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We fund pilot projects for retrofits that improve energy efficiency in homes or in a group of commercial or institutional buildings. 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.
Pilot a combination of energy efficient retrofits that together, reduce energy consumption and GHGs by at least 10% in homes or in a group of commercial or institutional buildings.
If your initiative targets homes in small and medium-sized communities, the number of homes involved will be determined on a case-by-case basis. In large communities (100,000+ people), it should include more than 100 homes. If your initiative targets commercial or institutional buildings, the number of buildings involved will be determined on a case-by-case basis in all communities.
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:
A combination of these retrofits:
- Upgraded building components and materials (e.g., insulation, walls, windows)
- Advanced automation and control systems
- Advanced HVAC systems (e.g., heat pumps, ejector systems)
- On-site renewable energy generation and storage (e.g., solar, wind, geothermal exchange systems)
- Fuel switching (e.g., connecting to district energy systems)
- Harvesting energy from process loads or waste (e.g., sewer heat recovery)
We will fund other innovative ideas! Contact us to ask if your idea qualifies for funding.
- While we encourage you to pursue green building certifications, they are not a prerequisite for funding.
Your combination of energy efficient retrofits must have the potential to reduce energy use by at least 10% compared to the current baseline (i.e., fossil fuel use and energy from the grid). Retrofit changes must meet or exceed the national and provincial building codes (NECB 2011 or provincial derivatives).
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.