Community funding application information
As part of the Community Wood Smoke Reduction Program, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy in partnership with the BC Lung Foundation offers funding to eligible applicants to start or continue a local program.
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Any local government, non-profit organization or airshed or air quality management organization in B.C. is eligible to receive funds to start a community wood smoke reduction program.
Organizations applying for funding must demonstrate:
- High local or regional need
- Strong community buy-in
- Capacity to deliver the program
- Offer a long-term plan for education and program sustainability
Individual communities may submit proposals or join with other communities or the regional district to submit a proposal.
Communities are encouraged to offer the program over multiple years to build momentum and encourage lasting change.
Programs can be operated:
- All year round
- In the fall
- In March and April during the industry discount period
Groups interested in starting or extending the program for winter 2023/2024 are invited to submit a proposal.
The application deadline closes September 1, 2023.
The program continues to accept funding applications from First Nations communities. Please email the program to learn more.
Applications are evaluated using the Community Wood Smoke Reduction Program Community Criteria 2023/2024 (PDF, 128KB).
In July 2022, the BC Lung Foundation and the ministry issued a call for community proposals for the CWSRP.
Proposals were received on September 23rd, 2023 and evaluated by BC Lung and the ministry.
Funding was announced in November 2022.
Communities and amount of funding
|City or Region||Grant ($)|
|Bulkley Valley and Lakes District||$15,000|
|City of Kamloops||$23,000|
|Comox Valley Regional District||$73,000|
|District of Vanderhoof||$3,250|
|Golden and District||$19,000|
|Kitimat-Terrace and surrounding areas||$20,000|
|Metro Vancouver Regional District||$17,000|
Prince George and unincorporated areas of the Fraser - Fort George Regional District
|qathet Regional District||$14,000|
|Regional District of Central Kootenay||$2,750|
|Regional District of Nanaimo||$46,750|
|Salt Spring Island||$11,200|
|Village of Valemount||$3,900|
Communities continuing with previously granted funding:
- Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District
- Cowichan Valley Regional District
- Fraser Valley Regional District
- Regional District of Central Okanagan
- Strathcona Regional District
- Sunshine Coast Regional District, Squamish-Lillooet Regional District, Bowen Island, Horseshoe Bay, Lions Bay