Immediate Support to Not-for-Profit Organizations

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, the Canadian Red Cross is launching the Immediate Support to Not-for-Profit Organizations program to provide urgent support to those affected by wildfires across Alberta. This program supports local community organizations who are providing immediate relief assistance to those affected by the fires, alongside the Canadian Red Cross and other responders on the ground. This program is in recognition of the need for increased service delivery demands they are facing due to the wildfires in Alberta. This program is intended to focus on contributing to help meet unmet needs and does not duplicate insurance or government assistance programs.

Community organizations who meet the criteria outlined below may apply for $5,000 in funding. This financial assistance is to provide urgent, flexible relief funding to organizations to provide services to those that are facing impacts due to the wildfires in Alberta.

Application Period
Applications will be accepted beginning May 18, 2023. The application deadline is July 14, 2023, and may be extended based on the wildfire activity in Alberta.

Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. Organizations may submit one application for funding under this program.

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 are 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 meet 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 are 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

How to Apply
You can access the online application form by clicking here.


Apply Now

Applications will be accepted beginning May 18, 2023. The application deadline is July 14, 2023, and may be extended based on the wildfire activity in Alberta.

Applicant Resources:

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