• Combined loan and grant for up to 80% of eligible project costs
  • Maximum of $5 million per project. Up to 25% as a grant and the remainder as a loan
Deadline to apply

Applications are accepted year-round, though this offer will close when all the funding has been allocated. 

Achieve a minimum 30 percent GHG emissions reduction through a retrofit of a community building when compared to baseline emissions. Eligible projects may be a single comprehensive community building retrofit, or a portfolio of buildings provided the portfolio includes:

  • more than one community building within the same municipality; or
  • at least one community building and other municipal buildings within the same municipality; or,
  • similar community buildings within multiple municipalities (subject to GMF review).

What is the required GHG impact?

Projects must aim to achieve a minimum 30 percent GHG reduction from current or baseline performance. Eligible projects may be a single building retrofit, or a portfolio of buildings (across a single municipality or group of municipalities) where each building meets the 30 percent reduction threshold.

A maximum of one third of the total GHG reductions from a building’s baseline performance can come from on-site renewable energy generation.

Read our application guide for full details.

Eligible buildings

To be eligible for this grant, projects must include at least one community building that is owned by a municipality or not-for-profit organization.

A community building is an enclosed public place or an enclosed workplace that is:

  • owned by a municipal government or not-for-profit;
  • primarily used for the purposes of providing athletic, recreational, culture and community programs or services to the local community;
  • widely accessible to everyone offering services designed to enhance the health and well-being, skills development, and economic development of individuals and communities.

Community buildings include:

  • indoor ice rinks, indoor sports arenas, indoor swimming pools,
  • community and recreational centres (e.g., community centres, clubhouses, seniors’ centres and clubs, recreation centres, gyms, halls, curling rinks)
  • arts and culture facilities (cultural facilities, performing arts facilities, art galleries, and auditoriums)
  • libraries, and
  • multi-purpose buildings which include one or more of the above community functions as well as other services/administrative functions.

For full project scope and eligibility, please read our application guide.


CBR only provides funding for one type of capital project per municipality. In addition, only one GHG impact retrofit project is eligible per municipality, regardless of whether the included building (or buildings) are owned by the municipality or a not-for-profit organization.

Funding is subject to availability. We reserve the right to make changes to eligibility criteria and the types of projects funded through this offer.

Who can apply
  • All Canadian municipal governments (with the exception of Low Carbon Cities Canada (LC3) namesake municipalities: the cities of Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, and Halifax Regional Municipality).
    • Quebec municipalities* are currently ineligible as discussions between FCM and the government of Quebec are still underway.
  • Their project partners, which includes:
    • Private sector entities
    • Indigenous communities
    • Municipally-owned corporations
    • A regional, provincial or territorial organization delivering municipal services
    • Non-governmental organizations
    • Not-for-profit organizations
    • Research institutes (e.g., universities)

* Municipal applicants from Quebec

FCM is currently in discussions with the government of Quebec to confirm an agreement that allows FCM to fund municipal infrastructure projects in Quebec through the Community Buildings Retrofit (CBR) initiative. Once an agreement is reached, FCM will invite Quebec municipal applicants to apply for CBR funding.

Municipally owned corporations are not included in the agreement with the ministry. They must obtain authorization from the Quebec government to secure an agreement with FCM, in accordance with the Ministère du Conseil exécutif. Private non-profit organizations can submit their applications to FCM directly.

How to Apply

This funding has a five-stage application process:

Stage 1: Review the application guide. 
Stage 2: Complete the pre-application form.

Stage 3: Confirm that you’re securing other funding sources for your project:

Stage 4: Submit the form to GMF following the instructions in the application guide. Applicants will receive a response within 15 business days of receipt of initial proposal. 
Stage 5: Eligible projects will be invited to submit a full application. 

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