The Red Cross launches grant program to help flood-affected Saskatchewan communities

Topics: Saskatchewan, Emergencies and Disasters in Canada
September 23, 2014

(Regina, Sept. 22, 2014) Communities in southeast Saskatchewan that were devastated by the summer floods can now apply to receive help to recover through the Canadian Red Cross Community Projects Grant Program.

“The Red Cross recognizes that a community is much more than simply a collection of people in a specific geographic location,” said Cindy Fuchs, provincial director for the Canadian Red Cross in Saskatchewan. “The funding provided through this Community Projects Grant Program will help to strengthen community resiliency, capacity and overall quality of life for those impacted by the recent flooding.”

Affected communities will be able to use the grant program to help reinforce or repair local services damaged by the flooding such as sport, recreational and cultural facilities. Community-led projects like restoring a community park, repairing damaged rink equipment, or acquiring generators to prepare for the next disaster are examples of projects that may be eligible for grants.

To qualify, each community project must meet one of four objectives:

  1. Benefit members of the community;
  2. Assist with community resources or programs eliminated or affected by Saskatchewan flooding in 2014;
  3. Address imminent health and/or safety problems related to Saskatchewan flooding in 2014; or,
  4. Enhance mitigation and preparedness of future disasters.

Community projects in the flood-affected areas may qualify for grants of up to $5,000 each. The Red Cross will be allocating a total of $100,000 to this revitalization program. Additional information regarding the Red Cross Community Grants Program is available at or by calling 306-535-1552.

Of the $415,000 raised for Saskatchewan flooding, the Red Cross has already spent $225,000 on flood clean-up kits and support to individuals and families to assist with essential items such as: assistance with rent/mortgage; household goods and repair; school needs; transportation; and, occupational items to help people return to work. The remaining funds are held in a separate trust account and will be spent on helping flood-affected individuals and families recover from the disaster as needs continue to emerge.

For more information or to arrange interviews:  
Canadian Red Cross
Saskatchewan Media Line: 306-721-1636
On Twitter: @RedCrossSK