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Infrastructure Planning Grant Program

Grants to British Columbia Municipalities and Regional
Districts to Develop Sustainable Infrastructure

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British Columbia Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing - Local Government Infrastructure and Finance Branch

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Grants of up to $10,000 to British Columbia municipalities and regional districts to develop and plan sustainable community infrastructure. Projects should advance public health and safety, strengthen regional and local economies, and protect the environment. The Program supports a range of initiatives related to improving water, sewer, drainage, and other environmental infrastructure.

Funding may be used to asses the economic, environmental, or technical feasibility of municipal infrastructure projects.

Examples of projects this grant will support include:

  • Asset management plans
  • Integrated stormwater management plans
  • Water master plans
  • Water conservation plans
  • Liquid waste management plans

Additionally,  applications  need  to  clearly  describe  how  the  project  will  provide  economic, social  and environmental benefits such as:

  • Cost savings and lower tax burden for residents and businesses
  • Improved public health and safety
  • Reduced ecological footprint and enhanced environmental protection
  • More efficient use of infrastructure and natural resources
  • Reduced operating costs
  • Improved community sustainability

Eligible costs are all direct costs properly and reasonably incurred in relation to the proposed project. Eligible costs include:

  • Consultant fee (e.g. travel costs, engineer assessment of phasing of project etc.)
  • Local government staff time (for projects using in-house resources)
  • In-kind contributions.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182943

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants of up to $10,000 are available. For the first $5,000 or less of costs, the grant will cover 100% of approved costs. For the next $10,000 or less, the grant will cover 50% of approved costs.

Term of Contract:

The claim period will be for approximately two years. Requests for an extension of this claim period will only be considered where there are unforeseen or extenuating circumstances.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An eligible applicant is a local government, defined as a municipality or a regional district. Local governments can submit applications on behalf of improvement districts, registered utilities or other small water systems and should include the letter of request from that organization.

Ineligible Projects
Applications will be deemed ineligible if the following exists:
-Has already begun prior to the submission of the application
-For a proposed privately-owned development
-Considered routine maintenance or repair
-Modelling or GIS based projects – note: if a project that includes a modelling component has a long-term planning goal that surpasses the modelling piece, the project may be considered eligible
-Water main/pipe testing

For information regarding ineligible project costs, click here:

Pre-Application Information:

Next deadline: January 15, 2020.

Applications are received on a continuous basis throughout the year with usually two review rounds taking place in Spring and Fall; however, grant funding may not be available after a posted deadline. If funding permits, grant applications that are not successful in their first assessment will be considered for a subsequent evaluation in the next round of approvals. Applications that are not successful within one year of submission are withdrawn from further assessment and the applicant is notified. To be considered in future rounds, a new grant application with updated information will need to be submitted.

Successful applicants will receive written notification of approved funding. Grant announcements are usually made within three months after a posted deadline. Unsuccessful applicants will receive email notification of their status.

Email is preferable. If you are unable to submit via this format, then a hardcopy can be mailed to the Ministry.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

250 387-4060

Email applications to:

Local Government Infrastructure and
Finance Branch
Victoria, BC

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: British Columbia