Support to Small Businesses, Not-for-Profit Organizations and First Nations Cultural Livelihoods FAQs

What is the Canadian Red Cross Support to Small Business Program?
Small businesses are important for economic growth and job creation, and are therefore critical to the recovery of communities impacted by the wildfires. This program provides some relief through financial assistance for small business owners who have suffered uninsured, financial loss as a result of the BC wildfires.
 
Eligible small business owners, not-for-profit organizations and First Nations cultural livelihood individuals in British Columbia who were affected by the 2017 wildfires could receive modest financial support in a two-phased approach, to assist with things like: uninsured losses, deductibles, minor repairs, clean-up, equipment, and occupational training expenses.
 
Emergency Financial Assistance:  the first phase provided $1,500 to registered and eligible business owners, not-for-profit organizations, and cultural livelihood individuals. This application deadline closed on October 31, 2017.
 
Additional Financial Assistance:  Eligibility and the amount of financial assistance will be based on an assessment of the small business’ vulnerability and need. Eligible small businesses will be able to apply by completing an online application which can be found here.  The amount of money provided to each eligible applicant in the second phase of the program will be a portion of the eligible costs incurred after July 7, 2017, to a maximum of $18,500 if the needs are extraordinary. 
 
Not-for-Profit Organizations may also apply for additional financial assistance, to a maximum of $8,500 based on an assessment of the information provided.
 
What if I didn’t register my business for Phase 1 of the program?
If you didn’t register the business for Phase 1 of the program, you can still apply for assistance in Phase 2. Eligible businesses must submit an application online along with required documents to apply for assistance.
 
How long is the application period?
The application is open starting November 20, 2017 and will close on April 6, 2018.
 
How long will it take me to complete the application?
The application worksheet provides information and instructions on how to submit the application. Once you have completed the worksheet and collected the information and documentation required, transferring this information into your online application will not take long.
 
The application system allows you to easily upload support documents and the Helpline at 1-855-999-3345 is available if you have any questions or require assistance.
 
What information or documents will I need to submit as part of my application?
A complete list of acceptable documentation can be found here.
 
My business has been in operation for less than one year. What documentation can I submit?
You may complete the Schedule of Revenue and Expenses and submit it with your application. 
 
What types of expenses are eligible for the programs?
Phase 2 of the Canadian Red Cross Small Business and Cultural Livelihood Support Program will provide assistance of to a maximum of $18,500 for actual and direct costs incurred after July 7, 2017 and as a result of the BC wildfires and/or evacuation. The following are examples of costs that are not covered by insurance that could be eligible for Phase 2 assistance:
  • Replacing essential items such as business tools and equipment
  • Assistance with clean-up expenses, moving or storage, professional cleaning and small repairs
  • Assistance with overdue utility bills, lease payments and short-term lease of business equipment or vehicles
  • Assistance with loss of livestock, feed or fencing 
I am a home-based business, am I eligible to apply?
Each business that meets the minimum requirements can apply for support funding.
 
What does the Administrator do?
The Administrator is responsible for the overall management of the administrative application process including: applicant registration, document collection, communications, help desk management,
reminders, form transmission, application management, application evaluation, analyses, notifications, reporting, distribution analyses and audit control.