review process, and project implementation.

Economic Trust of the Southern Interior Funding – ETSI’s Fall 2024 funding intake will provide up to $625,000 for economic development projects. Non-profit organizations like local governments, First Nations, economic development organizations, and industry groups in the Southern Interior of British Columbia are eligible. ETSI-BC supports strategic investments in economic development projects that will have long-lasting and measurable benefits to the Southern Interior region of BC. Applications will be received from September 10 – October 10, 2024.

Mass Timber Demonstration Program (MTDP) - The Province of B.C. and Forestry Innovation Investment (FII) are now seeking Expressions of Interest as part of the 4th call for the Mass Timber Demonstration Program. MTDP provides funding for incremental costs in the design and construction of buildings that demonstrate emerging or new mass timber or mass timber hybrid building systems and construction processes. These investments will help B.C. become a province that is more inclusive, resilient and innovative in the design, engineering, construction, and product manufacturing sectors. Successful applicants may be eligible to receive up to $500,000 in funding. The application deadline is October 21, 2024.

AddressBC First Nations Grant Program - Funding available to ICI Society First Nations Members who are looking to develop a GIS dataset of civic addresses or to improve their existing civic address dataset. Grant amounts will be awarded based on the project’s scope, impact, and alignment with the program’s objectives with applications being accepted on an ongoing basis.

Disability Management Assessment and Subsidy – A Government of Canada grant that provides free workplace disability management assessments, and up to $7,500 through an improvement subsidy to enhance processes to; significantly reduce costs and liabilities resulting from employee illness and injury, retain and engage skilled employees experiencing illness, injury, and longer-term disabilities, subsidize workplace improvements, meet provincial requirements for Accessibility Plans.

Clean Fuels Awareness – Funding for Indigenous-led awareness and education projects for cleaner transportation and clean fuels. Support for projects that increase knowledge and understanding about the opportunities, benefits, and considerations related to adopting clean fuels in industrial operations, across the economy, and for consumers. Clean fuels can include clean hydrogen and renewable natural gas, biofuels such as cellulosic ethanol, renewable diesel, and synthetic fuels and sustainable aviation fuels.

Local Community Accessibility Grant Program – Under the Accessible BC Act, local governments are required to develop a feedback mechanism, Accessibility Committee and Accessibility Plan. The Province of BC has allocated $5 million in one-time funding for eligible BC municipalities and regional districts, up to $25,000, to support the implementation of projects or priorities identified in their Accessibility Plan. Applications will be received and approved on a rolling basis until March 2026. Contact: Louise O’Shea, SPARC BC 604-718-7748,

Codes Acceleration Fund – Accelerating Decarbonization – Natural Resources Canada has issued a call for proposals for the Codes Acceleration Fund. This program is providing $100 million to help provinces, territories, municipalities, Indigenous governments, and stakeholders decarbonize the buildings sector to support the achievement of net-zero emissions. The codes provide a series of performance tiers that lead towards making all new buildings net-zero energy-ready. Only Indigenous applicants may submit applications at any time by March 31, 2025 (or until funds are exhausted).

Declaration Act Engagement Fund – The Declaration Act Engagement Fund (DAEF) provides multi-year non-repayable funding contributions to First Nations to support their capacity to engage with the Province on the implementation of the Declaration Act Action Plan and alignment of Provincial laws with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The total funding cap over four years per Nation is $1,040,000. One application per Nation. The DAEF will accept new applications between May and December each year. Applicants will only have to apply once to the program.

Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities – This funding program supports project proposals that contribute to Indigenous-led climate action through biomass heating, district heating, and combined heat and power systems, and research, development, and demonstration projects. The program is working to reduce the use of fossil fuels for heating and electricity by increasing the use of local renewable energy sources and energy efficiency. Intakes are open until the funding is fully committed or the program closes in 2027.

Capital project: Stormwater Quality, Community Project – Offered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, this program will fund capital projects that allow a community to remove 60% of total suspended solids (TSS) or a significant amount of other contaminants (e.g., e.coli, salt, grease) from its stormwater runoff. This funding helps Canadian cities and communities of all sizes protect local bodies of water through stormwater treatment. This funding has a two-stage application process. Potential applicants may submit initial review forms at any time. Application forms will be provided to eligible recipients.

