Community Partnerships Program

The Canadian Red Cross recognizes the importance of strengthening support structures that were in communities prior to a disaster, as well as supporting organizations that provided critical services in host communities. Across the many fire-affected areas, the recovery and rebuilding process will take years. Through the recovery process, the Community Partnerships Program (CPP) provides funding to support community driven efforts that promote individual and community recovery and resiliency.
  • To see or print a summary of the program, please click here.
  • For a full list of projects funded to date, please click here.   
We are holding the following informational presentations about the Community Partnerships Program and other Red Cross support available to non-profits affected by the BC 2017 wildfires the week of April 30th to May 4th 2018.  We welcome representatives from your organization, and no RSVP is required.
Williams Lake:
April 30th from 6pm-8pm
Thompson Rivers University Room 1260
1250 Western Avenue
May 1st from 7pm-9pm
Arts and Recreation Centre Lounge
500 N. Star Road
100 Mile House:
May 2nd from 5:30pm-7:30pm
Red Coach Inn Red Rock Boardroom
96 Cariboo Highway
May 3rd from 7pm-9pm
Ashcroft HUB Society Training Room #2
711 Hill Street
May 4th from 1pm-3pm
Red Cross Wildfire Support Centre
Training Room
150 Victoria Street, Suite 300 (3rd floor)

  • The Community Partnerships Program funds projects by community organizations working towards relief, recovery and resilience-building of those affected by the 2017 British Columbia Fires.
  • There is currently no deadline to apply.
  • The funding amount that you request should reflect what you need for your project. There is currently no minimum or maximum amount that may be requested.
  • We encourage you to contact our team to discuss your project before you apply.
Programming Areas

This Program will fund a range of initiatives identified by community groups, municipalities, registered charities and other organizations, to support work with affected populations through the following five (5) areas of programming:

  • Emergency Relief: meeting the immediate needs of impacted populations through individual and community based support, for example:
    • Retroactively supporting with unexpected organizational costs that were incurred in the evacuation phase and return home;
    • Firewood supplies for rural communities and/or traditional food for Indigenous communities in the winter months;
    • One time community events related to emergency relief or re-entry to communities after the fires.
  • Community Strengthening: initiatives that bring community together and promote networks of support and community connectedness.
  • Safety & Wellbeing: services that address individual wellbeing and protection as well as strengthen formal and informal psychosocial support structures and networks.
  • Indigenous Programming: meeting the unique recovery needs and priorities of impacted Indigenous communities
  • Disaster Risk Reduction: support activities that will help communities to mitigate and prepare for future fire and other emergencies
Who can apply?
  • Registered charities, not-for-profit organizations, municipalities, non-governmental organizations, schools, school boards, Indigenous Peoples organizations, faith-based organizations
  • Organizations must be located within/ have their head office/ office of incorporation in Canada
  • Preference will be given to organizations located in communities affected by the 2017 British Columbia fires
Project criteria
The following criteria must be addressed in the application documents:
  • The activity, project or initiative must directly support either a community affected by the 2017 British Columbia fires, or a population/group affected by the fires.
  • The project must adhere to the Fundamental Principles and humanitarian values of the Canadian Red Cross.
Generally Ineligible Organizations
  • For-profit businesses
  • Programs within legislated mandates of government or city departments
  • Political organizations
Generally Ineligible Projects or Initiatives
  • Community events where a profit is being made by the organization
  • Fundraising events (including, but not limited to golf tournaments and galas)
  • Projects that require adherence to a specific faith (the Red Cross is committed to the Fundamental Principle of neutrality and impartiality)
  • Initiatives that would result in double recuperation of funds, for example for items or services covered by insurance or other government programs
  • Costs for major capital improvements
  • Costs related to financing of deficits
  • Projects involving construction of housing, shelter or other structures
  • Projects with political activities
  • Projects that do not fall within our charitable objects
  • Research projects
  • Projects addressing economic recovery
How to Apply
If you are interested in submitting an application, please click here for the online application portal hosted by FluidReview. If you do not have the ability to complete the online application, please contact us:
To get started, register and log in to Fluid Review. There are two steps:
  1. The Organization Eligibility Form
  2. The Application Form: one you have complete the Organization Eligibility Form, follow the prompts to begin a new Application Form.
Non-project Funding Available
Eligible not-for-profit organizations (including community groups) may also apply for non-project (operational) funding to support things like lost revenue or uninsured losses related to the fires. For more information on the program and to apply, please visit our Support to Small Business page here.


If you are concerned you may be ineligible but have a strong rationale for your initiative or organization, or if you have any additional questions or need assistance, please contact us: