Community Partnerships Alberta Wildfires 2016

Through the Community Organization Partnership Program, the Canadian Red Cross is supporting community-led initiatives that contribute to the ongoing recovery of those affected by the 2016 Wildfires in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. A total of $50M has been committed to Community Partnerships in response to the 2016 Alberta Wildfires, with matching funds from the Government of Alberta.

Since June 2016 the Canadian Red Cross has partnered with a broad range of community organizations on projects that supported the emergency relief, re-entry, and early recovery needs of those affected. Read our Community Partnerships One Year Update to learn more about the community partnerships funded in the first year, or see the full list of projects funded to date.

As the recovery process continues, the Canadian Red Cross is now focusing our partnerships support on community-led projects that make strategic and sustainable contributions to longer-term recovery and resilience-building in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

Projects can address a wide range of community recovery priorities, and must contribute to one of the following Recovery Outcomes:

  1. Community Strengthening: Enhance community networks of support that promote recovery and resilience building.
  2. Safety & Wellbeing: Increase delivery of services to address individual wellbeing and protection as well as strengthen formal and informal psychosocial support structures and networks.
  3. Indigenous Programming: Enhance culturally-appropriate support structures, programs and activities that build from community assets to address and meet emerging recovery needs and priorities of impacted Indigenous communities.
  4. Disaster Risk Reduction:  Increase community capacity to mitigate, prevent, prepare for and recover from future disasters at both the personal and community levels.

How to apply
The Community Organization Partnership Program application process now provides more opportunities for strategic guidance, support and collaboration for community organizations throughout a staged application process.

The new Expression of Interest stage gives applicants the opportunity to provide a focused snapshot of their proposed project, allowing for feedback from the Community Partnerships team prior to submitting a full application.

If you are interested in applying, please first review the Program Guidelines for further details on eligibility, assessment process, criteria, timeframes, and more.

If you are unsure if your organization or project is eligible for this program, or to discuss a project idea before applying, contact us:  To find out about our free application support workshops, drop in support sessions and other support available, click here.

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You will be redirected to the online application portal (hosted by FluidReview). Expressions of Interest and full applications must be submitted online. If you are unable to access the online forms, or for technical support please contact:

Key Dates 
Expressions of Interest may be submitted at any time throughout the year but will be assessed in rounds.

Those applicants who were invited to submit full applications for the Summer 2018 round can expect to hear the results in early September.

The key dates for the next assessment round are listed below.

Deadline to submit Expressions of Interest for the upcoming round Sunday January 13, 2019
EOI assessment by Canadian Red Cross and the Community Partnerships Table as required (for applications for funding over $100,000 or with wide impact across the community) January - February 2019
All applicants notified of EOI results Mid-February 2019
Timeframe to develop full applications, if invited to apply
(the Community Partnerships team will be available to support development of full applications)
February - March 2019
Deadline to submit full application, if invited to apply Sunday
March 10, 2019
Application assessment March –April 2019
All applicants notified of application results April 2019
Funded projects begin May 2019

Red Cross & United Way Community Partnerships Table

The Canadian Red Cross and the United Way of Fort McMurray have collaborated to establish the Community Partnerships Table (the “Table”). The Table will review applications that contain funding requests for $100,000 or more or have a wider impact on the community. The mandate of the Community Partnerships Table is to evaluate pre-qualified funding applications that have been submitted to the Canadian Red Cross and/or United Way of Fort McMurray and make strategic recommendations regarding those applications in a collaborative, transparent manner. For more information on the Community Partnerships Table click here.
Questions & Help
Do you have questions about the program? Need help with the application forms? We are here to help!  Please visit our Support page for more information or contact us by emailing: