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We fund pilot projects of retrofit initiatives that have the potential to reduce potable water use by at least 20% in a neighbourhood, facility or group of facilities. This funding helps Canadian cities and communities of all sizes promote water conservation.
Pilot projects assess solutions in real-life conditions. They evaluate either a small-scale version of a project or a full-scale, replicable version.
This funding is for retrofit initiatives only. Your pilot project may compare several options or assess one option’s ability to reduce potable water use by at least 20% in a neighbourhood, facility or group of facilities. We do not fund the purchase, installation, replacement or repair of water mains as a stand-alone initiative. We will fund those activities if they are part of a broader, more innovative initiative.
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 plans you might develop:
- Grey water systems
- Rainwater collection and reuse
Reduce residential potable water use by at least 20%. The baseline for neighbourhoods is the average consumption over the previous three years (m3) on a per capita basis. For a facility or group of facilities, the baseline is the average overall consumption in the past three years.
FCM funds pilot projects that demonstrate most of the following characteristics:
- Transformative potential: The pilot project test solutions (e.g., knowledge, practices, technologies) that are beyond business-as-usual. The pilot project:
- Is likely to result in a project that demonstrates significant performance improvements (e.g., improved levels of service, cost savings, energy efficiency, increased resiliency, environmental protection, improved human health)
- Is audacious in that it requires a municipality to take on uncertainty over known best practices to achieve greater environmental benefits
- Is designed to build the capacity of key stakeholders (e.g., municipal staff, elected officials, local trades)
- Has the potential to generate new knowledge for the sector
- Has a high likelihood of being replicated if successful
- Significant impacts: The project has the potential, at full scale, to generate significant measurable environmental results as well as economic and social benefits.
- Strong implementation framework: The project plan is robust and includes appropriate stakeholder engagement, planning, risk management and resourcing.
This funding has a two-stage application process:
- Complete the pre-application form
- Submit the form to the GMF following instruction provided in the form
GMF will contact applicants within 15 business days of receipt of pre-application. Eligible projects will be invited to submit a full application.
2. Full application:
- Review the system requirements and instructions for using FCM's application forms, including details on how to submit your application.
- The following information will be required at the full application stage:
- List of prerequisites and required supporting documents
- A complete application form (provided by GMF following pre-application)
- A complete project workbook including project costs and milestones (provided by GMF following pre-application)
- Confirmation 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)
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.