Crown Land Wildfire Risk Reduction Program – Columbia Basin Economic Recovery Initiative

Does your organization or community have a project idea that reduces wildfire risk while creating jobs? The Crown Land Wildfire Risk Reduction Program – Columbia Basin Economic Recovery Initiative supports Basin communities to build local wildfire resiliency while recovering from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The initiative is a partnership between the Province of BC and Columbia Basin Trust, developed with the BC Wildfire Service. The Trust is administering this program on behalf of the partners.

To be eligible for funding, projects must result in the creation of new employment and align with at least one of the three broad categories described below:

  1. Projects related to the seven FireSmart disciplines that promote community awareness of, and resiliency to, wildfire interface risks.
  2. Fuel management demonstration and innovation projects that create jobs.
  3. Training and skills development related to Categories 1 and 2 above that lead to immediate employment.

Applicants must be located in Columbia Basin Trust’s region.

Eligible applicants include:

  • Registered non-profits from communities with identified wildfire risk reduction need;
  • Legally incorporated society-run fire departments;
  • First Nations;
  • Post-secondary institutions;
  • Local governments (municipalities or regional districts); and
  • Improvement Districts that operate a fire protection service.

The Trust is hosting an Information Session on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 10 am PT / 11 am MT.

The information session will cover the main elements to consider when applying to the Crown Land Wildfire Risk Reduction Program – Columbia Basin Economic Recovery Initiative (CBERI).

Register here.

Submit your completed application and all supporting documents by Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. PT /  3:00 p.m. MT. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed past this date.

If selected to move forward, you will hear from us in February 2022.

Yes! We encourage you to contact a Wildfire Advisor to discuss your project as you develop it and ensure it meets program requirements. Email us at wildfire@ourtrust.org to connect with an advisor.

Columbia Basin Economic Recovery Initiative – Spring 2021

These projects may not reflect our current funding priorities. If your organization is based outside the Basin, we will consider your project if it involves a significant partnership with a Basin community or organization.