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BC offering COVID-19 infrastructure grants

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 10:57 PST, Tue December 1, 2020

The province is accepting applications from local governments, Indigenous communities and not-for-profit organizations for nearly $136 million in infrastructure grants to help communities develop resilience in response to COVID-19.

In partnership with the Government of Canada, the funds are being made available as part of the new COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream.

The infrastructure stream will support projects that focus on retrofits, rehabilitation and upgrades to existing local government and Indigenous community buildings, COVID-19 response infrastructure, active transportation and disaster mitigation.

"This new fund will create new opportunities for communities to build the infrastructure needed to help them respond to the challenges presented by COVID-19," said provincial Municipal Affairs Minister Josie Osborne. "The accelerated approval process is part of our efforts to support economic recovery for people and communities in BC by identifying projects for funding as early as spring 2021."

The infrastructure stream is accepting applications through two ministries:

• up to $80 million is available for projects administered by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs

• up to $56 million is available for flood mitigation and adaptation projects administered by Emergency Management BC

To meet the accelerated timeline in response to COVID-19, applicants for funding under Emergency Management BC’s Adaptation, Resilience and Disaster Mitigation program have until Jan. 11, 2021, to apply. All other applicants have until Jan. 27, 2021.

Local government and not-for-profit applicants will receive up to 80 per cent of eligible project funding from the federal government and up to 20 per cent from the provincial government. Indigenous Ultimate Recipients will receive up to 100 per cent of eligible funding from the federal government.

To learn more or submit an application, click here.

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