Solid waste: Climate mitigation studies funding
We provide grants for climate change mitigation studies that assess the feasibility of solid waste projects that could lead to greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions from anaerobic treatment and management of solid waste or landfill gas capture.
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 and requirements, who can apply, available funding, eligible and ineligible costs, deadlines, as well as the application form and supporting documents.
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.
Examples of eligible feasibility studies
- Retrofit or new construction of an anaerobic treatment plant that processes municipal solid waste to generate renewable energy from biogas.
- Landfill gas capture processes to collect, process and treat methane gas from landfill sites to produce energy.
If the intent of your study is primarily to increase the diversion of municipal solid waste from landfills, we recommend that you apply for funding for these types of waste studies through FCM's Green Municipal Fund.
Your feasibility study should be designed to reach the following GHG emissions targets:
For anaerobic treatment or biodigestion (new or retrofit)
The target is capturing 50 per cent reduction in GHG emissions from the site. GHG emission reductions are calculated from a baseline scenario of landfill gas that is released in the atmosphere without being destroyed or combusted.
For landfill gas capture (new or retrofit)
The target is capturing 60 per cent of all emissions from the site. GHG emission reductions are calculated from a baseline scenario of landfill gas that is released in the atmosphere without being destroyed or combusted.
An operational study 1) assesses the actual or potential benefit of changing the way a municipal service, such as building operations, is delivered and managed or 2) enables research to support such a change.
Examples of eligible operational studies
- Optimization of an anaerobic treatment plant.
- Strategies to increase public acceptance of anaerobic waste treatment facilities.
- Research to design a program or policy change that enables GHG emission reductions in solid waste management.
There is no target for operational studies.
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.
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
- Note: All eligible expenses must be incurred, and all reporting, including request for disbursements, must be submitted to FCM by December 31, 2020.
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 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.
- 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 mitigation 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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