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Green Municipal Fund

Transportation and fuel efficiency funding

We provide funding for transportation capital projects related to sustainability and that reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).

On this page, learn about the types of transportation projects that are eligible for grants and loans through FCM's Green Municipal Fund (GMF), as well as who can apply, funding available, deadlines and how to apply.

GMF funding has changed

See details about changes to feasibility studies funding below.
Learn about new climate change and asset management funding.
Contact an FCM advisor for more information.

Types of eligible initiatives

The following types of transportation capital projects are eligible for funding through GMF.

Modal shift: Capital projects

Modal shift is the change in travel patterns from one type or mode to more sustainable one (e.g. a change in the number of people using public transit instead of cars).

Eligible projects must demonstrate the potential to reduce vehicle kilometres travelled in single occupancy vehicles by encouraging alternative modes of travel.

Examples:

  • intelligent transportation systems, such as real-time travel information and transit signal priority
  • active transportation infrastructure near transit nodes, such as sidewalks, pedestrian crossings, links to park-and-ride facilities, and walking and cycling networks that promote accessibility and safety 

Fleet fossil fuel and GHG emissions reduction: Capital projects

Your project must demonstrate the potential to increase fuel efficiency by at least 20 per cent (reduction in litres of fuel consumed per 100 kilometers travelled) — or reduce life-cycle GHG emissions by at least 20 per cent — for a municipal fleet or a portion of a municipal fleet.

Examples:

  • hybrid vehicle purchase and retrofits
  • purchasing properly sized vehicles for various uses
  • fuel switching

Changes to funding for transportation feasibility studies

Funding for feasibility studies for transportation projects is now offered through FCM's Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program.

Who can apply

  • All Canadian municipal governments.
  • Municipally owned corporations working in partnership with a municipal government.

Learn more about eligibility.

Funding available

Capital projects

  • We offer low-interest loans, with competitive lending rates, usually in combination with grants.
  • Funding is provided for up to 80 per cent of eligible project costs.
  • The loan maximum is $5 million, and the grant amount is 15 per cent of the loan. 

Applicants with high-ranking projects may be eligible for a loan of up to $10 million, combined with a grant for 15 per cent of the loan amount, to a maximum of $1.5 million.

Learn more about financing for capital projects.

Application deadlines

Capital projects

Capital projects for transportation initiatives are subject to deadlines. Learn more

Prerequisites

You will need to meet key prerequisites before you apply.

How to apply

See the Application Resources page to find the application forms and other resources you need to apply.

Learn more about GMF's application and approval processes and deadlines.

Questions?

See our FAQs, or contact an FCM advisor at 613-907-6208 or 1-877-997-9926. 

Page Updated: 27/07/2017