NOW OPEN: New Building Canada Fund for Small Communities

new buildig canada planHey Funds Fans!  This is a serious fund.  I should also note that this funding package appears to group a bunch of previously individually funded programs into a single-source, competitive process.  My inner skeptic says that the “New Building Canada Plan” is a hokey bunch o’ marketing crap that really means “The costs of government in this country is so high that we are going to take from small communities so that we don’t have to change our incredibly wasteful processes.” Just a guess. #CanadianSenate 

NEW BUILDING CANADA FUND – SMALL COMMUNITIES: Canada and British Columbia governments are investing up to $218 million under the New Building Canada Fund – Small Communities Fund (NBCF-SCF) Program to support infrastructure projects in communities with a population of less than 100,000 people. Deadline: February 18th, 2015.  Grants from $25,000+.

Applications for funding will be evaluated on the extent to which the project meets the following program objectives:

  • economic growth;
  • a clean environment; and
  • building stronger communities.

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: (municipalities, Band Councils, private entities including NGO’s)

  • A municipal or regional government established by or under British Columbia legislation;
  • A provincial entity or public sector body (e.g., a department, corporation or agency) that provides municipal-type infrastructure services to communities, established under British Columbia legislation;
  • A band council within the meaning of section 2 of the Indian Act; or a government or authority established pursuant to a Self-Government Agreement or a Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement between Her Majesty the Queen in right of Canada and an Aboriginal people of Canada, that has been approved, given effect and declared valid by federal legislation.
  • A private sector body, including for-profit organizations and not-for-profit organizations, whose application is supported by a municipal or regional government referred to above by way of a resolution from the municipal council or regional government board.

The following are eligible project categories:

  • Brownfield Redevelopment
  • Connectivity and Broadband
  • Disaster Mitigation Infrastructure
  • Drinking Water
  • Green Energy
  • Highways and Major Roads
  • Innovation
  • Local and Regional Airports
  • Public Transit
  • Short Sea Shipping
  • Shortline Rail
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Wastewater

There you have it, folks.  It’s a dog-eat-dog world of funding out here.  Consider hiring a Professional Writer for your funding application 🙂