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Each month we provide an update on UBCM funding programs and information on other programs or resources that may be of interest to local governments and First Nations.

Local Government Program Services

Asset Management Planning Program: Matching grants of up to $15,000 are available to support activities that advance local government’s asset management planning or practices and that facilitate better integration of asset management planning with long term financial planning. The next application deadline is September 28, 2018.

Asset Management Training Subsidies are also available and will cover up to 50% of the registration fee for up to three staff per local government for eligible Asset Management BC NAMS training events.

Regional Community to Community Forum Program: Matching funds of up to $5,000 are available to support elected officials and/or senior staff of neighbouring First Nations and local governments to meet to address issues of common concern. The 2018/19 C2C program has been enhanced to increase focus on reconciliation, support coordinated approaches to emergency prevention, response and recovery, and to allow elected officials or senior staff to be eligible participants. The final application deadline for this year’s program is October 19, 2018.

Community Emergency Preparedness Fund: This suite of funding streams is intended to enhance the resiliency of local governments and their residents in responding to emergencies. Four streams are now open for applications with staggered deadlines between October 5, 2018, and February 22, 2019. The Structural Flood Mitigation stream will receive applications in the fall of 2019, the deadline date will be posted soon.

Other Funding

Connecting British Columbia: This program helps pay for infrastructure required to deliver high-speed internet connectivity to rural and remote areas of the province, under two funding streams. Applications will be reviewed and assessed on a first come, first serve basis until available funds are committed.

Green Infrastructure - Environmental Quality Program: The program provides access to funding for important drinking water, wastewater, and solid waste projects to improve community infrastructure. Applications will be accepted until August 29, 2018.

Real Estate Foundation of BC: REFBC General Grants support projects that advance the sustainable use of land, and that build knowledge and professionalism in the real estate industry. The next deadline for applications is September 6, 2018.

CBT Arts & Culture Venue Grants: If your Columbia Basin organization is looking to make capital improvements to an arts and culture venue, this grant program may be for you. Deadline: September 13, 2018.

Promoting a Healthy Drinking Culture in BC: Community Action Initiative is offering convening grants of up to $15,000 to fund community dialogues around moderate-risk alcohol consumption. Grantees and their communities will be supported with alcohol-related resources and capacity-building tools, along with knowledge exchange opportunities. Applications will be accepted until November 15, 2018.

Green Municipal Fund: This FCM program finances capital projects that improve air, water, and soil and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The deadline for energy, waste, water and transportation capital projects is March 1, 2019.

First Nations Adapt Program: This federal program supports First Nations 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.

Resources

Municipal Natural Assets Watershed-level Pilot: August 17, 2018, is the due date for letters of interest in the MNAI’s Watershed-level pilot implementation in BC. The program offers a methodology and support for local governments to integrate natural assets into core asset management and financial processes using the same systems as for engineered assets.

Environmental Flow Needs - Science, Policy & Practice: The Okanagan Basin Water Board and the Canadian Water Resources Association will host this conference on October 17 & 18, 2018, in Kelowna, BC. The conference will bring together representatives from national and international organizations engaged in water management or research, including fisheries and water managers, First Nations, regulators, policy-makers, academia, and NGOs.

NAMS Asset Management Training: This 3-day training session (October 31-November 2, 2018, in Courtenay, BC) provides staff with a broad understanding of asset management practices and will equip them to develop and implement an asset management program in their local government. The $1,650 registration is eligible for a 50% UBCM training subsidy for up to three registrants per local government.

Making the Links 2018 Symposium: Climate change, Community Health & Resilience are the themes for this first of its kind event, in November 5 & 6, 2018, in Kelowna, BC. Through inspiring speakers, engaging workshops and cross-sector dialogue, we will explore practical strategies and deepen knowledge, skills and tools for collaborative action.

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 to play. Join Charlene Seward in this recorded hour-long webinar and explore your values and beliefs as they relate to reconciliation.

A Community Guide to Flood Risk Communication: Available on the Fraser Basin Council’s Retooling for Climate Change website, this guide provides an overview of best practices for effective flood risk communication. It will assist in the development of a communications strategy for a targeted community. Intended for emergency managers, risk communicators, and others working to develop messaging that empowers communities to pursue personal preparedness.

Solutions to Municipal Sustainability Challenges: Watch FCM’s Sustainable Communities Award winners’ TED-style presentations to hear about the strategies they used to develop their projects.

Climate Atlas of Canada: This interactive online tool is for citizens, researchers, businesses, and community and political leaders to learn about climate change in Canada. It combines climate science, mapping,and storytelling to inspire local, regional, and national action that will help us move from risk to resilience.

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.

สมัครฟรี 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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