Applications are now being accepted for all components of the 2017/18 Alberta Community Partnership grant program, including the Intermunicipal Collaboration (IC) and Mediation and Collaborative Processes (MCP) components. IC applications are due by January 2, 2018, and MCP applications are due by February 1, 2018.
The IC component grant criteria have been updated to prioritize the selection of projects that support intermunicipal collaboration framework (ICF) development. This includes projects which directly produce frameworks for regional approaches to service delivery, address outstanding regional service gaps, and resolve capacity related barriers to successfully build regional service frameworks.
Municipal Government Act (MGA) amendments have made ICFs and intermunicipal development plans mandatory. AUMA and AAMDC are currently developing guidance documents to help municipalities develop ICFs; these resources will be available early in the New Year.
While this new requirement only affects municipalities, municipalities are encouraged to invite neighbouring Métis Settlements to their discussions as there may be opportunities for all communities in an area to benefit from working together.
A new stream has also been established under the MCP component to support ICF negotiating. These funds are available to municipal partnerships that may need additional facilitation support in their ICF negotiations to help them be successful in building upon their important regional relationships.
Additional details, and the application form and program guidelines can be found on the Municipal Affairs website.