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Grants to British Columbia Municipalities and First Nations for Events to Strengthen and Develop Community Relationships

Regional Community to Community (C2C) Forum Program


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Funding Source
Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM)
Local Government Program Services and First Nations Summit (FNS)
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Geographic Focus
Canada:British Columbia;

Important Dates
Deadline: 12/01/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants to British Columbia municipalities and First Nations for events that improve community interaction and foster dialogue. Funding is intended to strengthen connections and build relationships through forums between local governments and local First Nations leaders and groups.

The goal of a Regional C2C program is increased understanding and improved overall relations between First Nations and local governments. Starting in 2023/24, the C2C program supports this goal with funding for:

  1. Forums that support dialogue to build relationships, support reconciliation efforts, resolve issues of common responsibility, interest or concern, and/or to advance tangible outcomes. For more information on C2C forums, refer to Appendix 1:
  2. Development of agreements (such as protocols, MOUs, and service agreements), joint plans and/or strategies that advance First Nation/local government reconciliation and relationship building.
  3. Joint review of bylaws and/or policies in order to develop recommendations for amendments or new bylaws and/or policies that advance reconciliation. 

To be eligible for funding, C2C activities must work toward one or more of the following objectives:

  • Strengthening relationships and fostering future co-operative action by building stronger links between First Nation and local government elected officials and senior staff
  • Supporting local reconciliation efforts, UNDRIP, and shared capacity building
  • Developing or improving coordinated approaches to emergency preparation, mitigation, response and recovery, including recovery from the impacts of climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligible Activities:

In order to qualify for funding:

  • Activities must be completed within one year from the date of grant approval
  • Willingness of the elected officials and/or senior staff of the partnering community to participate in the activities must be confirmed and provided in writing to UBCM.
  • Activities must include direct participation by the elected officials and/or senior staff from both First Nation(s) and local government(s).
  • The communities engaging in dialogue must be neighboring. However, “neighboring” may mean in the vicinity of, but not necessarily immediately adjacent to each other.

Eligible costs are direct costs that are approved by the UBCM, properly and reasonably incurred, and paid by the applicant to carry out eligible activities. Eligible costs can only be incurred from the date of application submission until the final report is submitted. Under the Regional C2C Forum program, eligible activities must be cost-effective and may include:

  • Event organization (e.g. invitations, agendas, event planning, etc.)
  • Event costs:
    • Meals, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages
    • Venue/virtual rentals, including any required audio-visual equipment rentals
    • Facilitation services and/or guest speakers
    • Preparation of materials required for the forum, including printing costs
    • Expenses related to joint visits to participant’s facilities, lands or buildings provided the visits occur as part of the forum
  • Transportation between communities as required to attend a forum. Mileage estimates and calculations are required for vehicle travel.
  • Completion of event minutes, reports, etc. including printing costs.

For additional information regarding eligible expenditures, see:

Potential dialogue topics:


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Funding permitting, all local governments (municipalities, regional districts or the Islands Trust) and all First Nations (Treaty First Nation, Band, Tribal Council or National Government) in BC are eligible to apply.

Ineligible Costs & Activities:
Any activity that is not outlined above or is not directly connected to activities approved in the application by UBCM is not eligible for grant funding or as the community contribution. This includes:
- Routine or ongoing operating costs or activities (e.g. heating, cooling and lighting, security, software or service subscriptions, or membership fees)
- Routine or ongoing planning costs or planning activities that are not incremental to the project
- Alcohol
- Travel within communities
- Purchase of software or hardware

Pre-Application Information
Applicants will be notified of the status of their application within 60 days of the following application deadlines:
- May 5, 2023
- September 1, 2023
- December 1, 2023

In order to ensure transparency and accountability in the expenditure of public funds, all other grant contributions for eligible portions of the project must be declared and, depending on the total value, may decrease the value of the funding.

Eligible applicants may submit one application per intake.

UBCM will perform a preliminary review of applications to ensure the required application elements have been submitted and to ensure that basic eligibility criteria have been met. Only complete application packages will be reviewed. UBCM and the First Nations Summit will then review all complete applications. All funding decisions will be made by UBCM.

All applicants will receive written notice of funding decisions.

Estimated Size of Grant
The C2C program can contribute a maximum of 100% of the cost of eligible activities to a maximum of:
- C2C forums: $10,000
- C2C agreements and joint review of bylaws/policies: $10,000

Contact Information
All applications should be submitted to Local Government Program Services, Union of BC Municipalities by e-mail:

For information on the C2C Forum program, please contact:
Local Government Program Services
Union of BC Municipalities
525 Government Street
Victoria, BC, V8V 0A8
Tel: (250) 387-4470

First Nations Summit
#1200 - 100 Park Royal South
West Vancouver, BC, V7T 1A2
Tel: (604) 926-9903

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