Community Applications

The WildSafeBC Program has the following types of delivery models and grants available. The application process for all grants is open from January 2nd to February 3rd.


1. WildSafeBC Community Program

Communities apply in the month of January of every year with a minimum of $4,000 in community funds in order to have a local Community Coordinator deliver the WildSafeBC Program. If their application is successful, and primary funding is secured, their contribution will be augmented by with a funding grant to deliver a minimum 420 hour Program. Funding from the Columbia Basin Trust allows for a minimum 580 hour Program for programs in the Columbia Basin. The WildSafeBC Community Program typically runs May to November and begins with training for new coordinators in Kamloops in May. Coordinators are hired as BCCF contract staff and are supervised and trained by provincial coordinators.

The WildSafeBC Program application process is competitive. More communities apply every year than the Program has primary funding. Applicants can strengthen their application in a number of ways:

  • Providing more support to the coordinator with local in-kind resources (office space/phone)
  • Completing the Bear Smart Community program criteria.
  • Applying with increased matching funds either directly or with other partners.

To apply for this program, please complete the following forms and email them to Please note that both PART A and B are required for submission and the deadline is February 3rd, at noon. Communities within the Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) should use the forms on the right. All other communities use the forms on the left.

BC Community Community within the Columbia Basin Trust
WildSafeBC Program Community Application Part A 2020 CBT WildSafeBC Program Community Application Part A 2020
WildSafeBC Program Community Application Part B 2020 CBT WildSafeBC Program Community Application Part B 2020


2. WildSafeBC Training

Every year, BCCF hosts new coordinators and guests for 4.5 days in May for WildSafeBC Training in Kamloops. The cost for training, accommodation and food is $1,500. The WildSafeBC Program provides a partial startup toolkit of brochures and outreach materials are also be provided (valued at $500). This is a pre-requisite for all official WildSafeBC Programs and Allies delivering WildSafeBC messaging. If you are interested in attending training, please contact us no later than April 15, 2020 to confirm space (first-come, first-served as spots are limited).

Occasionally, funding is available in the form of a grant that covers the cost of training. Successful candidates must make their own arrangements for travel to and from Kamloops. In 2020, limited funding is available to cover the cost of training for potential candidates. Successful applicants must demonstrate a need in their community and have significant support from a local organization or government. Priorities for 2020 include communities experiencing human-grizzly bear conflicts and/or Indigenous Communities.

The application intake is in January and the deadline for submission is noon February 3rd, 2020. Successful candidates will be notified by February 10th and must confirm their attendance by March 4th. As funds are limited, we ask that candidates make every effort to attend once confirmed.

To apply for the training grant, click here to download the application and email it to


3. Seed Grants

A seed grant may be available in some years for communities that do not qualify for a full Community Program. These seed grants can assist new programs in getting established or existing ones to transition to a self-funded model. It can also assist communities to acquire items such as signage, brochures, and/or bear-resistant containers. Applicants can include local governments, Indigenous communities or not-for-profits. Grants are awarded dependent on funding and on a first-come first-served basis. Applicants are required to contribute $500 of their own funding in order to qualify for a grant. BCCF grants will be awarded up to a maximum of $1,500 as funding allows.

To apply for a seed grant, click here to download the application and email it to

If you would like to ask further questions or discuss a potential budget program please email Trina Radford at or call 250-828-2551 x 102.

Thank you for your interest and support of WildSafeBC and our mission to keep wildlife wild and communities safe.

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