BCWWA – BC Infrastructure Grants

Glen Brown – Ministry of Community Services Session Moderator.

Darry Kemping – Municipal Engineering Services Branch – Ministry of Community Services, presents a session on the grant programs available to municipalities in BC.

Grants are a key mechanism for many BC communities to fund the capital
works required to upgrade their communities. Unfortunately there are
many different types and requirements

What Programs are Out There?

These are the grants that are either ongoing or accepting future intakes in BC.

Infrastructure Planning Grant Program
Provides up to $10,000 to municipalities for long term comprehensive plans and studies that assess the viability of proposed infrastructure projects.

  • Public Health and Safety
  • Environmental Portection
  • Community Sustainability

Applications are on a continuous basis, but there are “soft deadlines” July 31st.

Towns For Tomorrow
Communities under 5000 people, 80/20 cost sharing up to $400,000
Eligible Projects – Just about everything!
Selection Criteria

  • Green House Gas Reductions
  • Public and Environmental Health

2008 Deadline has closed, project evaluation underway. 2009 program (3rd and final round) will be posted the year.

Gas Tax
Administrated by UBCM
Second Intake closes this Wednesday. But future funding intake is likely. There are two funds..

  • General Strategic Priorities Fund
  • Innovations Fund

100% Funding for eligible projects.

Building Canada Fund
Newly announced federal program to be implemented by Provinces, the details still need to be ironed out.
$1.04 billion dollars to be allocated to two main areas…

  • – Communities Component (Could be similar to MRIF)
  • – Major Infrastructure Component

Green Cities Awards
Recognizes communities that are making a difference, designing sustainable communities that encourage physical activity, energy conservation, and produce environmental benefits.
Based on a community’s actions over the past couple of years and their efforts to be more sustainable. Communities have to self nominate. There will be a 2009 intake.

Published by Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada.