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Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program

Climate change staff grants

New grants to help pay salaries of staff working on climate action.

Call for applications is now closed

FCM's climate change staff grants provide up to $125,000 to supplement the salary of a new or existing municipal employee who will work on initiatives to improve adaptation to local climate change impacts or reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Lack of staff resources is one of the biggest barriers for communities looking to take action on climate change. These grants, disbursed over two years, help municipalities address staffing gaps and produce lasting improvements in their operations related to climate change.

Communities can use the funding to dedicate staff to activities such as developing or refreshing GHG emissions reduction or climate change adaptation plans, creating GHG emission inventories or adding climate change practices into daily municipal processes.

On this page, find information about initiative requirements, available funding and how to apply.

Eligibility requirements

An individual funded through a climate change staff grant must move the following three municipal initiatives from planning to implementation over the course of the grant period:

  • Develop or refresh a GHG emissions reduction or climate adaptation plan, which:

    • Aligns with the municipality's sustainability and environmental goals, such as the Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP), Official Community Plan or other related policy documents
    • Integrates asset management priorities
  • Implement operational or institutional changes to produce long-term climate change impacts within the municipality beyond the end of the grant period, such as the creation of a climate change advisory committee or integration of climate considerations into infrastructure decision-making processes
  • Undertake preparatory work leading to the implementation of municipal GHG emissions reduction or climate change adaptation initiatives, such as creating GHG inventories, conducting stakeholder consultations or doing policy research

Activities must include these three areas:

  • Planning related to mitigation or adaptation
  • Institutional and operational changes
  • Implementation of climate mitigation or adaptation projects

Examples of municipal initiatives

Here are some examples of the types of municipal initiatives grant-funded staff can work on:

  • Developing a climate mitigation or adaptation vision
  • Preparing and holding public consultation
  • Implementing feasibility study or capital project
  • Setting up a steering committee

Who can apply

FCM strongly encourages applications from small and medium-sized communities, particularly those in the early stages of maturity on our self-assessment scales.

  • Municipalities with a population of 150,000 or less
  • Two or more municipalities that will share the services of one grant-funded staff person
  • Indigenous communities that have a shared service agreement with a municipal government related to infrastructure, GHG emissions reduction or climate change adaptation

Note: Preference will be given to first-time applicants to the MCIP program.

Funding available

  • Grants of up to $125,000 to cover the salary of one staff person
    • Eligible applicants can receive a maximum of one climate change staff grant
  • Funding for up to 80 per cent of eligible costs over a two-year period

Application deadline

The call for applications is now closed.

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.

Other application resources

Use these resources to help you throughout the application process:

For more information

Contact us

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.
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Page Updated: 04/07/2018