2021-2022 FNESS-ISC Funding Opportunity

Applications are not currently being accepted for this program - now closed as of September 30, 2021. Thank you to all Indigenous Communities that applied to FNESS-ISC 2021-2022 On-Reserve Programs Next step: FNESS' Application Review Panel are assessing all submissions, and will be in contact with you November, 2021.

FNESS-ISC 2021-2022 On-Reserve Program & Application Guide (875 KB)

FNESS-ISC On-Reserve Operational Fuel Treatment Program provides up to $75,000 for communities wishing to treat forest fuels which pose a threat to their community and critical infrastructure. Maintenance treatments on previously treated areas will be considered.

FNESS-ISC On-Reserve FireSmart™ Program to maximum $50,000  is primarily designed to fund treatment of forest fuels and other flammable fuels adjacent to housing or community infrastructure within FireSmart™ Zones (Non-Combustible, 1, 2 and 3). This program supports initiatives compatible with the guidance provided in the FireSmart™ Homeowners Manual.

Forest Fuel Management Department, First Nations’ Emergency Services Society

2020-2021 FNESS-ISC On-Reserve Operational Fuel Treatment  and FireSmart Program: Final Report NOW DUE

The FNESS - ISC On-Reserve Operational Fuel Treatment Program is managed by First Nations Emergency Services Society (FNESS). Grant administration is provided by FNESS with provision of funding by ISC. The initiative supports First Nations communities to mitigate risk from wildfire in the wildland urban interface.  The program has been expanded this year to include areas that were previously excluded from consideration.  The 2020 general requirement that fuel management projects of up to $75,000 with a 10% community contribution, be restricted to areas with High-to-Extreme Fire risk is in effect.  In addition, Fire Smart activity for projects of up to $50,000 with a 10% community contribution will be considered in areas of Moderate fire risk, including but not limited to community and CP lands (with land owner authorization).

2020-2021 Wildland Fire Fighting On Reserve Training, Certification and Development: Final Report NOW DUE

FNESS - ISC On-Reserve Operational Fuel Treatment Program - Wildland Fire Fighting Training, Equipment, Materials and Supplies.  FNESS is accepting applications supporting Wildland Fire Fighting crew development up to a maximum of $25,000.00.

The initiative supports First Nations communities who demonstrate completion of Wildland Fire Fighting Crew training/certification and development of wildland fire fighting contract crew's or achieved standing offer contracts/agreements with BC Wildfire Service.  

CONTACT: Quentin Nelson, BNRS, FIT Fuel Specialist at 250-320-7682 and 

Submit a Final Report

2020-2021 On-Reserve Operational Treatment Program

2020-2021 ISC FireSmart Program

2020-2021 Wildland Fire Fighting On Reserve, Training, Certification, and Development


Additional Information

Wildfire Threat Assessment Materials

FireSmart Materials

ABCFP Resources

The Association of BC Forest Professionals provides multiple documents regarding the roles and responsibilities of forest professional that may be helpful when selecting a consultant or contractor to work with. 

Bylaw 9 – Code of Ethical and Professional Conduct  

FNESS-ISC Map 2015-2020
  ISC fuel treatment program 2015-2020