FCM’s Green Municipal Fund launches renewed funding offer (01/04/2015)
Ottawa, ON — Brad Woodside, president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and mayor of the City of Fredericton, NB, today launched a renewed Green Municipal FundTM (GMF) funding offer.
- Broader eligibility for capital projects in the energy, transportation, waste and water sectors.
- Enhanced client service and improved application forms and resources for a more efficient and streamlined application process.
The renewed offer is part of GMF's three-year business cycle. Program development as part of this cycle involves extensive market research and consultation to identify and meet the evolving needs of the most innovative segment of the municipal sustainable market. GMF's mandate is to support community green leaders such as elected officials, municipal staff, as well as private-sector visionaries (business leaders, consultants, green industry leaders) from urban, rural or remote municipal governments of all sizes, and in all regions of Canada.
"Community leaders expressed the need for more flexible financing for capital projects — especially for projects that incorporate leading practices in sustainable infrastructure," said Mr. Woodside. "Today, with our renewed GMF funding offer, we respond to these needs."
Ben Henderson, chair of the Green Municipal Fund Council and councillor for the City of Edmonton, AB, underscored that "the first step for community leaders planning sustainability initiatives is to contact a GMF advisor to explore funding opportunities, available programs, knowledge resources, as well as the best networks and people to help move an innovative vision to practical reality." Prospective applicants can reach GMF advisors at firstname.lastname@example.org or toll-free at 1-877-997-9926.
Since 2000, FCM's Green Municipal Fund has supported over a thousand of innovative municipal initiatives across the country. These initiatives have generated knowledge and expertise that other municipalities can replicate to achieve their own sustainability goals, deliver better value for money on infrastructure investments, and protect the environment while generating economic and social benefits. GMF can also be combined with funding from other programs to improve municipal infrastructure.
The Government of Canada endowed the Federation of Canadian Municipalities with $550 million to establish the Green Municipal Fund™. The Fund supports partnerships and leveraging of both public and private-sector funding to reach higher standards of air, water and soil quality, and climate protection.
FCM has been the national voice of municipal governments since 1901. It fosters the development of sustainable communities to improve quality of life by promoting strong, effective, and accountable municipal government.