New Grant Programs: Towns for Tomorrow, Spirit Squares and LocalMotion Fund
Circular No. 07:03
ARCS File#: 195-20
January 11, 2007
To: All Local Government Financial Administrators, Engineers and Planners
Re: New Grant Programs: Towns for Tomorrow, Spirit Squares and LocalMotion Fund
Last December the Province of British Columbia launched the following three new programs:
- LocalMotion Fund - $40 million program (over the next four years), to cost-share capital
projects with local governments directed at building bike paths, walkways, greenways, improving
accessibility for people with disabilities and support programs to get kids playing in communities
and parks. www.localmotion.gov.bc.ca
- Towns for Tomorrow - $21 million program (over the next three years) to small communities and
towns with populations under 5,000 people, for cost-shared capital infrastructure projects.
- Spirit Squares - $20 million in cost-shared capital funding to assist communities in creating
and enhancing public outdoor meeting space where they can celebrate their community pride and their
community spirit. www.spiritsquares.gov.bc.ca
Detailed program information is available on the Internet at the addresses listed above. There, you
will be able to attain full details of each of the programs, including; full program guides and
applications that contain specific program criteria such as eligible applicants, number of
applications per eligible applicant, eligible project categories and selection criteria.
Applications are currently being accepted for these programs. The deadline for applications for the
three new programs is February 16, 2007. The LocalMotion Fund and Towns for Tomorrow are ongoing
programs and will have additional deadlines. Those that have their applications in by this deadline
will be considered for the first round of project approvals, currently set for spring 2007.
If you require further information, please visit the appropriate website or contact the Ministry
of Community Services, Local Government Infrastructure and Finance Division at 250 387-4060.
Original signed by:
Infrastructure and Engineering