The Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) is seeking applications for its Urban Communities Partnering for Reconciliation Pilot Program to support events and activities that provide a time and place for dialogue to build on opportunities, support reconciliation efforts, resolve issues of common responsibility, interest or concern, and/or to advance tangible outcomes.
Funding is available to eligible Indigenous organizations and local governments who want to create opportunities for in-person dialogue and relationship building which can help advance collaborative reconciliation plans, protocols, agreements or future projects.
- The UCPR pilot program can contribute a maximum of 100% of the cost of eligible activities – up to a maximum of $10,000.
- In order to ensure transparency and accountability in the expenditure of public funds, all revenue and/or other grant contributions for eligible portions of the project must be declared and, depending on the total value, may decrease the value of the grant.
In addition, to qualify for funding, projects must:
- Be a new project (retroactive funding is not available) or a subsequent phase of an existing project;
- Be capable of completion by the applicant within one year from the date of grant approval;
- Include direct participation by elected officials and/or senior staff from the local government and representatives and/or members of the eligible Indigenous societies;
- Include and compensate cultural leaders, elders, traditional knowledge keepers and/or artists when they are scheduled to speak, present or teach.
- Eligible applicants are:
- Legally incorporated Indigenous societies that are in good standing in BC
- Local governments (municipalities and regional districts) in BC
- Eligible applicants may submit one application.
As part of the approval agreement, approved projects must meet the following requirements for funding:
- Any in-person activities, meetings, or events must meet public health orders and/or guidance in relation to COVID-19.
- Activities must comply with all applicable privacy legislation under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act in relation to the collection, use, or disclosure of personal information while conducting funded activities. Personal information is any recorded information about an identifiable individual other than their business contact information. This includes information that can be used to identify an individual through association or inference.
- In addition, as part of both the development of the application package and the delivery of the approved project, local governments are encouraged to engage with local First Nations and Indigenous organizations. Engagement by local governments both locally and regionally can help build relationships with local First Nations, benefit both communities, and enhance reconciliation.
For more information, visit Union of BC Municipalities.