FireSmart call for applications: 2020-2021
Apply for funding for wildland fire prevention and preparedness initiatives in First Nations communities.
A call for proposals for applications for 2020-2021 under this program is now open. The deadline to submit a proposal was originally November 1, 2019 but applications received after that date will still be assessed and accepted based on the availability of funding.
About the program
FireSmart builds skills in First Nations communities to prevent and prepare against wildland fires. Programming involves training First Nations teams in wildfire suppression duties, as well as fuel management and vegetation clearing, which reduces the intensity and spread of wildfires. FireSmart also leverages Indigenous knowledge of the local environment and terrain to improve emergency planning, preparation and response to wildfires.
Through the Emergency Management Assistance Program, FireSmart project funding is available for initiatives, such as:
- wildfire pre-suppression planning
- wildfire risk assessments
- fuel reduction, forest thinning, prescribed burning
- fire breaks
- wildland fire crew training
- vegetation management
- fire mapping
- FireSmart training, workshops, conferences
Funding for risk assessments is also available through the First Nations Adapt Program. Consult your ISC regional office emergency management contact for guidance on which program best suits your needs.
Since 2015, Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) has contributed approximately $3.2 million annually to First Nations to support their participation in FireSmart programs. In 2017 and 2018, FireSmart programs were funded in 43 First Nations communities through ISC's Emergency Management Assistance Program (EMAP).
Budget 2019 includes $47.72 million over 5 years, starting in fiscal year 2019 to 2020, to expand the on-reserve FireSmart programs that support First Nations to enhance their capacity around wildfire management. This will contribute to First Nations' community safety in the face of this ever-increasing threat.
Who can apply
- First Nation communities
- Band or tribal councils
- Indigenous organizations
In British Columbia, FireSmart funding for First Nations communities is administered through the First Nations Emergency Services Society (FNESS).
Although the deadline to apply was November 1, 2019, applications received after the deadline will still be assessed and accepted based on availability of funding.
How to apply
- Complete the Emergency Management Non-Structural Mitigation and Preparedness Program project funding application:
- Submit the form to your ISC regional office emergency management contact.
If you are a First Nation community in British Columbia, please contact FNESS:
Jeff Eustache, Manager, Forest Fuel Management Department,