Community initiatives: Climate adaptation studies funding
We provide grants for community climate change adaptation studies that have the potential to reduce vulnerability of new or existing infrastructure to climate change impacts so that municipalities can continue to deliver and maintain levels of service. These projects are dependent on voluntary changes in community behaviour and can be led by community groups, other municipal partners or by the municipality.
We fund two types of studies:
- Feasibility studies
- Operational studies
On this page, find information about the types of initiatives that are eligible for funding, who can apply, available funding, eligible and ineligible costs, deadlines, as well as the application forms and supporting documents.
A feasibility study assesses the technical and financial feasibility of a specific project to reduce the vulnerability of a community to climate change impacts or events. It uses a verifiable evaluation process that leads to a recommended course of action.
Your study should be designed based on the following guidelines:
- Maximizes the available local opportunities to reduce vulnerability to climate change impacts.
- Promotes new financial options to reduce risk to climate change impacts.
- Develops methods and actions that complement other municipal initiatives.
These studies can focus on improving adaptation to one or more of the following climate change-related risks:
- Rising temperatures and heat waves.
- Overland flooding and stormwater management.
- Extreme precipitation (rain or snow).
- Drought and water scarcity.
- Seawater surges and coastal erosion.
- Extreme wind loads, tornadoes, hail and windstorms.
Examples of eligible feasibility studies
- Preventing sewer back-up by installing back-flow valves in a neighbourhood prone to basement flooding.
- Creating more permeable surfaces such as residential rain gardens in a neighbourhood prone to flooding.
- Distributing rain barrels to residents.
- Other projects will also be considered.
An operational study assesses the actual or potential benefit of a municipal operational change or enables research to support such a change. Only municipal governments can apply for this type of study.
Examples of eligible operational studies
- Conducting research to implement a property-assessed payment system for residential stormwater retrofits.
- Assessing the impact of a residential water conservation program.
- Conducting research on how best to implement a downspout disconnection program.
- Other projects will also be considered.
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.
Only municipal governments* can apply for operational studies.
*Climate change 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.
- Grants of up to $125,000
- Funding for up to 80 per cent of eligible costs
Applications are accepted until October 12, 2018. Limited funding is available.
How to apply
- 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.
- Review the project scorecard with evaluation criteria for self-assessment
Download the appropriate project scorecard for this grant and refer to it as you fill out your application. This will help strengthen your responses to each question.
- 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 complete the application form.
- Complete the application form
Download the application form for this grant: Climate change adaptation studies.
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.
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.
- 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
- 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."
- Upload and submit the application form through the portal. Note this is an external site.
- 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.
- 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.
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