2015 Local Government Grants Program – Infrastructure Planning Grants
Circular No. 15:10
ARCS File#: 195-20
June 26, 2015
To: All Local Government Chief Financial Administrators
Re: 2015 Local Government Grants Program – Infrastructure Planning Grants
The Infrastructure Planning Grant Program (the Program) offers grants up to $10,000 to help local governments plan, design and manage infrastructure. The Program can assist in the development of long-term comprehensive plans and feasibility studies that will improve public health and safety, enhance environmental protection and increase infrastructure sustainability. Funding is available for projects that support improved water, sewer, drainage and other environmental infrastructure.
In addition to selection criteria established by the Province of British Columbia, preference will be given to applications that will lead to eventual capital projects and those that promote innovation, build partnerships, generate transferable knowledge and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Local governments that are involved in proactive infrastructure planning are better prepared to take advantage of capital grant programs. The Program can be used to help develop the long term plans, and feasibility studies that are often key to the success of an application to a capital grant program (e.g. New Building Canada Fund).
The next round of approvals for the 2015 Program will be based on applications received by July 31, 2015. Program documents can be downloaded from the Ministry’s website at: http://www.cscd.gov.bc.ca/lgd/infra/infrastructure_grants/
Local governments are encouraged to submit applications on behalf of organizations such as improvement districts, registered water utilities or other small water systems if they have been approached by these groups to assist them to benefit from the Program. Please see the Program Guide for more information regarding such partnerships.
Local Government Infrastructure and Finance Branch