On April 14, 2020, Minister Dreeshen, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, announced the Province’s contribution towards community-based FireSmart activities that help reduce the wildfire threat in more Alberta communities.
The purpose of the program is to support the provincial FireSmart Program initiative by funding the construction of community fireguards that provide for enhanced public safety and improved protection of at-risk communities.
Applications may be submitted by municipalities, Métis Settlements, Co-operatives, Enterprise or Community Locals; and Alberta First Nations. Prioritized projects will include those directly adjacent to communities, with in-kind contributions by communities viewed favourably. Proposed projects are anticipated to permit livestock grazing as a means of ongoing and longer-term vegetation management on the sites. Substantial completion of the work towards clearing and construction must be completed by March 31, 2021.
UPDATE: As of December 2020, all available grant funding has been allocated to communities. The list of successful community applicants is available by PDF download below.