Support to Small Business and Not-for-Profit Organizations

The Canadian Red Cross is committed to supporting affected individuals and communities impacted by the 2018 fires in British Columbia.  Experience has shown us that support for small businesses and not-for-profit organizations are essential to the recovery of people and communities affected by a disaster.
Eligible small business owners and not-for-profit organizations meeting the minimum requirements may apply for up to $20,000 in funding. The funding, administered through the Red Cross’ 2018 Support for Small Business Program, comes from $10 million the Province of British Columbia provided to the Red Cross in November 2018 for wildfire recovery efforts.
This financial assistance is to provide support for uninsured financial losses as a result of interrupted business operations, due to the fires. The amount of financial assistance provided to eligible businesses will be based on their individual needs, which will be determined through the application process.
Application Period
Small business owners and not-for-profit organizations can apply online starting June 17, 2019 and until September 30, 2019.

Minimum requirements to apply

  1. Have 50 employees or less.*
  2. Be located in a community identified as eligible for the program by Province of BC. Click here for a complete list.
  3. Have been in operation on or before August 2, 2018
  4. Be financially vulnerable as a result of the 2018 British Columbia Fires.
  5. Have resumed or are intending to resume operations.
  6. Have a net income of less than $250,000 (calculated as revenue less expenses).*
  7. Have the business be their primary source of income.* 
*Does not apply to not-for-profit organizations.

Required Documentation
Click here for a list of required documentation. This documentation is needed to process your application. Please note that applications submitted without documentation are considered incomplete.

Please click here for frequently asked questions.

You can reach the Red Cross at 1-800-863-6582 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. PST, Monday to Friday. Press 1, 2, 1, 1 to talk to someone about the program.