The Red Cross has been the main component for services helping people affected or displaced by the BC wildfires.
The programs they offer range from a $600 aid for evacuees every two weeks, to the newly announced $1,500 grant for small businesses affected by the fires, as well as programs to support community services.
The business grant is for small businesses, sole proprietors, partnerships and franchises, as well as non-profit organizations, First Nations businesses and even people who have suffered financial loss from cultural livelihood.
Elysia Dempsey is the director of disaster management with the Red Cross and she says that First Nations can apply to this grant to receive compensation for revenues they would gain through cultural practices.
The province of BC has also allocated $5 Million to support community driven efforts for recovery, such as local food banks, wellbeing support, emergency relief efforts and indigenous programming to support impacted indigenous communities.
Communities, businesses and programs can find out more information and access these funds by filling out an application at redcross.ca. Priority for the community partnership program will go to those supporting emergency relief at this time.