FireSmart Community Grant Program

The FireSmart Community Grant Program is unavailable for 2016

Agriculture and Forestry is planning to offer the next round of funding in 2017. Please refer back to this website for updates regarding future program funding opportunities.

Purpose

The goals of the program are:

  • To protect Albertans and their personal property
  • To support community involvement and ownership of the wildland/urban interface issues within municipal jurisdictions
  • To provide financial assistance to those communities that wish to reduce the threat of wildfire

Who is eligible?

Municipalities, municipal districts and counties, Métis Settlements, and registered non-profit societies (community associations and organizations) may apply for funding. Only projects within the Forest Protection Area of Alberta are eligible. Open the following maps to view the boundaries:

What types of projects are eligible?

Projects that reduce the wildfire hazard and risk to communities are eligible for funding. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to:

  • FireSmart planning (Wildfire Preparedness Guide and Wildfire Mitigation Strategy development)
  • Vegetation management (including vegetation removal, reduction, and species conversion)
  • Public education
  • Inter-agency cooperation and Cross-training
  • Legislation and planning
  • Development
  • Emergency Planning

FireSmart Community Grant Standards

  • The maximum allowance per community is $100,000 for the 2015/16 grant year.
  • Projects must be completed two years from contract start date. A final report including invoices shall be submitted to the Alberta government.
  • Funding will be prioritized to programs that demonstrate a commitment to FireSmart.

For further grant program information, see:

Application Instructions

New! Applications must be submitted in digital format.

Digital copies of all information to be considered in the grant application must be provided (application, maps, land titles search, etc.). If you provide a paper copy via mail or courier, you must also attach a CD or memory stick with digital application information.

If large file size is anticipated to be an issue for email, please send via mail or courier your application on a CD or memory stick. Email applications are encouraged and are to be submitted to ESRD.FireSmartgrants@gov.ab.ca. Do not submit grant packages to the local Wildfire Prevention Officer's email.

Follow the application instructions closely. All questions must be answered as completely as possible:

Registered non-profit societies must include their Corporate Access Number with the application. Projects should not compete with any local, private-sector initiatives. Funding will be considered only for expenses directly related to the project.

If a municipality is applying for more than one community, a separate application must be completed for each proposed project.

For more information on FireSmart, please visit:

For more information on FireSmart and the wildland/urban interface, please visit:

A technical expert in your local Wildfire Management Area will provide comments for consideration by the review panel. If you have any questions about the application process, you are encouraged to contact the Wildfire Prevention Officer for your area:

Area Wildfire Prevention Officer
Rocky Mountain House Kristofer Heemeryck
Edson Kevin Freehill
Lac La Biche Mike Tucker
Slave Lake Jason Pankratow
Peace River Todd Lynch
Grande Prairie Mike Kingsbury
Calgary Kevin Topolnicki
High Level Michelle Shesterniak
Fort McMurray Paul St. John
Whitecourt Mike Milner

Alternatively, you can contact:

 

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Updated: Aug 26, 2016