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UBCM: Funding & Resources Update

Press Release

August 3, 2022

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.

Community to Community Forum – The program’s goal is increased understanding and improved overall relations between First Nations and local governments. Forum events with elected officials and senior staff 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. Fall application deadline: September 2, 2022.

NEW: Disaster Risk Reduction – Climate Adaptation – This new funding stream’s intent is to support eligible applicants to reduce risks from future disasters due to natural hazards and climate-related risks. The grant maximum is $2.3 million per applicant across three activity categories. Application deadline: September 30, 2022.

Asset Management Planning – The intent of the 2022 AMP program is to assist local governments in delivering sustainable services by extending and deepening asset management practices within their organizations. Matching grants are available to support activities that advance a local government’s asset management planning or practices, and facilitate better integration of asset management planning with long term financial planning. Second 2022 application deadline: September 30, 2022.

Volunteer and Composite Fire Departments Equipment and Training – The intent of this stream is to build the resiliency of volunteer and composite fire departments in preparing for and responding to emergencies through the purchase of new or replacement equipment and to facilitate the delivery of training (up to $30,000 per eligible applicant). The purchase of major fire apparatus is not eligible. Application deadline: October 21, 2022.

Indigenous Cultural Safety and Cultural Humility Training – The intent of this stream is to support eligible applicants to enhance cultural safety and 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 (up to $30,000 per eligible applicant). Application deadline: November 25, 2022.

Emergency Support Services – The intent of this stream is to help communities build local capacity to provide ESS through volunteer recruitment, retention and training, including in-house training, and the purchase of ESS equipment (up to $30,000 per eligible applicant).  Application deadline: January 27, 2023.

Emergency Operations Centres Equipment and Training – The intent of this funding stream is to support the purchase of equipment and supplies required to maintain or improve EOCs and to enhance EOC capacity through training and exercises (up to $30,000 per eligible applicant). Application deadline: March 31, 2023.

Other Funding

BC Active Transportation Grants – Active transportation infrastructure grants are available for Indigenous and local governments, Funding is available for cost-sharing for AT network planning (up to $50,000) and infrastructure (up to $500,000). Application materials and enhanced support resources are available from the Province of BC. The application intake opens on September 6, 2022, and the deadline for submissions is October 21, 2022.

Mass Timber Demonstration Funding – Forestry Innovation Investment is seeking Expressions of Interest for the 3rd Mass Timber Demonstration Program (MTDP). The MTDP is dedicating $2M to advance mass timber innovation.  Successful applicants may be eligible to receive up to $500,000 towards the incremental costs in the design and construction of buildings that showcase emerging or new mass timber or mass timber hybrid building systems and construction processes

Refugee resettlement funding – A federal $2 million Refugee Resettlement Fund has been established to support resettling refugee families. Six BC communities (Vancouver, Kelowna, Victoria, Nanaimo, Abbotsford, Surrey) have dedicated service provider organizations to deliver the Refugee Assistance Program (RAP). RAP provides essential services to refugees in their first year in Canada. Information and resources on supporting refugees in BC can be found on the BC Refugee Hub, a provincially-funded online resource hub.

Disaster Financial Assistance – The Province of BC announced DFA is now available to local governments and First Nations impacted by this past summer’s wildfires and the recent overland flooding. The funding is available to cover disaster-related losses not covered by insurance, such as wildfire damage to public infrastructure including roads, bridges, and other publicly-owned infrastructure.

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 providing 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, has launched 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.

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

Events & 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.

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 the inspiring speaker to help engage reconciliation in a meaningful way.

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.

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.

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