Funds for Border Security projects, Wildlife Conservation and Community Programs 

Defense Update

Border Security projects Call for Proposals now open. $15 Million available. Deadline: December 5th, 2012

Good Monday, Funds Fans!  Another interesting day on the funding front.  First up is a Call for Proposals from the Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP).  The News Desk at Defense Update reports that for this call, up to $15 million will be available as of April 1, 2013, for new projects under the CSSP. The call for proposals will be open from September 5, 2012, closing on December 5, 2012. The selected projects will be announced by March 2013.  “Science and technology investments are becoming increasingly important in the ever-changing risk environment,” said the Honorable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety. “The solutions delivered through the Canadian Safety and Security Program will help broaden Canada’s preparedness and response to threats.”

The Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP) is a federally-funded program, which has been allocated $43.5 million dollars annually. The program’s mandate is to strengthen Canada’s ability to anticipate, prevent, mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural disasters, serious accidents, crime and terrorism through the convergence of science and technology (S&T) with policy, operations and intelligence. The CSSP is delivered by the Defence Research and Development Canada’s Centre for Security Science (DRDC CSS), a joint endeavour with Public Safety Canada. This program will support federal, provincial or municipal government-led projects in partnership with response and emergency management organizations, non-governmental agencies, industry, and academia.  The objective of this Call for Proposals (CFP) is to engage industry, academia and all levels of government in collaborative research projects with those government departments and agencies that have both the subject matter and project management expertise to contribute to the development of S&T solutions that address Canada’s public safety and security priorities.  Three types of projects will be funded through the CFP process:  Studies, Research & Development, Technology Demonstrations.  Full details are available on MERX.

Fundsblogger Note: This CFP may be of interest to First Nation organizations interested in advocating for or providing Cultural Awareness Training for Border Crossing Guards.

Next up is Wildlife Habitat Canada‘s competitive grants program.  Deadline: November 1st, 2012.  Maximum Grant: up to $25,000+.  Three funding streams are provided as follows:

Habitat Conservation Grants: Projects that address conservation priorities of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP), including research and conservation, restoration, protection and enhancement of habitat in priority areas; projects that support habitat conservation for other important migratory game birds.

Conservation Networking Grants: Wetland Education and/or Hunter Education projects; projects that support habitat conservation networking activities and events, including national or regional stewardship activities; promote the contribution of hunters to habitat conservation; address regional and local habitat projects of importance to other migratory game birds

Newfoundland and Labrador Murre Conservation Fund Grants: Assess Murre breeding populations, productivity, survival, harvests and other mortality factors; facilitate Murre Hunting Stewardship and Wildlife Conservation to ensure that the Murre populations are sustained; projects that support Murre habitat conservation activities and events.

To see what Wildlife Habitat Canada has been doing in B.C., please look here.

In other news, the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) is now accepting applications for the following community programs:

2012 Regional Community to Community Forum – Deadline: September 14, 2012.  Maximim Grant: $5,000 (applicant must match through cash or in-kind) The goal of a Regional C2C Forum is to increase understanding and to improve overall relations between First Nations and local governments. The events are intended to provide a time and place for dialogue on issues of common responsibility or interest.

2012 Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative – Deadline: October 5, 2012.   Maximim Grant: up to $15,000+.  The Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative is a suite of funding programs administered by UBCM and managed through the Provincial Fuel Management Working Group. Since 2004, the initiative has supported communities to mitigate risk from wildfire in the wildland urban interface. First Nations should submit all application materials to the First Nations Emergency Services Society.

Final School Community Connections (SCC) Supporting Neighbourhood Learning Centres Program – Deadline: October 26, 2012.  Maximim Grant: $12,500.  The final round of funding under the SCC program is now being offered to boards of education to undertake renovation projects within their school districts, in the spirit of the Supporting Neighbourhood Learning Centres program. The final SCC program continues the original goals of the earlier programs by supporting boards of education to provide access to learning services in partnership with local governments and other community agencies.  All boards of education in BC are eligible.

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