Community Organization Partnership Program Frequently Asked Question

1. How do I know if my organization is eligible to apply?
Generally, eligible organizations include registered charities, not-for-profit organizations, non-profit organizations, municipalities, non-governmental organizations, schools, school boards, Indigenous Peoples organizations, faith-based organizations. Please check the Program Guidelines for eligibility criteria.

2. The Red Cross has recently launched Phase 2 of the Community Organization Partnership Program – what has changed?
Since June 2016, the Community Organization Partnership Program has received and funded numerous applications to support emergency, re-entry and recovery needs in the community.
As communities move forward in recovery, the Red Cross is now focusing our support on strategic and sustainable contributions to longer-term recovery and resilience-building in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.
To do this, we have established four Recovery Outcomes that guide our partnerships, with a focus on longer-term recovery. We now have a more structured, two stage application process, which first involves an Expression of Interest followed by a full application. The Expression of Interest 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. This process will allow us to better collaborate with and support applicants as they develop their projects.
The Program Guidelines provide all the essential information on Phase 2 of the program.
3. How long will the application review and approval process take?
The application process (including the Expression of Interest and full application) takes approximately 3.5 months.  However, keep in mind that the length of the review and approval process will depend on the type of project that is being proposed. It will also depend on the complexity of the project, and the requirements to finalize documentation.   Overarching timelines for the process will be published here.

4. Can my organization apply if we are located in another province in Canada?
Yes. We recognize that a portion of the population affected by the wildfires in Alberta cannot or will not return home.

5. How much can my organization apply for?
Applications can be made for project budgets of any size, however keep in mind that your application will be assessed in part based on how realistic and well-considered the project budget is.

6. What are the eligible costs that will be considered?
Please see the Eligible Costing Rules & Financial Management Guidelines for more detailed information. These rules are defined by our charity status, agreements with the government in relation to the Government of Alberta Matching Program, and organizational best practices.

7. For how long will organizations be able to submit applications?
The Canadian Red Cross recognizes that community recovery from the 2016 Alberta wildfires will take years, and we will continue to partner with organizations working towards recovery and resilience-building in the Wood Buffalo region. For the coming year, four rounds are anticipated, beginning in September 2017. 
8. Does my organization need to recognize contributions of the Canadian Red Cross in program/project materials?
Yes. Projects will be required to recognize the contribution of the Canadian Red Cross, and requirements for how and when to do this will be stipulated in the agreement. This is important as the Canadian Red Cross wants to recognize the generosity of the Canadian public and government funding to the Alberta Fires Appeal. 

9. Who can I contact if I have questions regarding the application?
You can contact if you have any questions. 

Community Partnerships Table

1. What is the objective of the 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 meet to review applications which contain funding requests for $100,000 or more, or projects that have a wider impact on the community.

2. What if my organization’s application is under $100,000 in funding requests?
Both the Red Cross and the United Way have established processes to continue to review and evaluate applications that are under $100,000 in funding requests. They will follow the same timelines and Call for Applications as those over $100,000, but will not be required to be evaluated by the Table, unless the projects have a wider impact on the community.

3. What if my organization wants to submit a proposal that we feel requires immediate attention?
Please submit the proposal to the funder of your choice (Red Cross or United Way) through the appropriate submission portal or email address. If you feel that the proposal requires an urgent review, please provide an explanation in your covering email. These will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

4. What is the relationship between the Community Partnerships Table and the social profit sector?
The Red Cross and the United Way recognize that many applications for funding will come from the social profits in Fort McMurray, and we are committed to supporting as many of these eligible projects as possible.

The social profit sector is represented on the Table by the Social Recovery Task Force (SRTF), which holds two places. The representatives from the SRTF were chosen by their own membership through their own nomination and election process.

5. Will my application information be shared with members of the Community Partnerships Table?
Yes. All applications that are received will undergo a thorough review process. However, if the application is eligible under the funder’s criteria, it will be reviewed as per the regular process regardless of the amount of funding requested. Once reviewed by the funder, if it is for $100,000 or over, or has a wider impact on community, it will go to the Table for review and evaluation.

6. How were the Community Partnerships Table members selected?
The individual members were selected independently by the stakeholder groups on the Table.

7. Who can I contact for more information about the Community Partnerships Table?
Please send an email to