Emergency management funding for First Nations

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The First Nations’ Emergency Services Society (FNESS) has received one-time funding from the Province of BC to provide broad-based emergency management (EM) capacity-building for First Nations in BC for a Community Capacity—Emergency Management Program. Applications will be accepted until funds are exhausted.

Funding is available in two categories, and applicants are required to specify the funding category they are applying under. First Nations communities may partner on projects and all applicants must meet with FNESS to discuss eligible costs before applying. Funds must be expended before the end of 2024.

Category 1 funds projects aimed at improving emergency preparedness, response, disaster risk reduction, or recovery planning capacity. It can also be used for a variety of equipment, supplies or training (especially for “unmet needs” or funding that is limited or challenging to obtain). Funding up to $30,000.

Category 2 is intended to fund a “staffed position” in emergency management such as an Emergency Program Coordinator and applicants are strongly encouraged to develop and implement an “Emergency Program” and strive to align this with other planning processes. It is recognized that some First Nations may not have a fully funded Emergency Program Coordinator or Community Safety Officer position and this funding can help create a full-time position. Funding up to $80,000.

For enquiries about the application process and general enquiries about the program, please email FNESS.