Eligible Projects - Small Communities Fund

Eligible categories under the Small Communities Fund:

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

Eligible infrastructure projects are “publicly or privately owned tangible assets in British Columbia primarily for public use or benefit”. 

To be eligible for funding, a project must:

  • demonstrate that it will be able to operate and maintain the resulting infrastructure over the long term;
  • fall within one of the applicable project categories (see 3.3 of the SCF Program Guide), be consistent with the objectives of the category and directly related to one of its subcategories (see Appendix A of the SCF Program Guide), meet one or more of the project outcomes of the category and meet the specific project criteria of the category;
  • be for the acquisition, construction, renewal, rehabilitation or material enhancement of infrastructure, excluding normal maintenance or operation;
  • be supported by:
    • a project justification/business case (see Appendix B - Program Guide) for project categories: Brownfield Redevelopment, Connectivity and Broadband, Disaster Mitigation Infrastructure, Highways and Major Roads, Innovation, Local and Regional Airports; Public Transit, Short Sea Shipping, and Shortline Rail; or
    • a project specific supplementary form for project categories: Drinking Water, Green Energy, Solid Waste Management, and Wastewater;
  • the application and supporting documents should be comprehensive, credible, and feasible;
  • stipulate a construction completion date of no later than March 31, 2023;
  • be implemented in communities served by Local Governments with a population of less than 100,000 people, as set out in the Statistics Canada Final 2011 Census;
  • be duly authorized or endorsed by, as applicable:
    • in the case of a local government applicant, a resolution of its council/board; or
    • in the case of a private sector body, including for-profit and not-for-profit organizations,  a resolution o f its board of directors and a resolution of the local government where the proposed project is to be located;
  • meet all the program criteria identified in the SCF Program Guide;
  • contributions to for-profit, private sector bodies through the NBCF-SCF will be considered only when these projects will be for public use or benefit.  In these cases, applicants will be required to demonstrate the broader public benefits of the project;
  • First Nations projects, located partially or entirely on reserve, that are aligned with the parameters of the program are eligible if they can demonstrate benefits extending beyond the reserve community, in addition to meeting the above conditions.