The provincial government has handed out more than $2.2 million in grants to help reduce wildfire threats in the Kamloops Fire Centre.
The funding is part of more than $6 million in community resiliency investment grants given to 85 municipalities, regional districts and First Nations throughout the province following the program's first application intake.
The community resiliency investment program was established in September 2018 with $50 million to help local governments and First Nations lower wildfire risks around their communities. The provincial government added $10 million to the program in this year’s budget.
The community resiliency investment program focuses on fire-prevention activities on provincial Crown land, private land, local government land and reserve land.
A key component of the program is that it allows communities to apply for funding to cover up to 100 per cent of a wildfire risk-reduction project. Eligible applicants facing a lower wildfire risk can apply for up to $25,000, while applicants facing a demonstrated higher wildfire risk can apply for up to $100,000.
The Union of B.C. Municipalities administers the community resiliency investment program and processes grant applications.
Regional recipients of community resiliency investment grants in the Kamloops Fire Centre include:
• City of Kamloops: $264,300 to assist with fuel and vegetation management;
• Neskonlith Indian Band: $200,000 to assist with education, planning and fuel and vegetation management;
• Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality: $124,200 to assist with education, planning, development, cross-training, fuel and vegetation management, and FireSmart activities on private land;
• Thompson-Nicola Regional District: $100,000 to assist with education and cross-training;
• Tk'emlups te Secwepemc First Nation: $100,000 to assist with education, planning, inter-agency co-operation, cross-training and fuel and vegetation management;
• Lower Nicola Indian Band: $76,400 to assist with fuel and vegetation management.• City of Merritt: $71,500 to assist with education, planning and fuel and vegetation management;
• District of Clearwater: $35,000 to assist with planning.