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BC Funding & Resources Update

BC Funding & Resources Update

Gas Tax Management Services
Strategic Priorities Fund:  June 1, 2017 is the next intake deadline for local governments and other recipients (outside of the Greater Vancouver Regional District) to apply for project funding under the SPF.  The program supports infrastructure and capacity building projects that are either large in scale, regional in impact or innovative, and align with the program objectives of productivity and economic growth, a clean environment and strong cities and communities. Up to 100% funding to a maximum SPF contribution $6 million per project.
Signage Requirements & Templates: Infrastructure Canada has approved a new signage package for Federal Gas Tax Fund recipients. Temporary construction signage is a requirement under the communications protocol.
 
Local Government Program Services
2017 Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative:  Applications are accepted on an on-going basis under four funding streams. Applications are reviewed three times per year and the next review deadlines are April 28 and October 6, 2017.
Regional Community to Community Forums (C2C):  Applications will be accepted until April 12, 2017, for the 2017-18 (Spring) C2C program.  This program promotes increased understanding and improved overall relations between First Nations and local governments by encouraging dialogue. Matching grants of up to $5,000 are available.
Final reports for approved forum events under the 2016-17 C2C program are due by April 28, 2017, unless a reporting extension has been confirmed.
 
Other Funding
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 climate change and infrastructure planning programs: The federal government and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities have launched two programs to address climate change in communities and to strengthen infrastructure planning and decision-making. The Climate Innovation Program and The Municipal Asset Management Program will deliver funding, training, and learning opportunities to build local government capacity.
BC Active Communities Grants: Local governments and First Nations may apply to develop programs that get people moving and promote physical activity in their communities. Deadlines and application procedures vary by Health Authority region.
Healthy Communities Capacity Building Fund: Local governments play a key role in improving social connectedness and helping communities thrive by creating strong social environments and resilient neighbourhoods. Register for an informational webinar taking place on April 26, 2017, and apply for grants by May 30, 2017.
Vancouver Foundation Health and Social Development: Short-term Develop grants (of up to $10,000) help project teams explore complex social issues and develop viable projects that might address these issues through social innovation. Deadline: April 28, 2017.
Rural Dividend Fund: Applications under the BC Rural Dividend Fund are being accepted through May 31, 2017, in four categories: Community capacity building, Workforce development, Community and economic development, and Business sector development.