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Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program

Flooding and drought: Climate adaptation studies funding

We provide grants for climate change studies to help municipalities identify ways to adapt to flooding, water scarcity or drought. These studies could reduce the vulnerability of new and existing municipal assets and infrastructure, such as buildings, roads or treatment plants, to climate change impacts or events. The overall goal is to enable municipalities to continue to deliver and maintain levels of service to residents in the face of a changing climate.

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, requirements, 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 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. 

Examples of eligible feasibility studies

  • Conducting lifecycle analysis studies to identify areas of a sewer network that are vulnerable to surcharge.
  • Building low impact developments that manage the treatment of stormwater on-site.
  • Developing options such as sewer separation and storage enhancements to reduce the impact of stormwater on critical infrastructure (e.g. wastewater treatment plants).
  • Managing or developing natural assets such as trees, wetlands and creeks.
  • Creating permeable surfaces and installing bioswales and rain gardens to reduce surface runoff water.
  • Conducting studies to develop dikes/levees, near-shore buffer areas, closure dams and surge barriers.

Operational studies

An operational study 1) assesses the actual or potential effectiveness of an operational change aimed at reducing vulnerability to climate change impacts or 2) enables research to support such a change.

Examples of eligible operational studies

  • Developing policy and management options to reduce flooding in vulnerable communities such as promoting community rain barrels and rain gardens.
  • Developing local building policies and codes to accommodate stormwater management best practices (e.g. use of permeable pavements, stormwater utility pricing, etc.).

Who can apply

Feasibility studies

  • 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.

Operational studies

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.

Funding available

  • Grants of up to $125,000
  • 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 with evaluation criteria for self-assessment
    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 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

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.

For more information

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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