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Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program

Community initiatives: Climate mitigation studies funding

We provide grants for community climate change mitigation studies that assess the feasibility of projects that could lead to greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction. 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.

Eligible initiatives

Feasibility studies

A feasibility study assesses the technical and financial feasibility of a specific project to reduce or avoid GHG emissions. It uses a verifiable evaluation process that leads to a recommended course of action.

These community initiatives and climate change studies can be focused on energy or waste initiatives.

Your study should be designed based on the following guidelines:

  • Maximizes the available local GHG reduction opportunities
  • Improves the uptake of renewable energy
  • Promotes new financial options to facilitate energy efficiency
  • Considers efficiency measures before renewable options
  • Develops methods and actions that complement other municipal initiatives

Examples of eligible feasibility studies

  • Retrofitting residential housing to upgrade insulation and heating ventilation systems
  • Installing solar hot water heaters on individual homes in a specific neighbourhood
  • Distributing bins for residential backyard organics composting
  • Other projects will also be considered

Operational studies

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 energy retrofits
  • Assessing the impact of a residential water conservation program
  • Assessing the implementation of a micro-grid system in a given neighbourhood or for the community
  • Other projects will also be considered

Don't see your study listed here? Contact us!

Do you have another type of project with the potential to reduce GHG emissions in your municipality? We will consider a range of projects and approaches that accomplish this goal. Contact an FCM advisor to discuss your project and find out if it is eligible for funding.

Who can apply

Feasibility studies

  • Municipal governments (except applicants from Quebec*)
  • 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.

Operational studies

Only municipal governments can apply for operational studies.

Funding available

  • Grants of up to $175,000
  • Funding for up to 80 per cent of eligible costs

Application deadline

Applications are accepted year-round. The last date to submit an application is January 31, 2020.

Note: All eligible expenses must be incurred, and all reporting, including request for disbursements, must be submitted to FCM by February 28, 2021.

Contact us before you apply

We encourage all applicants to contact an FCM advisor to ensure that your project is eligible for funding. Our advisors can answer questions regarding eligibility, funding or the application process.

  • Email us
  • Call us toll-free: 1-877-997-9926
  • In the Ottawa-Gatineau region: 613-907-6208

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 with evaluation criteria for self-assessment
    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 complete the application form.  
  4. Complete the application form
    Download the application form for this grant: Climate change mitigation studies and 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.


* Quebec municipalities are currently not permitted to receive funding from FCM's Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP).

FCM is working with the province of Quebec's Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l'Occupation du territoire (MAMOT) to find a solution that will provide Quebec municipalities access to MCIP funding as soon as possible.

** Not-for-profit, non-governmental organizations and indigenous communities in Quebec can still access funding from the two programs if they meet the necessary eligibility criteria.

Please contact an FCM advisor should you have additional questions about FCM or to learn if your project would be eligible for funding through other FCM programs such as the Green Municipal Fund.

Should you have further questions about MAMOT's decision and programs available to Quebec municipalities please contact MAMOT.


The Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program is a new 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: 21/08/2017