Wind events: Climate adaptation studies funding
We provide grants for climate change studies to help municipalities identify ways to adapt to extreme wind events such as tornadoes, hail and windstorms or enhanced wind loads. These studies could reduce the vulnerability of new or existing municipal assets and infrastructure, such as buildings, roads, bridges or treatment plants, to climate change impacts or events. The overall goal is to enable municipalities to continue to deliver and maintain levels of service to residents in the face of a changing climate.
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, requirements, who can apply, available funding, eligible and ineligible costs, deadlines, as well as the application forms and supporting documents.
A feasibility study assesses the technical and financial feasibility of a specific project to reduce the vulnerability of a community to climate change impacts or events. It uses a verifiable evaluation process that leads to a recommended course of action.
Examples of eligible feasibility studies
- Designing buildings and strengthening infrastructure to withstand extreme winds and climatic conditions.
- Retrofitting and improving the window protection and safety in buildings.
An operational study 1) assesses the actual or potential effectiveness of an operational change aimed at reducing vulnerability to climate change impacts or 2) enables research to support such a change.
Examples of eligible operational studies
- Identifying policy and management options to manage and recover from extreme wind events.
- Developing building code options to improve resistance to wind and or other climate risks.
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.
Only municipal governments can apply for operational studies.
- Grants of up to $125,000
- Funding for up to 80 per cent of eligible costs
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 request for disbursements, must be submitted to FCM by February 28, 2021.
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.
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.