FRIAA
FireSmart
Funding

FRIAA offers funding opportunities twice a year. We are pleased to announce that a call for a Request for Expression of Interest (EOI) for the FRIAA FireSmart Program (FFP) is currently open. The deadline to submit a proposal is 4 p.m., September 27, 2017. To learn more about the application process and to see the submission documents, please visit our current funding opportunities page.

What is FireSmart?

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.

Why is it important?

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

Is your
community
proactive
in becoming
FireSmart?

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.

Your Community is proactive in becoming FireSmart when:

You’ve brought together affected stakeholders and have a planning team and an identified team lead in place. This team is supported by local elected and administrative officials.

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.

Homeowners in your community understand what they need to do to protect private property and what to do in case of wildfire

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.

You have an up-to-date FireSmart Community Plan in place

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.

Your community, council, administration and fire chiefs are engaged in ongoing FireSmart program activities in alignment with your community plan

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.

For more information on becoming a recognized FireSmart Community, please contact:

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
Adam Gossell
adam.gossell@gov.ab.ca
wildfire.alberta.ca

FireSmart Canada – Alberta
Laura Stewart
laura.a.stewart@gov.ab.ca
www.firesmartcanada.ca

FRIAA
funding
can help

1

Start with a plan

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.

2

Ensure that your community or organization is eligible for funding.

Eligible communities include:

  • Municipalities and communities in Alberta;
  • Alberta First Nations and Metis settlements in Alberta;
  • Certain registered non-profit societies active in Alberta; and
  • Other organizations approved by FRIAA and Alberta Agriculture and Forestry.

Neighbouring communities are permitted and encouraged to partner on FireSmart activities.

3

Submit an expression of interest (EOI).

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:

  • How the proposed activities link to the overarching objectives of the community plan;
  • How the proposed activities link to the specific community risks;
  • How the community will take ownership of the project, by providing estimates of time and financial resources to be committed to the proposed activities; and
  • How the outcomes will be tracked and reported.

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.

FAQ
About
FRIAA
FireSmart
Funding

What kinds of projects are most likely to be approved?

Activities that are part of current community plans are most often approved for funding. This can include:

  • Community education activities – programs, initiatives, or workshops on how to mitigate the potential impacts of wildfire or what to do when a wildfire threatens;
  • Fuel modification work or retreatment of previously completed fuel modification that has regrown;
  • Cross-training various emergency responders about their roles when wildfire threatens;
  • Re-visiting, updating or improving current community plans; and
  • Assisting in creating new plans.

To see a list of previously approved projects, see: www.friaa.ab.ca


How many times per year is friaa firesmart funding available?

FRIAA commits to funding twice per year. Once in early summer and again in early fall.


How much funding is available?

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.


Who decides if my community is approved for funding?

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:

  • The Department of Agriculture and Forestry;
  • FRIAA;
  • Alberta Municipal Affairs;
  • Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties (AAMDC);
  • Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA); and
  • Partners in Protection Association.

Contact

General Inquiries

Forest Resource Improvement Association of Alberta,
Box 11094, Main Post Office,
Edmonton, AB T5J 3K4

780-429-5873
admin@friaa.ab.ca


For questions about the FRIAA FireSmart funding process, please contact:

Rick Arthur
rick.arthur@friaa.ab.ca

Andy Gesner
andy.gesner@friaa.ab.ca

Colin Paranich
colin.paranich@friaa.ab.ca


For more information on becoming a recognized firesmart community, please contact:

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
Adam Gossell
adam.gossell@gov.ab.ca
wildfire.alberta.ca

FireSmart Canada – Alberta
Laura Stewart
laura.a.stewart@gov.ab.ca
www.firesmartcanada.ca