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 feasibility studies of retrofits that improve energy efficiency by at least 30% in municipal 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.

Study a combination of energy efficient retrofits that together, reduce a municipal facility’s energy consumption by 30% (minimum of 20% through energy efficiency and maximum of 10% through on-site, renewable energy).

Municipal facilities include administration buildings, police stations and fire halls, recreation centres and arenas, wastewater treatment plants, etc. Most of this funding goes to projects in municipally owned buildings, but a non-municipally owned building may be eligible if it is used mostly for municipal purposes.

We fund studies that examine either the financial performance of environmentally proven initiatives, or the financial or environmental performance of a new initiative. Your study 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 study:

A combination of these retrofits:

  • Upgraded building components and materials (e.g., insulation, walls, windows)
  • Advanced automation and control systems

  • Upgraded HVAC systems (e.g., heat pumps, ejector systems)

  • On-site renewable energy generation and storage (e.g., solar, wind or geothermal exchange systems)

  • Fuel switching (e.g., connecting to district energy systems)

  • Harvesting energy from process loads or waste (e.g., sewer heat recovery)

  • Energy efficient processes (e.g., variable frequency drives, high efficiency equipment)

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 retrofits must have the potential to reduce a building’s energy use by at least 30%. A minimum of 20% must come from energy efficiency and a maximum of 10% can come from on-site, renewable energy. The 10% maximum does not apply to geothermal exchange systems. Retrofit changes must meet or exceed the national and provincial building codes (NECB 2011 or provincial derivatives).


Grant: Up to 50% of eligible costs to a maximum of $175,000

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. Complete the project workbook.

  3. Confirm that you’re securing other funding sources for your project:
  4. 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?

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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