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Grants to Northwest Territories and Yukon First Nations, Band or
Tribal Councils, and Indigenous Organizations for Fire Prevention Programs

Agency Type:

Federal

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Government of Canada - Indigenous Services Canada (ISC): Emergency Management Assistance Program (EMAP)

Deadline Date:

11/01/19 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Description:

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Grants to Northwest Territories and Yukon First Nations, Band or Tribal councils, and Indigenous organizations for wildland fire prevention and preparation programs. Funding is available for training, vegetation clearing, fule management, and emergency planning. The programs will also draw upon Indigenous knowledge of the local environment and terrain to improve emergency planning, preparation, and response to wildfires.

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

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186833

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$47,720,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:
- First Nation communities
- Band or tribal councils
- Indigenous organizations

To be eligible for funding under the EMAP, the emergency event must have impacted, or the proposed project must directly support, First Nations located on:
- A reserve, as defined in s. 2 (1) of the Indian Act, R.S.C., 1985, c. I-5
- Lands set aside in Yukon as per Cabinet Directive (Circular No. 27) entitled Procedure for Reserving Land in the Yukon and Northwest Territories (1955)
- Lands formerly defined as a reserve or lands set aside which now form part of modern treaty settlement lands

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to submit a proposal is November 1, 2019, at 11:59 PM Eastern time. Applications received after the deadline may be assessed and accepted based on the availability of the funding.

In British Columbia, FireSmart funding for First Nations communities is administered through the First Nations Emergency Services Society (FNESS). If you are a First Nation community in British Columbia, please contact Jeff Eustache at FNESS.

Government of Canada announces new investments in wildfire protection for First Nations communities: https://www.canada.ca/en/indigenous-services-canada/news/2019/08/government-of-canada-announces-new-investments-in-wildfire-protection-for-first-nations-communities.html

FireSmart Canada: https://www.firesmartcanada.ca/
Emergency Management Assistance Program: https://www.sac-isc.gc.ca/eng/1534954090122/1535120506707

Contact Information:

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

For questions and if you are a First Nation community in British Columbia, please contact FNESS:
Jeff Eustache, Manager, Forest Fuel Management Department,
Email: jeustache@fness.bc.ca
Telephone: 250-377-7600

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Northwest Territories   Yukon

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