Grant for a maximum of $55,000 to cover up to 60% of eligible costs

Deadline to apply

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

Optimize the energy performance of a local recreational or cultural facility in your community. Use this grant to help identify opportunities to reduce whole-building energy use by up to 5-15 percent (with higher savings possible), extend equipment life and reduce maintenance costs. 

Two types of projects are eligible for this grant – building recommissioning and building retro-commissioning:

  • Recommissioning is a re-optimization process for existing buildings. It aims to improve how building equipment and systems are operating to meet building-use requirements and expectations. This is done by identifying problems and integration issues as well as low-cost or no-cost operational improvements to obtain comfort and energy savings. This process can be undertaken alone or along with a retrofit project. 
  • Retro-commissioning is like recommissioning, but it applies to an existing building that was not originally commissioned. Additional investigation is usually needed due to lack of prior commissioning data.

Recommissioning and retro-commissioning typically include four phases: Planning, Investigation, Implementation and Hand-off/Closing.  At a high level, these phases will define the scope of work, identify and prioritize opportunities for improvements, implement these improvements and develop a strategy to maintain the building performance over time.

Most projects will focus on a single building, however projects with multiple buildings are eligible. 

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.


Only one grant is available 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 four-stage application process:

Stage 1: Review the application guide.
Stage 2: Complete the application form and project workbook.

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

Stage 4: Submit to GMF following the instructions in the application form. Applicants will receive a response within 15 business days of receipt of the application form. 

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