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Community Resiliency Investment (CRI) Program – 2020 FireSmart Community Funding and Supports

Grants to British Columbia Agencies and First Nations to
Reduce the Impact and Risk of Wildfires in Eligible Communities

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Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM), First Nations’ Emergency Services Society (FNESS), Forest Enhancement Society of BC (FESBC), and BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) - Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource

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Grants to British Columbia government agencies and First Nations to reduce the impact and risk of wildfires, and increase resiliency in communities on provincial Crown land. Applicants are required to engage in discussion and planning with the funding source staff prior to submitting an application. The general goal of FireSmart is to encourage communities and citizens to adopt and conduct FireSmart practices to mitigate the negative impacts of wildfire to assets on public and private property.

The Community Resiliency Investment (CRI) program is intended to reduce the risk and impact of wildfire to communities in BC through community funding, supports and priority fuel management activities on provincial Crown land.

Requirements for Funding:

To qualify for funding, projects must:

  • Be primarily located within the applicant’s administrative boundary
  • Include new activities or represent a new phase of an existing project (retroactive funding is not
  • Be supported by a current plan, acceptable to the BCWS Wildfire Prevention Officer or the FNESS Fuel Management Liaison/Specialist, that includes assessment and identification of FireSmart and/or fuel management priorities (i.e. CWPP, Community Wildfire Resiliency Plan, Integrated Investment Plan, etc.). Note: applicants that do not have a current and acceptable plan may apply to develop or update a plan.
  • For activities that fall under the practice of forestry, be developed, and where applicable signed/sealed, by a forest professional that is accredited by the Association of BC Forest Professionals and operating within their scope of practice.

For additional requirements and a chart of eligible costs, please see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184375

Estimated Size of Grant:

Eligible applicants with a lower risk of wildfire can apply for 100% of the cost of eligible activities to a maximum of $25,000. Eligible applicants with a demonstrated higher risk of wildfire can apply for 100% of the cost of eligible activities to a maximum of $150,000. Information on determining risk is provided in Appendix 1 of the Guidelines located in Supporting Documents.

Term of Contract:

To qualify for funding, projects must be capable of completion by the applicant within one year of the date of grant approval. Projects that include fuel treatment may be approved for up to two years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
All local governments (municipalities and regional districts) and First Nations (bands and Treaty First Nations) in BC are eligible to apply.

Eligible applicants can submit one application per intake, including regional applications or participation as a partnering applicant in a regional application.

Ineligible Costs & Activities:
Any activity that is not outlined in Table 1 in the guidelines or is not directly connected to activities approved in the application by the Evaluation Committee is not eligible for grant funding.

This includes:
Development of funding application package

Purchase of tools (e.g. hand saws, loppers) or structural protection equipment (e.g. hoses,

For fuel management activities only:
- Purchase of machinery, equipment and/or livestock for grazing
- Work undertaken by FLNRORD
- Any third party requirements to address hazard abatement under the Wildfire Act
- Activities without fuel management objectives

Pre-Application Information:

Please complete and return the application form and all required attachments by October 18, 2019.
If you choose to submit your application by email, hard copies do not need to follow.

Applicants will be advised of the status of their applications by February 7, 2020.

Requirements for Funding:
To qualify for funding, applicants must demonstrate their level of engagement with a BCWS Wildfire Prevention Officer, FNESS Fuel Management Liaison/Specialist, and, if applicable, the FLNRORD district, region, or relevant Land Manager, to ensure project alignment with Land Manager priorities.

Applicants will be required to document this engagement in the application process. Planning and discussion must occur prior to the submission of an application to allow for meaningful dialogue regarding the proposed activities and opportunities for Crown land treatment and funding.

Applications that include fuel management on Provincial Crown land, primarily within administrative boundaries and including contiguous, logical treatment units that extend onto the Crown land base, may exceed the funding maximum for fuel management activities only. Opportunities for fuel management located exclusively on Provincial Crown land, outside of municipal boundaries or First Nation lands, should be discussed with a BCWS Wildfire Prevention Officer.

Regional Projects:
Funding requests from two or more eligible applicants for regional projects may be submitted as a single application for eligible, collaborative projects. In this case, the maximum funding available would be based on the number of eligible applicants included in the application. It is expected that regional projects will demonstrate cost-efficiencies in the total grant request.

Community Resiliency Investment Program:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

All applications should be submitted to:

Local Government Program Services, Union of BC Municipalities


525 Government Street
Victoria, BC, V8V 0A8

Contact Information:
For more information contact Local Government Program Services at the email address above or (250) 356-2947.

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: British Columbia