fire recover program
The United Way of Fort McMurray has established the Fire Recovery Funding Program designed to assist charitable agencies recover after the devastating wildfire of 2016. This program aims to support and encourage programs, services and initiatives that are responding to the changing dynamics in the region. In some cases, demand for existing services will be higher. In other cases, new services and programs will be required to meet emerging needs.

This fund has been established thanks to the incredible generosity of Albertans and Canadians who responded in the weeks following the evacuation of Fort McMurray and several surrounding communities. Proceeds from the United for Fort McMurray campaign and the Fire Aid for Fort McMurray concert will be invested in the region through this program.

It is important to note that The United Way of Fort McMurray is mandated to only provide direct funding to charitable organizations. We are unable to provide funding to individuals according to CRA (Canada Revenue Agency).

Please click here to download the 2016-2017 United Way Fire Recovery Funding Application. Applicants are asked to submit one printed copy along with one printed copy of your agency’s most recent audited financial statements or financial review documents and budget sheet to:

The United Way of Fort McMurray
The Redpoll Centre
1 C.A. Knight Way
Fort McMurray, AB T9H 5C5

The electronic copy of the application can be sent to recovery@fmunitedway.com.

Examples of impacts of Fire Recovery funding to date:

YMCA of Northern Alberta, Wood Buffalo Region – support for a multicultural youth networking event and dance for youth in the region

The Salvation Army Community Centre – funding assistance for effective storage and distribution of donated good

Fort McMurray Boys and Girls Club – counselling for children and access to summer camps

St. Aidan’s Society – seniors outreach support during and after wildfires

Golden Years Society – social opportunities through lunch program at seniors drop-in centre

Support Through Housing Team – life skills program

HIV North Society – supporting ongoing programs and outreach

Tools for School – backpacks and school supplies for over 3,000 students throughout region

HIV North – supporting continued programs and outreach

Golden Years Society – social opportunities through lunch program at seniors drop-in centre

Fort McMurray Heritage Society – access for summer camp for youth

211 – promotional support to increase awareness and use of this information resource