Residential Schools: BC Response Fund – Provincial funding is available for First Nations-led strategies to identify, investigate, protect, and commemorate the sites of former residential schools and hospitals in BC and for the mental health, wellness, and cultural supports required to do this work. Lead communities may apply to develop and implement strategies and procedures for the ongoing identification, documentation, maintenance, commemoration, and protection of residential school cemeteries or other sites at which residential school children were buried. Up to $475,000 is available for each site.

Residential Schools: Federal Funding – Crown Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada will fund the locating, documenting, maintaining, and commemorating of burial sites associated with former residential schools, and responding to family wishes to commemorate or memorialize their losses and the children's final resting places. Proposals are welcome from Indigenous governments, councils or tribal councils, Indigenous not-for-profit groups, and organizations, including survivors’ groups, demonstrating a close working partnership with and directed by Indigenous-governed organizations.

Community Buildings Retrofit Initiative – This Federation of Canadian Municipalities initiative is intended to help fund energy efficiency upgrades for existing community facilities. The Government of Canada, through the Green Municipal Fund, is funding this $167 million initiative to help Canadian municipalities of all sizes retrofit existing community facilities, such as arenas, pools, and libraries, to significantly reduce GHG emissions, while reviving important community assets.

Legacy Fund: Building Communities through Arts and Heritage – This Department of Canadian Heritage Program provides funding for community-initiated capital projects, intended for community use. Recipients may receive up to 50% of eligible project expenses up to a maximum of $500,000. The fund supports a range of projects including capital projects that commemorate a significant local historical event; pay tribute to a significant local historical personality and the restoration, renovation, or transformation of existing buildings or exterior spaces. Applications are being accepted continuously.

BC Employer Training Grant – The BC Employer Training Grant is a cost-sharing grant program that provides employers throughout BC with skills training funding for their workforces, including prospective new hires. The grant funding helps employers respond to their changing labour needs and helps develop a skilled workforce with the right mix of skills. Employers can apply as often as they need and receive 80% of the cost of training up to $10,000 per employee, with a maximum annual amount per employer of $300,000.

Events & Resources

Government Finance Officers Association of BC: 2024 Boot Camp – This residential program held August 11-15, 2024 at the University of Victoria is designed for municipal and regional district finance professionals who are new to local government, are responsible for finance functions and aspire to be a statutory financial officer, or are in the statutory financial officer role and want a better grounding in the requirements and responsibilities of the position.

Foundations of Local Government Learning Series – LGMA is offering a multi-part, interactive learning series, delivered from September through December, to help you learn about core local government functions and topics from skilled practitioners and experts while connecting you with your peers. A 13-module online series to broaden your knowledge, strengthen your understanding, and better equip yourself to effectively support efforts across local government departments. Registration deadline is August 22, 2024.

Corporate Officer Connect Lunch Series – The Corporate Officer Advisory Committee, with the support of the LGMA, has identified the need for additional educational support for new and experienced COs to connect with their peers and engage in collaborative learning and problem solving. Join other Corporate Officers quarterly for a complimentary LGMA-hosted lunch hour discussion inspired and led by other COs. The next discussion session is scheduled for September 18, 2024.

Principles for Responsible Conduct – This online course, developed by UBCM, LGMA, and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, introduces the principles that support responsible conduct by local elected officials in BC. The interactive course is based on real-life scenarios in which learners are part of the story. The code to access the course is VV81-5TFM.

Virtual Reconciliation Engagements – Interested in raising awareness about reconciliation for your community, organization, or business? In light of the COVID-19 crisis, Reconciliation Canada is currently providing all engagements online. They can provide a virtual gathering with an inspiring speaker to help engage reconciliation in a meaningful way.

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

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.

Indigenous Services Canada – ISC works collaboratively with partners to improve access to high quality services for First Nations, Inuit and Métis. They provide information on social programs, emergency management, health, infrastructure, governance, education, economic development, funding programs, and other resources

FireSmart – 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 the program.