Deadline to apply

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

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)

We fund pilot projects that use recovered or renewable thermal energy in new or existing facilities. This funding helps Canadian cities and communities of all sizes use less energy, which reduces their greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) and improves their air quality.

Pilot projects assess solutions in real-life conditions. They evaluate either a small-scale version of a project or a full-scale, replicable version. 

Your pilot may compare several options or assess one option’s ability to reduce energy use and GHGs by at least 40% by using recovered or renewable thermal energy in new or existing facilities.

We fund pilot projects that examine either the financial performance of environmentally proven initiatives, or the financial or environmental performance of a new initiative. Your pilot project should also assess the initiative’s social benefits (e.g., better health for local residents, job creation, youth engagement, whether people will use it).

Examples of what you might pilot:

Thermal energy use, including:

  • Energy generation from waste (does not include incineration)
  • Construction, retrofitting or expansion of district energy systems that use recovered or renewable thermal energy supply
  • Using residual biomass to displace fossil fuels in existing district energy systems
  • Combined heat and power process heat capture

We will fund other innovative ideas! Contact us to ask if your idea qualifies for funding.

Notes
  • Stand-alone electricity generation without thermal capture and use is not eligible.
  • Fuel switching to natural gas from other energy sources is not eligible.
     
Target

Your initiative must reduce fossil fuel or grid electricity use by at least 40% compared to current performance. You must be able to achieve this target within three years of implementation.

Amount

Grant: Up to $500,000 to cover up to 50% of eligible costs

  • Municipalities and municipal partners with a population of 20,000 or under may qualify for a grant of up to 80 per cent of eligible project costs under certain conditions. Contact us to find out if your municipality is eligible.
How to apply

Review the system requirements and instructions for using FCM's application forms, including details on how to submit your application. 

  1. Review the prerequisites and required supporting documents.

  2. Review eligible and ineligible costs.

  3. Complete the budget and work plan templates.

  4. Confirm that you’re securing other funding sources for your project:
  5. Complete the application 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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