Community Partnerships Program

The Canadian Red Cross recognizes the importance of strengthening existing support structures that were in community prior to the event as well as supporting organizations providing critical services in host communities. Across the many fire-affected areas, the recovery and rebuilding process will take years rather than months. Through the recovery process, the Community Partnerships Program (CPP) supports community driven efforts that promote individual and community recovery and resiliency.

To see or print a summary of the program, please click here.

Programming Areas

Please note that we are prioritizing applications that support Emergency Relief at this time.

This Program will fund a range of initiatives identified by community groups, municipalities, registered charities and other organizations, and will support local groups and organizations working 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
  • Community Strengthening: initiatives to 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

Emergency Relief

Emergency Relief efforts through partnerships are supported soon after the onset of a disaster event.  This will allow community support structures from within affected communities as well as neighboring/host communities, to provide the immediate support required to meet the basic and emerging needs of impacted populations including psychosocial support.  It allows for timely support that addresses:
  • community needs while people are evacuated or to support the initial return home;
  • community activities that bring people together, enhance or rejuvenate the community, and strengthen community resilience within early recovery.

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
  • Costs for major capital equipment/ renovations and minor renovations and financing of deficits
  • Projects with political activities
  • Projects that do not fall within our charitable objects
  • Research projects
  • Projects involving construction of housing or shelter structures
  • Projects addressing economic recovery

Additional information

  • Under some circumstances, more than one application from an organization can be considered at a time. Such requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis and the applicant organization may wish to contact for more information.
  • If you are submitting a project as a joint venture, please ensure this is clear in your application and identify both/all party names.

How to Apply

If you are interested in submitting an application, please click here. You will be re-directed to the online application portal (hosted by FluidReview). Only applications submitted through the online application form will be considered. 
To get started, you will need to register for the online portal. Once you register you will be required to complete an eligibility survey. This will determine whether your organization is eligible in principle to partner with the Canadian Red Cross through the Community Partnerships Program. You will then be directed to begin an application.
The application form will ask some initial questions to screen for project ineligibility. Eligible projects will continue on to detailed information in the following sections:
  1. Project and organization information
  2. Project purpose, description and rationale
  3. Project Beneficiaries
  4. Project Results
  5. Risk Assessment
  6. Budget and financial management (Budget to be completed in Excel using the Budget Template and uploaded as an attachment to the online form. Use the Eligible Costing Rules and Financial Management Guidelines  in developing your Budget).
  7. Relevant supporting documentation & authorized signatures


If you are concerned you may be ineligible but have a strong rationale for your initiative or organization, please contact us.

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