Alberta Wildfires 2016
Community Organization Partnership Program

Through the Community Organization Partnership Program, the Canadian Red Cross is supporting community-led initiatives that contribute to the ongoing recovery of those affected by the 2016 Wildfires in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. A total of $50M has been committed to Community Partnerships in response to the 2016 Alberta Wildfires, with matching funds from the Government of Alberta.

Since June 2016 the Canadian Red Cross has partnered with a broad range of community organizations on projects that supported the emergency relief, re-entry, and early recovery needs of those affected. Read our Community Partnerships One Year Update to learn more about the community partnerships funded in the first year, or see the full list of projects funded to date.

As the recovery process continues, the Canadian Red Cross is now focusing our partnerships support on community-led projects that make strategic and sustainable contributions to longer-term recovery and resilience-building in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

Projects can address a wide range of community recovery priorities, and must contribute to one of the following Recovery Outcomes:

  1. Community Strengthening: Enhance community networks of support that promote recovery and resilience building.
  2. Safety & Wellbeing: Increase delivery of services to address individual wellbeing and protection as well as strengthen formal and informal psychosocial support structures and networks.
  3. Indigenous Programming: Enhance culturally-appropriate support structures, programs and activities that build from community assets to address and meet emerging recovery needs and priorities of impacted Indigenous communities.
  4. Disaster Risk Reduction:  Increase community capacity to mitigate, prevent, prepare for and recover from future disasters at both the personal and community levels.

How to apply
The Community Organization Partnership Program application process now provides more opportunities for strategic guidance, support and collaboration for community organizations throughout a staged application process.

The new Expression of Interest stage gives applicants the opportunity to provide a focused snapshot of their proposed project, allowing for feedback from the Community Partnerships team prior to submitting a full application.

If you are interested in applying, please first review the Program Guidelines for further details on eligibility, assessment process, criteria, timeframes, and more.

If you are unsure if your organization or project is eligible for this program, or to discuss a project idea before applying, contact us:  To find out about our free application support workshops, drop in support sessions and other support available, click here.

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You will be redirected to the online application portal (hosted by FluidReview). Expressions of Interest and full applications must be submitted online. If you are unable to access the online forms, or for technical support please contact:

Key Dates
Expressions of Interest and full applications for the Community Organization Partnership Program will be assessed four times per year. Key dates for the upcoming assessment round are listed below.

For projects starting in Spring 2018
(February 1 – April 31, 2018)
Cut off date to submit EOI October 15, 2017
EOI Assessment by Canadian Red Cross October 16 – early November, 2017
All applicants notified of EOI results Early November, 2017
Timeframe for developing full applications, if invited to apply November, 2017
Deadline to submit full application, if invited to apply November 26, 2017
Application Assessment by Canadian Red Cross and the Community Partnerships Table as required (for applications for funding over $100,000 or wider impact across the community) November – January
All applicants notified of application results Mid-January, 2018
Red Cross & United Way Community Partnerships Table
The Canadian Red Cross and the United Way of Fort McMurray have collaborated to establish the Community Partnerships Table (the “Table”). The Table will review applications that contain funding requests for $100,000 or more or have a wider impact on the community. The mandate of the Community Partnerships Table is to evaluate pre-qualified funding applications that have been submitted to the Canadian Red Cross and/or United Way of Fort McMurray and make strategic recommendations regarding those applications in a collaborative, transparent manner. For more information on the Community Partnerships Table click here.
Questions & Help
Do you have questions about the program? Need help with the application forms? We are here to help!  Please visit our Support page for more information or contact us by emailing: