Immediate Support to Not-for-Profit Organizations

IMPORTANT: As of Sept. 1, 2023 the application process CLOSED. The below information is for reference only.

Community organizations who meet the criteria outlined below could apply for $5,000 in funding, thanks to the generosity of donors, and with the support of the Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada through the 2023 Alberta Fires donation match.

This program supports local community organizations that provided or are providing immediate relief assistance to those affected by the wildfires in Alberta, and was developed in recognition of the increased service delivery demands organizations face as a result of the fires.

Application Period
Applications were accepted from May 18 to August 31, 2023.

Program Eligibility Criteria
Community organizations eligible for this program include registered charities and non-profits (incorporated and unincorporated) that operate exclusively to provide social services, recreation, arts, education services, community service and engagement, and provide direct services to individuals impacted by the 2023 Alberta Fires.

Community organizations that meet the following criteria were eligible to apply for this program:

  • Are registered federally, provincially, or territorially and are in good standing
  • Were in operation on or before January 1, 2023
  • Are located in and operating in Alberta
  • Provide services to individuals relevant for wildfire impacts including provision of food, provision of shelter / housing, care for animals / livestock, provision of mental health and wellbeing supports, care for children, seniors, or those who require additional care, provision of information and referrals, interior or exterior clean-up, and repair / rebuilding of homes
  • Must be aligned to the Red Cross/ Red Crescent’s Fundamental Principles

AND met at least one of the following set of criteria:

  • Operates in an area of Alberta that was or is on evacuation order
  • Is actively providing, or intends to resume providing, services (identified above) to their community


  • Operates in an area that is supporting residents evacuated from impacted areas (i.e., host communities)
  • Are experiencing an increased demand for their services (identified above) by individuals who were directly affected by the wildfires

The following were ineligible for this program:

  • Individuals
  • For-profit organizations and businesses
  • Organizations whose sole purpose is to fundraise or provide funding to other organizations
  • Organizations serving private business or economic development needs (including business associations, chambers of commerce, and condominium associations)
  • Political organizations
  • Provincial/territorial and municipal entities
  • Indigenous Governing Bodies
  • Organizations based outside of Alberta

For questions or assistance, you can reach the Canadian Red Cross by phone at 1-800-863-6582, Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (MT) or by email at