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Community Emergency Preparedness Fund: Emergency Operations Centres and Training

Program Category: Climate Adaptation
Program Sub-Category: Emergency Mitigation / Preparedness / Planning
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Status: Open


Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM)

Deadline Details

Applications will be accepted July 1, 2024 to January 31, 2025 (funding permitting).

Funder Organization Type

  • BC Local Government and Associations

In Partnership With

BC Provincial Government

An Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) is a designated facility established by an organization or jurisdiction to coordinate the overall organizational or jurisdictional response and support to an emergency response.
Under the Emergency Program Act, municipalities and regional districts are responsible for responding to emergencies in their area. In April 2017, the Ministry of Emergency Management and Climate Readiness (EMCR) entered into a 10-year service agreement with Indigenous Services Canada in order to be able to provide equivalent emergency management services to First Nations.
In November 2023, the Emergency and Disaster Management Act came into force, replacing the Emergency Program Act. The new Act and regulations govern how to manage an emergency or disaster in British Columbia. Until they are repealed, regulations made under the former Emergency Program Act remain in force.
The intent of this funding stream is to support eligible applicants to build local capacity through the purchase of equipment and supplies required to maintain or improve an EOC and to enhance EOC capacity through training and exercises.   
For the purpose of CEPF funding, EOCs must be located in a First Nation owned building or publicly owned building or an asset owned by the primary applicant or a sub-applicant.  

Eligible Community

All local governments (municipalities and regional districts) and all First Nations (bands and Treaty First Nations) in BC are eligible to apply. 

Funding Stacking Restrictions


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 grant.  This includes any other grant funding and any revenue that is generated from activities that are funded by the CEPF.

Application Limit per Community


Specific Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for funding, proposed activities must support eligible applicants to build local capacity through the purchase of equipment and supplies required to maintain or improve an EOC and to enhance EOC capacity through training and exercises. In addition, to qualify for funding, projects must be:
  • A new or subsequent phase of a project (retroactive funding is not available);
  • Capable of completion by the applicant within one year from the date of grant approval;
  • Where applicable, eligible for required approvals, authorizations and permits; and,
  • In alignment with the Emergency Operations Centre Operational Guidelines (see program guide).
Additional requirements if it is a regional project (see program guideline, section 4). 
Applications are required to be submitted in two steps prior to the application deadline:
  1. LGPS Online Application Form
  2. Application Worksheet
See the program guide for more details.

Type of Funding

  • Grant

Range of Funding Available per Project

  • Under $100 000

Description of Funding

The Emergency Operations Centres Equipment and Training funding stream can contribute a maximum of 100% of the cost of eligible activities to a maximum of $40,000.00.
Additional funding may be available to communities that can demonstrate geographical constraints (see program guide, section 3).

Percentage of Project Funded


Maximum of 100% of the cost of eligible activities 

Eligible Costs

Capacity Building for the Community

Eligible costs are direct costs that are approved for funding, 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.
Eligible costs include: 
  • Purchase of supplies and purchase and installation of equipment
  • Training and exercises
See Section 6 of the Program Guide for further details. 

Ineligible Costs

Any activity that is not directly connected to activities approved in the application is not eligible for grant funding. 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;
  • Regular salaries and/or benefits of applicant staff or partners;
  • Duplication of recently developed information, maps, or imagery (e.g., LiDAR) provided the information remains accurate;
  • Project-related fees payable to the applicant(s) (e.g., permit fee for installation of eligible equipment);
  • Costs related to individual or household preparedness or mitigation work, including workshops and purchase of emergency supplies (e.g., first aid kits, evacuation supplies) for community members or households;
  • Development of curriculum for Kindergarten to Grade 12 education;
  • Major capital improvements or major renovations to existing facilities and/or construction of new, permanent facilities;
  • Purchase of promotional items, door/raffle prizes, give-away items, and/or gifts for community members (except costs related to local cultural protocols);
  • Use of an EOC during an emergency;
  • Training provided and paid by the Provincial Emergency Management Training Program;
  • Purchase of vehicles;
  • Emergency preparedness marketing campaigns;
  • Development or update of Emergency Management Plans and/or emergency response plans; and, 
  • Conferences

Reporting Requirements

Progress reports and final reports

Expected Timeframe for Funding Decision

Applicants will be advised of the status of their applications within 90 days of the application deadline.

Eligible applicants can submit one application per intake, including regional applications or participation.