FRIAA offers funding opportunities twice a year, usually in the spring and early fall. The most recent call for expressions of interest closed February 23, 2017. Alberta municipalities, First Nations and Metis communities and other eligible organizations are encouraged to apply.
FireSmart is a set of principles and guidelines designed to help reduce the impact of wildfires on communities.
FRIAA provides FireSmart program funding for projects that aim to reduce the risk of and mitigate potential damage caused by wildfires, through one of seven disciplines:
education, vegetation management, legislation (policy) and planning, development considerations, interagency cooperation, emergency preparedness and cross training.
Communities continue to extend further into forested areas, creating a wildland/urban interface—an area where structures and forested areas meet. With this expansion comes increased community exposure to the dangers of wildfire. Being FireSmart helps communities and residents understand how to manage and reduce the threat of wildfires.
FRIAA FireSmart funding complements the work done by other partners to reduce the risk of and mitigate potential damage caused by wildfires.
For more information on Partners in Protection's FireSmart Canada, visit: www.firesmartcanada.ca
For more information on Alberta Forestry's FireSmart Community Grant Program, visit: wildfire.alberta.ca
Becoming a FireSmart community takes time and coordination with your neighbours, councils, mayors, reeves, fire officials, and government staff.
Communities should strive to become FireSmart if their boundaries include a wildland/urban interface (or an area where forests and grasslands meet urban structures, like homes or other buildings) and they have identified wildfire as a potential threat.
Working with community members, municipal staff, and specialists, all communities can become FireSmart by undertaking the following proactive measures to reduce these risks.
Multiple agencies, stakeholders, specialists and experts have a part to play in the success of FireSmart in your community. Having a comprehensive team in place with background and experience in wildfire behaviour to work with the community is a key foundation.
If more homeowners within a community adopt FireSmart practices and principles on their private property, the community is better able to minimize the unwanted effects of wildfire.
A FireSmart Community Plan assesses the hazard and risk of wildfire in and around your community. It describes strategies to proactively reduce the risk of wildfires and mitigate potential damage and guide emergency responses in the event a wildfire occurs.
You can apply for FRIAA FireSmart funding for projects and solutions that support your community plan. These projects can include vegetation management, fuel modification, cross-training emergency responders, emergency preparedness, public education and many more.
It’s recommended that a FireSmart Community Plan, which includes a Wildfire Mitigation Strategy and a Wildfire Preparedness Guide to reduce damage in case of a fire, be in place prior to beginning the application process. However, communities without an up-to-date plan will still be considered for funding.
Communities without an up-to-date FireSmart Community Plan, can:
A. Propose an intent to use funding to create a new or update an existing FireSmart Community Plan.
B. Clearly and persuasively explain with sound rationale the need for funding even in the absence of an up-to-date FireSmart Community plan.
Communities with an up-to-date FireSmart Community Plan are encouraged to apply for funding for activities that support the implementation of their FireSmart Community plans.
Eligible communities include:
Neighbouring communities are permitted and encouraged to partner on FireSmart activities.
The submission will be reviewed by the FireSmart Review Committee. The EOI should be five to eight pages long. The submission is similar to an executive summary that describes the proposed work and the funding requirements. Submissions should show:
Subject to FRIAA FireSmart funding commitments, those proponents whose expressions of interest best meet the program criteria are asked for a detailed proposal for consideration by the Review Committee.
Activities that are part of current community plans are most often approved for funding. This can include:
To see a list of previously approved projects, see: www.friaa.ab.ca
FRIAA commits to funding twice per year. Once in early summer and again in early fall.
FRIAA FireSmart considers each proposal individually and determines the appropriate amount of funding on a project to project basis. FRIAA FireSmart has awarded $15.2 million to 51 organizations seeking resources since February 2014, and expects to award another $5 million to projects currently under review.
A FRIAA FireSmart Review Committee receives, reviews and evaluates proposals according to the program criteria. The Committee consists of six appointed members. One from each of the following departments and associations:
Forest Resource Improvement Association of Alberta,
Box 11094, Main Post Office,
Edmonton, AB T5J 3K4