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Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program

Community initiatives: Climate adaptation capital project grants

We provide grants for capital projects that help municipalities adapt to extreme temperatures, rising sea levels, extreme storms, flooding and drought. These projects reduce the vulnerability of municipal assets and infrastructure such as buildings, roads and water treatment plants.

These types of capital projects are dependent on voluntary changes in community behaviour and can be led by community groups, other municipal partners or the municipality. Ultimately, the goal is to ensure that municipalities can maintain levels of service such as public transportation and clean water for residents in the face of a changing climate.

On this page, find information about the types of initiatives eligible for funding, who can apply, available funding, eligible and ineligible costs, and deadlines. You will also find links to the application form and supporting documents.

Eligible initiatives

Eligible capital projects are designed to enable the adoption of a technology or solution that has the potential to help municipalities improve the resilience of municipal infrastructure to a climate risk.

Your capital project should include one or more of the following:

  • Take advantage of available local opportunities and resources to reduce vulnerability to climate change impacts, such as using natural features to protect the shoreline or the use of local materials
  • Promote new financial options to provide incentives or reduce financial risk for residents and businesses in support of projects helping municipalities adapt to climate change impacts
  • Develop methods and actions that complement other municipal initiatives

Your project can focus on improving adaptation to one or more of the following risks related to climate change:

  • Overland flooding and stormwater management
  • Rising temperatures and heat waves
  • Extreme precipitation (rain or snow)
  • Water scarcity and drought
  • Seawater surges and coastal erosion
  • Extreme wind loads, tornadoes, hail and windstorms

Examples of eligible capital projects

The following are examples of features that could be included in an eligible capital project:

  • Preventing sewer backup by installing back-flow valves in a neighbourhood prone to basement flooding
  • Strengthening buildings and homes to withstand extreme winds and climatic conditions
  • Creating permeable surfaces that absorb water, to reduce flooding in a neighbourhood (e.g. residential rain gardens)
  • Distributing rain barrels to residents
  • Developing facilities to accommodate residents on days with extreme temperatures
  • Building green roofs to help moderate temperature, reduce stormwater runoff and reduce energy use

Do you have another type of project that could help your municipality adapt to climate change events and impacts? We will consider a range of projects and approaches. Contact an FCM advisor 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 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 $1,000,000
  • Funding for up to 80 per cent of eligible costs

Application deadline

Applications are accepted year-round. Limited funding is available. We reserve the right to stop accepting applications once funding has been committed.

Note: All eligible expenses must be incurred and all reporting, including requests for disbursements, must be submitted to FCM by February 28, 2021.

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, which outlines criteria you can use to assess your project
    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 fill out the application form.

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.

For more information

Contact us by email or call:

    • Toll-free: 1-877-997-9926
    • In the Ottawa-Gatineau region: 613-907-6208

*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: 08/01/2018