The Community Emergency Preparedness Fund (CEPF) is a suite of funding to enhance the resiliency of local governments and their residents in responding to emergencies. Funding is provided by the Province of BC and is administrated by Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM). 

The intent of the Emergency Operations Centres & Training Funding is to support eligible applicants to build local capacity through the purchase of equipment and supplies required to maintain or improve Emergency Operations Centres (EOC) and to enhance EOC capacity through training and exercises. Ongoing operational costs are not eligible. All local authorities (as defined by the Emergency Program Act) and Treaty First Nations (as defined by the Interpretation Act) in BC are eligible to apply.


In order to qualify for funding, applications must demonstrate the extent to which proposed projects will maintain or improve EOCs and/or enhance EOC capacity. Eligible activities must be cost-effective and may include:

  • Purchase of equipment and supplies to maintain or improve EOCs (e.g. information technology, communication systems, generators, trailers, etc.)
  • Training and exercises to increase EOC capacity
  • Establishing public emergency communications systems or programs

The Emergency Operations Centres & Training funding stream can contribute a maximum of 100% of the cost eligible activities to a maximum of $25,000.




The application deadline is February 1, 2019. Applicants will be advised of the status of their application within 90 days of the application deadline. 

Required Application Contents:

  • Completed Application Form
  • Local government council or Board resolution, indicating support for the current proposed activities and willingness to provide overall grant management. 
  • Detailed budget for each component identified in the application. This must clearly identify the CEPF funding request, applicant contribution, and/or other grant funding.
  • For regional projects only: Each partnering local authority must submit a local government Council or Board resolution, or Treaty First Nation resolution, indicating support for the applicant to apply for, receive and manage the grant funding on their behalf.

Applications should be submitted as Word or PDF files. If you choose to submit your application by e-mail, hard copies do not need to follow.

Local Government Program Services, Union of BC Municipalities

E-mail:    Mail: 525 Government Street, Victoria, BC, V8V 0A8

Download Application Form right here.