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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.  


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 the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' (FCM) Partners for Climate Protection program.
  • Actions to reduce GHG emissions while improving community resilience to climate change risks.

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

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

Who can apply

  • 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.

Funding available

  • Grants of up to $175,000
  • Funding for 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 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 and climate change adaptation 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 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