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Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program

Greenhouse gas emission reduction and community energy plans funding

We provide grants for greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction and community energy plans that identify opportunities to reduce GHG emissions for municipal operations or for the community.

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 form and supporting documents.  

Eligible initiatives

These plans should aim to:

  • Establish or update a baseline through a GHG emissions inventory.
  • Set GHG emissions reduction targets for the municipality or for the community.
  • Outline actions to reduce GHG emissions for municipal operations or the community.  

Requirements

Your plan should outline:

  • Specific tasks and who will accomplish them.
  • A timeline for implementation.
  • Estimated costs.

Note: This plan may be combined with other types of MCIP plans with the overall aim of reducing GHG emissions.

Examples of eligible plans

  • Plans that identify initiatives to reduce GHG emissions from all areas of municipal and community activity, such as:

    • Buildings
    • Transportation
    • Land use
    • Waste management
    • Water management
  • Plans that identify initiatives to reduce GHG emissions across types of municipal assets, such as:

    • Municipal buildings
    • Fleets
    • Waste treatment facilities
    • Any infrastructure that has high energy use and GHG emissions
  • Proposals that address Milestones 1 to 3 in FCM-ICLEI's Partners for Climate Protection program.
  • Actions to reduce GHG emissions while improving community resilience to climate change risks.

Who can apply

  • Call for applications now open for Quebec municipalities only.
  • 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 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 to 80 per cent of eligible costs 
  • Note: All eligible expenses must be incurred, and all reporting, including request for disbursements, must be submitted to FCM by December 31, 2020.

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 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.
  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 plans.

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.     
  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: 31/07/2018