Community Organization Partnerships Program Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the Community Organization Partnerships Program?

    The Red Cross Community Organization Partnerships Program will help residents of Fort McMurray and its surrounding area by encouraging community recovery initiatives through grant opportunities for community-based organizations, municipalities, Indigenous Peoples organizations and others to plan projects or events intended to rejuvenate the spirit and vibrancy within their communities and address recovery priorities. The Program will also support affected community members outside of the Fort McMurray area, and we encourage groups supporting evacuees within Alberta and in other provinces to apply for grant opportunities.

  2. How do I know if my organization is eligible to apply for a Community Organization Partnership?

    The Red Cross will focus on community priorities through collaboration with local organizations, charities, Indigenous Peoples organizations, government partners, and other key stakeholders to help people rebuild their lives. This method empowers the residents of Fort McMurray to determine what services best meet their needs throughout their journey to recovery. Click here to see a list of what types of organizations are eligible to apply.

  3. How do I apply for a Community Organization Partnership?

    All instructions to apply are outlined here.

  4. How long will the application review and approval process take?

    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.  

  5. Can my organization apply to the Community Organization Partnerships Program 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. In the early stages of the Community Organization Partnerships Program, projects supporting affected populations of individuals who now reside outside of the fire-impacted area will also be considered.

  6. How much can my organization apply for?

    Organizations, local charities, government partners, and other key stakeholders can apply for Red Cross funding to support community initiatives for any amount. For more information on who can apply, click here

  7. What are the eligible costs that will be considered?

    In the application requirements, there are clear guidance on what costs are eligible to receive funding, as well as some helpful tips on how to complete the budget template. Please see the Eligible Costing Rules for more detailed information. These rules are defined by our charity status, agreements with the government in relation to the Matching Program, and organizational best practices.

  8. For how long will organizations be able to submit applications?

    There will be at least five application periods in the first year. For the 2017-2018 year, these will be:

    • May 1, 2017 to June 30, 2017
    • September 1 to 30, 2017
    • December 1 to 31, 2017
    • March 1 to 31, 2018
    • June 1 to 30, 2018 
  9. Does my organization need to recognize contributions of the Canadian Red Cross in program/project materials?

    Yes. Successful proposals will be required to recognize the contribution of the Canadian Red Cross in project materials. The requirements for this recognition 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. Use of the Canadian Red Cross logo and name must have prior approval of the organization.

  10. 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 are the dates of the Community Partnership Table meetings?

    The Table meetings occur after both organizations have completed their review process. The timeframes of the Table meetings for the next year are:

    • April 2017
    • September 2017
    • December 2017
    • March 2018
    • June 2018
  4. 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.

  5. What is the relationship between the Community Partnerships Table and the Wood Buffalo Recovery Committee?

    The Table will provide updates to the Wood Buffalo Recovery Committee at regular intervals, which will include any trends, gaps or needs that have been identified by the Table members.

  6. 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, which holds two places. The representatives from the SRTF were chosen by their own membership through their own nomination and election process.

  7. 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 for $100,000 or over, or has a wider impact on community, it will go to the Table for review and evaluation.

  8. How were the Community Partnerships Table members selected?

    The individual members were selected independently by the stakeholder groups on the Table.

  9. Who can I contact if I have more information about the Community Partnerships Table?

    Please send an email to