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Apply for a FireSmart Grant!

Posted Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Wildfire season may seem like a distant memory, but you can take steps to FireSmart your property, and your neighbourhood ahead of the hot, dry summer. FireSmart Canada is making it easier by offering a grant to help you be prepared.

Individuals and groups can apply for a grant of up to $500 to be spent on FireSmart-ing their neighbourhood. Examples could include:

  • Hold a FireSmart information session with your neighbours. Reach out to your local fire department and invite them to introduce FireSmart to community members. Ask each resident to make one FireSmart commitment and then hold a follow-up meeting to see how everyone is doing!
  • Hold a FireSmart work bee – invite local residents to roll up their sleeves and clean up dead and downed woody debris surrounding the community.
  • Hold a FireSmart chipping event – invite local residents to clean up vegetation on their properties and haul it to the end of their driveway for pick up and chipping.
  • Invite the local fire department to come and help conduct FireSmart structure and site hazard assessments. Ask residents to commit to one action item on their property and then hold a contest with a prize to the most active community member.
  • Work collectively with your neighbours to make sure that every house in your neighbourhood has eaves that are clean and free of debris! Celebrate these activities with a community BBQ after!

Visit the FireSmart website to learn more about applicant eligibility guidelines and the application process.

Deadline: March 9, 2019, at 3:00 p.m.

*Please note: this grant is offered by FireSmart Canada, which is a separate entity from the RDNO. RDNO is providing this information for convenience*