Alberta Wildfires 2016
Community Organizations Partnership Program

The Canadian Red Cross $50 Million Community Organization Partnership Program will fund a range of initiatives identified by community groups, municipalities, registered charities and other organizations affected by the Alberta Wildfires and to support local groups and organizations working with affected populations.

Consistent with the approach in past responses, projects and activities in support of Fort McMurray and other fire-affected communities will be community-driven and initiated by the community through an online application process.

View our One Year report here which outlines our current partnerships to date. 

Click here for an infographic about how we help individuals and families through the Community Partnership Program.  

How to apply
If you are interested in submitting an application for the Program, please click here. You will be re-directed to the online application portal (hosted by FluidReview). Only applications submitted through the online tool will be accepted. 

Call for Applications
Applications for the Program have been accepted since June 2, 2016. Since then, both the Red Cross and the United Way have received numerous applications, many of which were to support emergency needs and re-entry needs. With the creation  of the Community Partnerships Table, and as the emergency phase starts to wind down, the Red Cross and the  United Way are establishing five upcoming Calls for Applications.

For the 2016-2017 year, these will be:

  • September 26, 2016 up until October 16, 2016
  • November 1, 2016 to November 30, 2016
  • February 1, 2017 to February 28, 2017
  • May 1, 2017 to May 31, 2017
  • August 1, 2017 to August 31, 2017
Key Documents

Here are some key documents that will help you prepare your application for submission:

To get started, you will need to register for the online portal. Once you register you will be required to complete two eligibility surveys. These will determine whether your organization and project are eligible for the Community Partnerships program.

If you are unsure if your organization or projects are eligible for this program, please go to this page or contact us at

Red Cross & United Way Community Partnerships Table
The mandate of the Community Partnerships Table (the “Table”) is to evaluate pre-qualified funding applications which 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. Through this evaluation, Table members may also note trends in gaps, vulnerabilities and needs of the community. The Table may make recommendations to action these trends to the Wood Buffalo Recovery Committee as representatives of community stakeholders.
The Table will meet to review applications which contain funding requests for $100,000 or more. For more information on the Community Partnerships Table, please click here.

Current Partners
For a list of our community partners to date, please visit this page.

Paper applications
As of August 3, 2016, paper applications that are mailed or emailed to us will no longer be accepted. If you have downloaded the application form, work plan and budget prior to this date, please register for the online portal to proceed with your application online. The online application contains updated forms that differ from the old paper forms.
If you are unable to complete the application online, please contact us  for a copy of the paper application. 

Questions & Program Help
Do you have questions about the program? Need help with the application form?
We are here to help!  Please visit our Help page for more information.

If you have any questions or need additional assistance please contact us here.