Waste management and diversion funding
We provide funding for feasibility studies, pilot projects and capital projects related to initiatives that divert waste from municipal landfills and that address specific waste stream challenges.
On this page, learn about the types of waste initiatives that are eligible for funding through FCM’s Green Municipal Fund (GMF), who can apply, funding available, deadlines and how to apply.
Types of eligible initiatives
The following types of waste feasibility studies, pilot projects and capital projects are eligible for funding through GMF.
Waste diversion projects: Feasibility studies, pilot projects and capital projects
For most municipalities, projects must demonstrate the potential to divert at least 60 per cent of municipal solid waste from landfill to be eligible for funding. If your municipality has already achieved a total diversion rate of at least 60 per cent, your project must demonstrate the potential to result in an incremental improvement above 60 per cent. Institutional and commercial waste may be included if your municipality is responsible for managing this waste.
Projects involving thermal treatment will only be eligible for funding if your municipality has already achieved a total diversion rate of at least 60 per cent through successfully implementing reduction, reuse, recycling or biological processes.
For remote communities, an eligible project must target an incremental diversion rate of 15 per cent over the current baseline. Minimum diversion rates do not apply for thermal treatment projects.
- reuse programs or centres
- recycling programs or centres
- composting and other biological programs, excluding anaerobic treatment
- thermal treatment processes (your municipality must first have achieved a waste diversion rate of at least 60 per cent)
- projects related to construction and expansion landfills
- projects related solely to constructing transfer stations
Waste stream solutions: Feasibility studies, pilot projects and capital projects
Certain elements of a municipal waste stream, such as biosolids, diapers, polystyrene, certain plastics and other substances, have a lasting impact on the environment. For this reason, projects that address specific waste stream challenges, and affect multiple municipalities, are also eligible for funding. Your project must address a particular area, improve the municipal diversion rate (by weight or volume) and offer other environmental benefits.
- a facility to treat polystyrene or other plastics that are difficult to divert from landfill
Changes to funding for waste feasibility studies
Funding for feasibility studies for advanced waste treatment projects, such as anaerobic digestion, is now offered through FCM's Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program.
- See Solid waste: Climate mitigation studies grants for information and to download the application form.
Who can apply
- All Canadian municipal governments.
- Municipally owned corporations working in partnership with a municipal government.
Learn more about eligibility.
- Grants: Up to 50 per cent of eligible costs to a maximum of $175,000.
- Grants: Up to 50 per cent of eligible costs to a maximum of $350,000.
- 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.
Feasibility studies and pilot projects
- Applications are accepted all year round.
- Capital projects for waste initiatives are subject to deadlines. Learn more.
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.