Grants of up to $175,000 to cover up to 80% of eligible costs.

Who can apply
  • Municipal governments
  • Municipal partners applying in partnership with a municipal government:
    • Private sector entities
    • Indigenous communities 
    • Municipally owned corporations
    • A regional, provincial or territorial organization delivering municipal services (e.g., a municipal association)
    • Non-governmental organizations
    • Not-for-profit organizations
    • Research institutes (e.g., universities)

The following entities are not eligible to receive funds directly:

  • Homeowners
  • Federal government entities and any organizations established by those entities
  • Provincial and territorial government entities and any corporation that they own or control
Deadline to apply

Submit your application by October 30, 2020.

We fund program evaluation studies to help municipalities with existing financing programs for home energy upgrades to:

  • assess the historical performance of those programs, and
  • identify opportunities to improve them

These studies are often undertaken at an interim stage or when the program concludes. The findings from these studies help to determine if the initiative should be continued, expanded, or discontinued, providing the details needed to justify recommendations to stakeholders and municipal decision makers. Evaluations aim to determine the overall effectiveness and market receptivity of a financing program for home energy upgrades, and point to ways the program can better meet market needs, including: 

  • Comparison of stated goals against actual performance
  • Recommendations for refinements to improve program design and delivery
  • Strategies for increasing uptake, investment and scaling of environmental and energy performance impacts

Typically, program evaluation studies aim to: 

  • Assess if the program is being delivered as intended and recommends adjustments to improve effectiveness
  • Provide insights on program performance to all stakeholders (e.g., environmental, energy and economic impacts). 


  • Documented results from at least one year of implementation of an existing program.


  • We reserve the right to make changes to eligibility criteria and the types of projects funded through this offer.
  • A program evaluation study is a pre-requisite for CEF capital program funding to recapitalize an existing program.
How to Apply

This funding has a three-stage application process:

  • Stage 1: Review the application guide.
  • Stage 2: Complete the initial proposal form and submit it to GMF to confirm your eligibility as an applicant and the eligibility of your study. Applicants will receive a response within 15 business days of receipt of initial proposal.
  • Stage 3: Eligible studies will be invited to submit a full application by October 30, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.

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