B.C.’s FireSmart shifting to allocation-based funding for higher risk areas
September 14, 2023
By Avert staff
The Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) said yesterday the province’s FireSmart Community Funding and Supports program is shifting to an allocation-based model for higher risk areas.
The change is part of the 2024 program, and all program and application materials will be updated by Sept. 15, UBCM said in a news release.
UBCM is the administering body that doles out provincial funding for local authorities and First Nations to deliver FireSmart activities.
Under the allocation-based model, recipients with a higher risk of wildfire will be required to submit a brief allocation-based funding request form to confirm their eligibility. Approved recipients will receive an approval agreement with terms and conditions of the grant.
Those First Nations and local governments with a lower risk of wildfire will apply to the program through the application-based program.
The allocation-based funding is for FireSmart activities only and does not include fuel management activities, UBCM said.
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