Amount

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

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 for initiatives that have the potential to help you divert at least 60% of municipal solid waste from your landfill, no matter how much you’re already diverting (i.e., 0-59%). If your municipality has already achieved the 60% target, your project must demonstrate the potential to move beyond it. If you are from a remote community, your diversion project must target a diversion rate of 15% over your current baseline. This funding helps Canadian cities and communities of all sizes reduce, reuse and recycle material that would otherwise enter the waste stream.

You may compare several options or assess one option’s ability to divert solid waste from landfills. You may include multi-residential, institutional, commercial, and industrial waste in your study, and an evaluation of partnerships that may strengthen the business case of options assessed. 

Projects involving thermal treatment are only eligible for funding if your municipality has already achieved a total diversion rate of at least 60% with reduction, reuse, recycling or biological processes. That diversion rate does not apply to thermal treatment projects in remote communities. If you are from a remote community, your diversion project must target a diversion rate of 15% over your current baseline. 

Your feasibility study should assess the feasibility (e.g., technical, financial) of an initiative as well as its potential environmental, economic and social impacts. 

Projects related to construction and expansion of landfills or those related solely to constructing transfer stations are not eligible.

Examples of what you might study:

  • Organics collection programs and processing facilities
  • Reduction, reuse or recycling programs and infrastructure (e.g., eco-centres,zero-waste or circular economy initiatives) 
  • Economic incentives to encourage diversion (e.g., pay-as-you-throw, targeted landfill fees)
  • Waste management systems that increase the diversion of waste from landfills
  • Thermal treatment processes (for municipalities that have already achieved a waste diversion rate of at least 60%)
     
Target

Divert at least 60% of municipal solid waste from your landfill, or move beyond the 60% mark if you have already achieved it. If you are from a remote community, achieve a diversion rate of 15% over your current baseline. 

What we’re looking to fund

FCM funds studies that demonstrate most of the following characteristics:

  • Transformative potential: The study assesses the feasibility of implementing solutions (e.g., knowledge, practices, technologies) that are beyond business-as-usual. The study:
    • is likely to result in a pilot or 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 a high likelihood of being replicated if successful
  • Significant impacts: The study assesses solutions that have the potential 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.
How to apply

This funding has a two-stage application process: 
1.    Pre-application:

  • 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:


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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