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We fund pilot projects that reduce or avoid fossil fuel use in any vehicle that delivers municipal services.This funding helps Canadian cities and communities of all sizes undertake environmental sustainability projects that reduce energy consumption/greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) and improve their air quality.
Pilot projects assess technology or other solutions in real-life conditions. They evaluate either a small-scale version of a project or a full-scale, replicable version.
Your pilot project may compare several options or assess the capacity of one option to reduce or avoid using fossil fuel in any vehicle that delivers municipal services.
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 should also assess a project’s social benefits (e.g., better health for local residents, job creation, youth engagement, whether people will use it).
All classes of vehicle are eligible for this funding. It applies to your fleet (i.e, all municipally owned vehicles such as police cruisers and fire trucks) and private vehicles that deliver a municipal services (e.g., waste management or leased vehicles).
Examples of what you might pilot:
- Purchasing properly sized municipal vehicles for various uses (e.g.,fleet optimization)
- Alternative fueling infrastructure for vehicles providing municipal services (e.g., fast charging stations)
- Sustainable autonomous vehicle use for private or municipally owned vehicles
- Fuel switching, alternative fuels (e.g., electric/hydrogen, biogas) and technologies to reduce fuel consumption (e.g., drive trains)
- Intelligent transportation systems that reduce fuel consumption and promote transit use (e.g., transit signal priority, real-time travel information)
We will fund other innovative ideas. Contact us to see if your idea qualifies for funding.
Your project should reduce GHG emissions by 20% compared to an existing or modeled baseline measurement.
Review the system requirements and instructions for using FCM's application forms, including details on how to submit your application.
Review the prerequisites and required supporting documents.
Review eligible and ineligible costs.
Complete the budget and work plan templates.
- Confirm that you’re securing other funding sources for your project:
- Sample Letter Confirming Consultation with Provincial/Territorial Government (a prerequisite for all applicants, except municipal governments in Quebec)
- Sample Letter from Confirmed Funding Sources (required for each contributing organization, including the lead municipality)
Complete the application form.
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.
- 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
Log in to the Portail gouvernemental des affaires municipales et régionales using your username and password. Select the program, "MAMH - Fonds municipal vert".
Upload and submit the application form through the portal. Note this is an external site.
- 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.
- 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.