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FireSmart Planning Program

The Strategic Wildfire Prevention Working Group
The FireSmart Communities Program, provided by Partners in Protection, is designed to encourage self-organized groups of residents to take the lead in implementing solutions for wildfire safety on their own properties. First Nations and individual neighbourhoods or subdivisions within local governments that are in areas prone to wildfire can earn FireSmart Community Recognition status by meeting the criteria set by Partners in Protection.

The 2017 SWPI FireSmart Planning grant program provides funding to local governments and First Nations in BC to support residents to undertake FireSmart planning activities for private lands, as identified by Partners in Protection through the FireSmart Communities Program, and/or to develop or advance local planning efforts to mitigate risk from wildfire on private lands in the wildland urban interface.

The program can also support residents or community groups within a local government or First Nation to take the required actions in order to achieve and/or maintain FireSmart Community Recognition status from Partners in Protection.

Eligible Projects:
In order to qualify for funding:
  • There must be credible evidence of an apparent threat to the community from interface fires
  • Proposed activities must be new (retroactive funding is not available) and capable of completion by the applicant within one year from the date of grant approval
  • The applicant must have a current CWPP1 as defined by the Strategic Wildfire Prevention Working Group
Application Deadlines:
Applications for CWPPs can be submitted at any time; however, funding permitting, applications will only be reviewed three times in 2017:
  • February 2017 – for all eligible applications submitted by January 27, 2017
  • May 2017 – for all eligible applications submitted by April 28, 2017
  • October 2017 – for all eligible applications submitted by October 6, 2017

Contact Name: Local Government Program Services, UBCM
Contact Phone: (250) 356-2947
Contact Email:
Subject Area(s): Fire, Police, Emergency Preparedness
Last Reviewed: February 1, 2017, 12:46 pm
Deadline: Wednesday, December 31, 1969
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