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Towns for Tomorrow: 2008 Grant Application Intake


Circular No. 07:22
ARCS File#: 195-20


December 7, 2007
To: Municipal Chief Administrative Officers, Engineers and Planners for those municipalities with a population of 5,000 and below; Central Coast Regional District
Re: Towns for Tomorrow: 2008 Grant Application Intake

Applications are now being accepted for the 2008 Towns for Tomorrow Program (Program) for capital projects that make communities greener, healthier and more active and accessible places in which to live. Project selection criteria include:

  • contribution towards community greenhouse gas emissions reductions;
  • improved public and environmental health;
  • advancing ActNow BC’s principle of being more physically active; and
  • building seniors-friendly and disability-friendly communities.

The Towns for Tomorrow Program is investing $21 million over three years for capital projects in local governments with a population of 5,000 people or less. Projects will be cost shared 80/20 (provincial/municipal) with a maximum provincial contribution of $400,000. Investments in water quality, public transit, energy efficient and green buildings, recreation and cultural amenities and protective and emergency services infrastructure are all eligible for this Program.

To encourage small communities to invest in training and other professional development initiatives, the Program also includes a ‘capacity building’ component. This allows up to ten percent of eligible costs to be committed to developing capacity in sustainable approaches to infrastructure planning and management.

Program information including the 2008 Program Guide and Application Package that contain specific 2008 Program details such as project eligibility and selection criteria is available on the Towns for Tomorrow website at

All available Towns for Tomorrow funding for the 2007 intake has now been fully committed. Please visit the Program website for information on approved projects. Applications submitted under the 2007 Program will remain active if a Project Update Form and updated supporting documentation are submitted to the Ministry. In addition, new applications are also welcome at this time. Please be sure to read the 2008 Program Guide before completing the Application Form or Project Update Form.

To be considered for the next round of approvals, all Application Forms, Project Update Forms and supporting documentation must be received at the Ministry by March 15, 2008. The next round of successful projects will be announced in summer 2008.

Original signed by:
Glen Brown
Acting Director
Local Government Infrastructure and Finance

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