Application and approval process: Green Municipal Fund
Learn about the application submission and approval process for initiatives funded through FCM's Green Municipal Fund, including
- Capital projects: Energy, transportation, water and waste
- Plans, feasibility studies, pilot projects and brownfields capital projects
Capital projects: Energy, transportation, water and waste
There is a two-stage application process for energy, waste, water and transportation capital projects. These applications are subject to deadlines.
The next deadlines for submitting the initial review form and the application form are:
- Initial Review Form — March 1, 2018
- Application (by invitation) — April 15, 2018
Application and approval process
Applications for capital projects in the energy, transportation, waste and water sectors are reviewed in a competitive process that includes these steps.
- Self-screening: Applicants should contact an FCM advisor to begin the process, to ensure that your project is eligible and to assist you with project planning.
Then complete a Project Scorecard to assess the potential score of your application. This step is optional but strongly encouraged.
- Pre-evaluation: Applicants must submit an Initial Review Form, which FCM advisors will use to assess eligibility. Only those who meet the eligibility criteria will receive an application and invitation to apply for funding.
- Application preparation: GMF staff are available to work with applicants to prepare a strong application and gather any missing information prior to the application submission. Once the application is formally submitted to GMF, no changes are permitted.
- Independent peer review: Peer reviewers score applications using the Project Scorecard.
- Funding recommendation: Twice per year, in February and September, GMF Council reviews and compares applications that have been peer reviewed and have undergone an initial credit assessment. Council considers a number of factors, including:
- peer review score
- GMF funding priorities, as outlined in FCM's Funding Agreement with the Government of Canada (e.g. regional balance, innovation, and a minimum 15 per cent funding allocation to non-municipal applicants)
- available funding
- GMF Council recommends funding applications to FCM's Executive Committee
- Approval and notification: FCM's Executive Committee approves funding applications based on GMF Council recommendations, conditional on satisfactory due diligence conducted by FCM and on contract signature. GMF staff notify successful applicants of the outcome and required next steps.
Plans, feasibility studies, pilot projects and brownfields capital projects
Applications for plans, feasibility studies and pilot projects for energy, transportation, waste, water are accepted year round.
Applications for brownfields plans, feasibility studies, pilot projects and capital projects are also accepted year round.
Application and approval process
Applications for eligible plans, feasibility studies, pilot projects, and capital projects in the brownfields sector are reviewed in a non-competitive process that includes these steps:
- Self-screening and pre-evaluation: Consult our application resources to assess your initiative's eligibility for funding, and review the evaluation criteria described in the relevant application form. Contact an FCM advisor to discuss your initiative before submitting an application form. This step is optional but strongly encouraged.
- Application review: GMF staff review submitted applications and work to gather any missing information within established timelines.
- Independent peer review: Peer reviewers score applications against established criteria for plans, feasibility studies and pilot projects, and for brownfield capital projects. Evaluation criteria are described in the application forms.
- Recommendation: GMF Council reviews peer-reviewed applications throughout the year and makes funding recommendations to FCM's Executive Committee. Applications are not compared against other applications.
- Approval and notification: FCM's Executive Committee approves funding applications based on GMF Council recommendations, conditional on contract signature. GMF staff notify successful applicants of their approved funding amount.
Only the best projects will be approved for funding. We reserve the right to partially fund projects.
Each application for funding is assessed by two or three independent third-party reviewers in specific environmental fields.
Reviewers for each application are selected from a group of 60 independent experts based on their area of expertise. The number of peer reviewers who will review your application depends on the amount and type of funding you are requesting.
One-third of peer reviewers are from federal departments and organizations, one-third are from municipal governments, and one-third are from private sector or non-governmental organizations.