Small businesses effected by wildfires are taking advantage of a grant offered by the provincial government.
Since announcing a $1500 grant to help businesses resume operations during a difficult wildfire season, the Canadian Red Cross has received 1,289 applications, 600 of which were in the first 24 hours.
The emergency financial grant is aimed at helping small businesses, First Nations whose livelihood is based on cultural practices and non profit organizations located in areas that have been under evacuation alert or order.
The Red Cross and the Province have extended the emergency grant to areas along Highway 20, Highway 97 south of Prince George to areas covered by evacuation alerts, Highway 26 to Barkerville and eastern Cariboo Regional District. Applicants have until Oct. 31, 2017, to apply.
B.C. Economic Development Association and Fortis B.C.’s Small Business Hotline has received 319 calls, as of Aug. 18, 2017, from small businesses throughout the province. This hotline offers assistance, information and receives feedback from small businesses affected by wildfires.
More information can be found at www.redcross.ca or via the Small Business Hotline at 1 877 4BC-EDRP (1 877 422-3377)
Red Cross Support for Small Business Helpline: 1 855 999-3345 from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. To apply online, visit: https://marsh.az1.qualtrics.
Red Cross B.C. wildfires support for small businesses: http://www.redcross.ca/
British Columbia Economic Development Association and Fortis BC Small Business Hotline can be reached at 1 877 4BC-EDRP (1 877 422-3377)
Small business emergency preparedness information: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/
content/safety/emergency- preparedness-response- recovery/preparedbc/small- business-preparedness
Up-to-date provincial wildfire information, including evacuation and alerts and orders: www.bcwildfire.ca