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Toolkit for Local Governments

As part of TogetherBC, British Columbia’s Poverty Reduction Strategy, the Province is providing $5 million to the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) for the Poverty Reduction Planning & Action program. Interested communities can apply for funding to support local initiatives and plans. We created a guide providing support to local governments in considering guiding principles for the work local governments may undertake, and ideas for potential actions and initiatives.

Using the Stream Framework involves defining and being intentional about how much of your activities will be focused upstream in tackling the root causes and how much will be downstream dealing with the immediate symptoms showing up in your community. Without this, there is the danger that much good work will be downstream without realizing that this work will not ultimately make the long-term difference you hope to see. You need both approaches within your community and you need to be clear about which activities are aiming at which outcomes. Read the whole guide here.

The deadline for the application is February 28, 2020: https://www.ubcm.ca/EN/main/funding/lgps/poverty-reduction.html