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CEPF: Emergency Support Services Equipment and Training

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


Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM)

Deadline Details

The application deadline for 2024 was January 26, 2024. Funding permitting, the 2025 application deadline is scheduled for January 31, 2025.

Funder Organization Type

  • BC Local Government and Associations

In Partnership With

BC Provincial Government

The intent of this funding stream is to support eligible applicants to build local capacity to provide emergency support services through volunteer recruitment, retention and training, including in-house training, and the purchase of emergency support services equipment.  
The focus of the ESS funding stream for the 2023 intake continues to be support of the modernization of local ESS programs in order to move toward digital registration and reporting through the Evacuee Registration & Assistance (ERA) Tool. Additionally, the intake will focus on promoting knowledge sharing, enhancing mutual aid, and for applicants to act as host communities.

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


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

In order to qualify for funding, applications must demonstrate the extent to which proposed projects will build local capacity to provide emergency support services. In addition, to qualify for funding, projects must be:
  • A new project (retroactive funding is not available)
  • Capable of completion by the applicant within one year from the date of grant approval
  • Be in alignment with Emergency Support Services policies and operational guidelines
Additional requirements if it is a regional project (see program guideline). 

Type of Funding

  • Grant

Range of Funding Available per Project

  • Under $100 000

Description of Funding

Maximum of $30,000

Percentage of Project Funded


Maximum of 100% of eligible costs. 

Eligible Costs

Eligible costs are direct costs that are approved by the CEPF Evaluation Committee, 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 for ESS Responders; and,
  • volunteer recruitment and retention activities.
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, 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);
  • Delivery of emergency support services during an emergency;
  • Activities intended to increase the capacity of third-party organizations to deliver emergency support services on behalf of the approved applicant;
  • Training through EMCR sponsored courses;
  • Purchase of vehicles; and,
  • Emergency preparedness marketing campaigns

Eligible applicants can submit one application per intake, including regional applications or participation as a partnering applicant in a regional application.