Community Partnerships Ottawa Area Tornadoes 2018

After a disaster, local community organizations play a critical role in recovery by helping to identify community needs and gaps in services, leading coordination of recovery initiatives, providing services for the most vulnerable, and building community resilience to future emergencies.

The Red Cross has allocated up to $300,000 in project funding to assist non-profits, charities, and other community organizations with their relief and recovery efforts in support of the families and communities impacted by the 2018 Tornadoes in the Ottawa area.

Key Information

The Community Partnerships Program is a project-based grants program that funds community organizations to respond to community recovery needs and resilience-building priorities after a disaster.
  • Project-based grants are available for non-profits, charities, and other community organizations working towards the relief and recovery of those impacted by 2018 Ottawa Area tornadoes.
  • Detailed Eligibility Criteria can be found within the Application Form available for download at the links below.
  • There is currently no deadline to apply.
  • There is no minimum or maximum amount that may be requested. The funding requested should reflect what is needed for the project.
  • If you have any questions or if you would like to discuss a project idea, please contact us:

How to Apply

Recovery Areas

Projects can address a wide range of community recovery needs and resilience-building priorities. The list below represents potential areas of focus for Community Partnerships projects, based on Red Cross experience in supporting recovery in other communities affected by disaster:
  1. Emergency Relief: meeting the immediate needs of impacted populations through individual and community-based support.
  2. Community Strengthening: Enhance community networks of support that promote recovery and resilience building.
  3. Safety & Wellbeing: Increase the delivery of services that address individual wellbeing and protection, as well as strengthen formal and informal psychosocial support structures and networks.
  4. 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.
  5. Disaster Risk Reduction: Increase community capacity to mitigate, prevent, prepare for and recover from future disasters at both the personal and community levels.


The Red Cross welcomes interested organizations to get in touch for more information or to discuss project ideas by emailing:

If you are an individual in need of assistance, please click here.