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Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program

Water: Climate mitigation capital project grants

We provide grants for capital projects related to water systems, treatment plants and distribution infrastructure that lead to greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions.

On this page, find information about the types of initiatives eligible for funding, who can apply, available funding, eligible and ineligible costs, and deadlines. You will also find links to the application form and supporting documents.

Eligible initiatives

Eligible capital projects will address corporate or community GHG emissions at a site, or in a neighbourhood or region. These projects are designed to enable the adoption of a technology or solution that has the potential to reduce GHG emissions.

Examples of eligible capital projects

The following are examples of features that could be included in an eligible capital project:

  • Making energy-efficiency and renewable upgrades to a drinking water or wastewater treatment plant
  • Optimizing the distribution of water to make greater use of gravity-fed systems
  • Automating the collection, distribution and management of the municipal water supply
  • Retrofits or new construction to add anaerobic treatment of bio-solids for a wastewater treatment facility, including use of renewable biogas

Targets

Capital projects focused on a municipality's corporate assets should be designed to reduce GHG emissions by 50 per cent from an existing baseline. In addition:

  • Two-thirds of the reduction in GHGs must come from efficiency measures.
  • Up to one-third may come from the use of renewable energy.

Who can apply

  • Municipal governments*
  • Municipal partners working in partnership with a municipal government*, which include:

    • Certain Indigenous communities that have a shared service agreement with a municipal government related to infrastructure, climate change mitigation or climate change adaptation
    • Regional, provincial or territorial organizations delivering municipal services
    • Not-for-profit organizations

Note: Private sector entities are not eligible as municipal partners.

*Climate change capital project grants are currently available to Quebec municipalities only. Learn more about climate change funding grants available to municipalities throughout the rest of Canada, as well as how to apply.

Funding available

  • Grants of up to $750,000 
  • Funding for up to 80 per cent of eligible costs

Application deadline

Applications are accepted until October 12, 2018. Limited funding is available.

How to apply

  1. Review eligible and ineligible costs
    Learn about the eligible and ineligible costs that can be included in the budget of your application. 

    Note: Costs associated with preparing an application for this grant are not eligible for reimbursement.
  2. Review the project scorecard, which outlines criteria you can use to assess your project
    We recommend that you download the project scorecard to review the evaluation criteria and refer to it as you fill out your application. This will help strengthen your responses to each question.
  3. Complete the budget and workplan template
    Review and complete the budget and workplan template to include in your application. You will be directed to upload this Excel document as you fill out the application form.
  4. Complete the application form
    Download the application form for this grant: Climate change mitigation capital projects.

Review the system requirements and instructions for using FCM's application forms, including details on how to submit your application.

Application review timeline and approval process

Learn more about the application review process, including timelines for approvals and funding decisions.

Quebec municipalities 

FCM has an agreement with Quebec's Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l'Occupation du territoire (MAMOT) that allows the ministry to review applications to MCIP before they are submitted to FCM. Quebec municipalities applying for funding from MCIP must follow the process below to submit their application to MAMOT.

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: MIC_ "your municipality's name"_ "date" (YYMMDD). For example: MIC_TownofABC_180228.pdf       
  2. Login to the Portail gouvernemental des affaires municipales et régionales using your username and password. Select the program, "MAMOT - Programme Municipalités pour l'innovation climatique."     
  3. Upload and submit the application form through the portal. Note this is an external site.   
  4. Receive confirmation from MAMOT
    MAMOT 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, MAMOT informs the applicant of their decision and sends compliant applications to MCIP for review.

    MAMOT requires up to 20 working days to review the application and forward it to MCIP.   
  5. Receive approval from MCIP
    MCIP will inform the applicant once they receive the application from MAMOT and review the submission. If the application is approved for funding, an agreement between FCM and the applicant is prepared.

The Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program is a five-year, $75-million program designed to encourage Canadian municipalities to better prepare for and adapt to the new realities of climate change as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The program is delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Government of Canada.
Page Updated: 12/06/2018