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Wawanesa's Community Wildfire Prevention Grants

Supporting community wildfire prevention is one of the ways Wawanesa Insurance is helping to build a safer, more sustainable future for our communities. We have partnered with the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) to offer grants to help communities across Canada increase their resilience to wildfires through risk reduction or prevention activities.

We will award six grants of up to $15,000 each. Applications must be received before December 1, 2022 at 12 pm CT. Grant recipients will be announced and funding awarded on March 1, 2023.

Apply now for Wawanesa's Community Wildfire Prevention Grant to help protect your community from wildfire. Find out more about project eligibility and criteria.

Together, we can help build safer more sustainable communities.

Steps to apply

1) Letter of support

Prepare a signed letter as proof of endorsement from your local fire department.

Download letter template

2) Budget document

Include a completed budget that meets funding requirements.

Download budget template

3) Application form

Once your documents are prepared, use the link below to visit the application form and submit your grant funding request.

Apply now

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Application submissions will be evaluated first by a committee of select Wawanesa employees. The shortlist will then be judged by a committee of wildfire prevention subject matter experts from Wawanesa, ICLR and FireSmart™ Canada. This Community Wildfire Prevention Grant program is subject to the Wildfire Prevention Grant program Terms & Conditions. By applying for a grant, all applicants are aware of and accept all of the Community Wildfire Prevention Grant program Terms & Conditions.

FAQ

How long does it take to complete an application?

The application form takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. Before completing the application, please ensure you have a well thought out project that demonstrates a clear positive impact on your community to reduce the risks of or prevent wildfires. You must also attach a completed Budget Template and a signed letter of endorsement from your local fire department for your application to be considered complete.

Can I start my application form and save it or edit my application at a later date prior to submitting?

No. Once you begin the application form, please be prepared to submit it in its entirety.

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What must be included with my application?

Application are considered complete when they include the following:

  • Letter of support from your local fire department representative and/or fire chief
  • Completed budget document
  • Completed application form

Is a letter from my local fire department required?

Yes, this is required as part of the application process. We have provided a template to make this easier for you. This step is required as it helps us validate that the project you’ve proposed is in line with your fire department’s community prevention plans and will not directly conflict with any current initiatives in your community.

When are applications due?

Application forms can be received as early as October 11th. Applications can be submitted until 12pm CT on December 1st 2022.

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When will the applicants selected for grant awards be announced?

Applicants selected to receive a grant will be contacted on or before March 1st 2023.

How much grant money can I apply for?

Applicants can apply for up to $15,000 per project.

How many grants will be awarded?

Six grant projects up to $15,000 each for a total of up to $90,000 in grant funding will be awarded.

How will the grants be selected?

Application submissions will be evaluated first by a committee of select Wawanesa employees. The shortlist will then be judged by a committee of wildfire prevention subject matter experts from Wawanesa, the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) and Firesmart Canada.

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What activities can the grant be used for?

The grant money is intended to increase community resiliency against the impacts of wildfires. The activities you propose in your project should be aimed at mitigating or preventing damages to your community caused by wildfires.

A detailed breakdown of eligible and ineligible expenses can be found in the downloadable “Budget Template”. For ideas, you can also consult FireSmart’s seven disciplines to help neighbourhoods address the threat of wildfire.

Funding cannot be applied to normal operations of an organization or be in conflict with other partner provided funding programs such those operated by FireSmart Canada or ICLR.

Applicants should also demonstrate a clear need for funding.

Who can apply?

Any of the following applicants may apply:

  • Fire Departments
  • Municipalities
  • Home/Neighborhood associations
  • Non-Profit/Charitable Organizations
  • Indigenous Communities
  • Citizen Groups/Volunteer Community Groups

Applicants may not be any of the following:

  • A privately held for-profit company or corporation
  • Individual land/property owners requesting a grant specifically for single dwelling or residential property prevention projects

Applications from disproportionally affected communities may be prioritized.

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When can project work begin?

Project activities must begin in 2023 but not prior to March 1st 2023. Work on the project cannot extend beyond a 12 month period. Projects extending beyond 12 months in duration will not be considered.

Where can projects take place?

Projects submitted for grant funding must take place within Canada.

What if I still have questions about my application or the application process?

Please contact sustainability@wawanesa.com with any outstanding questions.

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