Deadline to apply

This funding has a two-stage application process with the following deadlines:

  1. Initial Review Form: August 1, 2019
  2. Application by invitation only: October 1, 2019 
Who can apply

1. All Canadian municipal governments
2. 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)
Description

Our signature initiative funding (combined loans and grants) helps Canadian cities and communities of all sizes implement bold environmental projects that reduce GHG emissions and protect the air, water or land. This funding is designed to accommodate transformative, best-in-class municipal projects, meaning they’re highly innovative and impactful.

Your capital project may involve any type of initiative, so long as it has the capacity to create transformative change in the energy, transportation, waste, water or land use sector (or a combination of those sectors). It must have the potential to address environmental challenges and change the way other municipalities operate and deliver municipal services. It must also have a solid business case and the ability to deliver strong environmental, financial and social benefits directly to your community or through replication in other municipalities.

Signature initiatives do not have pre-set environmental targets/thresholds because the projects are unique and evaluated on a case-by-case basis. We prefer projects that have built-in mechanisms to encourage replication and widespread adoption (e.g., innovative business models, partnership models, new financing mechanisms).

Examples of what you might implement include, but are not limited to:

  • Advanced, emerging and adaptive technologies
  • Innovative financing mechanisms and business models (e.g., property assessed clean energy programs, innovative utility charges)
  • Capacity building programs that generate direct environmental benefits (e.g., green job skills training)
  • Projects and programs that generate environmental, economic and other benefits for the broader community
  • Enabling greater adoption of sustainable infrastructure (e.g., demonstrating new products such as autonomous vehicles, creating smart grid projects that enable more integration of renewable generation within the community)
Notes

We reserve the right to make changes to eligibility criteria and the types of projects funded through this offer. We will re-evaluate this offer’s criteria in March 2021. If you apply before then, your application will not be affected.

Amount
  • Regular loans and grants: Receive a low-interest loan of up to $5 million and a grant worth up to 15% of the loan; cover up to 80% of your eligible costs.
  • High-ranking project loans and grants: These qualify for a low-interest loan of up to $10 million and a grant worth up to 15% of the loan; cover up to 80% of your eligible costs.
How to apply

Contact us before you apply!

We will determine whether your capital project is eligible for funding, and if it is, you can follow these steps:

  1. Review the system requirements and instructions for using FCM's application forms, including details on how to submit your application.
  2. Review the prerequisites and required supporting documents.
  3. Review eligible and ineligible costs.
  4. Ensure you have a detailed project budget in place.
  5. Confirm that you’re securing other funding sources for your project:
    1. Sample Letter Confirming Consultation with Provincial/Territorial Government (a prerequisite for all applicants, except municipal governments in Quebec)
    2. Sample Letter from Confirmed Funding Sources (required for each contributing organization, including the lead municipality)
  6. Complete the initial review form.

Quebec municipalities

FCM has an agreement with Quebec's Ministre des Affaires municipales et de l’Habitation (MAMH) that allows the ministry to review applications to GMF before they are submitted to FCM. Quebec municipalities applying for funding from GMF must follow the process below to submit their application to MAMH.

Once you have completed all the steps in the ‘How to apply’ section, submit your application by following the steps below. Note that the content of the links is available in French only.

1. Save your application form using the appropriate file name.

  • Save the application form to your local device with the following filename: FMV_ "your municipality's name"_ "date" (YYMMDD). For example: FMV_TownofABC_180228.pdf

2. Log in to the Portail gouvernemental des affaires municipales et régionales using your username and password. Select the program, "MAMH - Fonds municipal vert".

3. Upload and submit the application form through the portal. Note this is an external site.

4. Receive confirmation from MAMH.

  • MAMH assesses the applications to ensure that the projects submitted do not conflict with Quebec's government policies and directives. Once the assessment has been completed, MAMH informs the applicant of their decision and sends compliant applications to GMF for review.
  • MAMH requires up to 15 working days to review the application and forward it to GMF.

5. Receive approval from GMF.

  • GMF will inform the applicant once they receive the application from MAMH and review the submission. If the application is approved for funding, an agreement between FCM and the applicant is prepared.
Need help?
Contact us

If you have questions or are having trouble with a particular step in the process, reach out! Email us so we can better assist you. Once received, we’ll be in touch within 48 hours.

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