Accessibility Tools

*Updated programs* at the Green Municipal Fund

Department - Organization: Infrastructure Canada/Federation of Canadian Municipalities 
Description:  GMF is more than just a funding source—they are a full-service partner in your climate action progress. Grants and loans for all stages. Stackable with other funding sources. Dedicated staff to help you apply. Free resources to help build business cases and improve project outcomes. Grants from $100-500k for up to 50% of eligible costs, combined grant and loan to a maximum of $10M for up to 80% of eligible costs.
  • Sustainable Municipal Buildings: Funding for high-efficiency new construction of municipal and community buildings, and retrofits of municipal buildings.
  • Community Energy Systems: Support for the adoption of renewable energy solutions that meet community needs and are aligned with a net-zero future.
  • Municipal Fleet Electrification: Funding for the electrification of municipal and transit fleets to help municipalities achieve net-zero transportation emissions.
  • Organic Waste to Energy: Support for communities with established waste diversion programs to generate renewable energy from organic waste streams or landfill gas.
  • Local Net-Zero Transformation: Funding for innovative projects that have significant GHG reduction benefits and are not eligible under other GMF funding offers.
Deadline: Continuous

CleanTechSpecial Offer- Mitacs Accelerate Program

Department - Organization: Mitacs
Description: Access top-tier research expertise and a pool of skilled workforce to advise you on clean technology for your municipal utilities, such as water and wastewater treatment facilities. Mitacs works to circulate your opportunity throughout their post-secondary networks to find candidates who are the best fit. If a match is successful, they will then complete an internship with the municipality to assist with the project, and Mitacs will contribute $10,000 towards funding the internship, while the municipality will contribute $5,000.
Deadline: February 9th, 2024, or while quantities last.
Contact: accelerate@mitacs.ca. If you are considering this opportunity please also reach out to lmacleod@nsfm.ca, as she has been discussing the possibilities with Mitacs.

Low Carbon Economy Fund - Low Carbon Economy Challenge

Department - Organization: Environment and Natural Resources Canada
Description: The Low Carbon Economy Challenge is part of the Low Carbon Economy Fund. Projects must result in greenhouse gas emissions reductions in 2030 and must align with Canada’s goals for net-zero emissions by 2050.Projects for municipalities could include waste diversion, biomass retrofits (wastewater). Applicants are able to request between $1 million and $25 million in funding for eligible project expenditures, with cost-sharing of 50% of total project costs for municipalities. Self-Screening Tool for understanding project eligibility and competitiveness. To access the tool, please send an email to lcef-fefec@ec.gc.ca.
Deadline: February 8th, 2024.
Contact: lcef-fefec@ec.gc.ca

EcoAction Community Funding Program

Department - Organization: Environment and Climate Change Canada
Description: Municipalities are ineligible, but are encouraged to partner with non-profit and non-governmental groups and organizations to support a project proposal. Funding is available for new projects that engage Canadian communities and demonstrate measurable, positive results related to fresh water. Projects should contribute to improving fresh water quality through actions that reduce harmful substances in fresh water and/or restore and protect freshwater ecosystem health. The maximum EcoAction funding is $100,000 per project; the minimum funding amount request is $25,000 per project. A minimum of 50% of the total project value must come from sources other than the Government of Canada.
Deadline: March 22, 2024.

Innovative Communities Fund

Department - Organization: Atlantic Opportunities Agency (ACOA)
Description: The fund is for economic development projects and initiatives that lead to long-term employment and a stronger local economy. The fund enables communities to: develop thriving industry sectors, strengthen infrastructure in rural areas, invest in projects to help communities overcome economic issues and take advantage of new opportunities.
Example(s): Expansion of municipal services can be eligible if it is linked to economic development in the private sector.
Deadline: Continuous intake

Green Municipal Fund

Department - Organization: Infrastructure Canada/Federation of Canadian Municipalities 
Description: GMF provides local sustainability projects that help municipalities adopt climate solutions faster in five priority sectors: energy, waste, transportation, land use and water. The funding can cover between 50 and 80 percent of the eligible project costs. There are grants to support projects in all stages, planning, studies, pilot projects, and capital projects. You can use their Funding Opportunity Finder Funding Opportunity Finder to search for applicable funding under the GMF.
Example(s): Water: Improve your community’s water systems and increase their efficiency.
Deadline: Continuous
Contact: gmfinfo@fcm.ca

Currently Closed. Next intake TBD:

Provincial Capital Assistance Program (PCAP)

Department - Organization: Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Description: A fund for municipal projects designed to eliminate serious environmental and health problems. The program supports investment in high-priority municipal infrastructure projects. You need to use the funding for municipally owned infrastructure projects like: water supply, sewage disposal, solid waste management. Projects that reduce or eliminate actual and potential environmental and health problems in the municipality are given priority. Priority is also given to projects that include collaborating with multiple municipalities or have beneficial impacts for larger populations
Example(s): Stormwater management study, landfill decommission project
Deadline: Closed June 7th, 2023. Next intake TBD.
Contact: pcap@novascotia.ca

Municipal Capital Growth Program

Department - Organization: Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Description: The program supports investment in municipal infrastructure projects. Municipalities and villages can apply for funding from the Municipal Capital Growth Program to help reduce the cost of infrastructure projects that support the province’s growing population.
>Example(s): Water and Wastewater: This includes construction, expansion and/or renewal of: Facilities for the treatment and disposal of sanitary sewage. Sanitary sewage collection systems. Water intake, treatment, pumping and storage facilities. Water transmission and distribution systems. Storm sewer separation. Infrastructure which reduces/eliminates combined sewer overflows.
Deadline: Closed December 13th, 2023
Contact: MCGP@novascotia.ca

Sustainable Development Goals Program

Department - Organization: Employment and Social Development Canada 
Description: In September 2015, Canada and 192 other UN member states adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 2030 Agenda is a 15-year global framework centred on an ambitious set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This includes areas applicable to municipalities, such as sustainable cities and communities, decent work and economic growth, clean water and sanitation,.
There are two streams to the funding program, 1) Grants, 2) Contributions.
 The Grants stream of this Call for Proposals will fund projects that increase public awareness, share best practices or lessons learned that support and enhance Canada’s progress on the 2030 Agenda, particularly within equity-deserving groups and groups or individuals in vulnerable situations. Up to $200,000 for a project that is up to 24 months (maximum $100,000 per fiscal year). 
The Contributions stream of this Call for Proposals will fund projects that aim to localize SDGs in communities. Funded projects will adapt, employ, and monitor progress of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the local level and will measure and report on the SDGs.  Up to $900,000 for a project that is up to 36 months (maximum $300,000 per fiscal year)
Example: London Environmental Institute- This project educates businesses about their impact on the SDGs. It guides them on energy, waste and water usage, and helps them set targets. It includes educational events and forums on SDGs linking to business sustainability. It invites business leaders and employees across Southwestern Ontario to learn from experts.
Deadline:  Closed January 12, 2024.

 

If you can't find a grant that suits your needs, please reach out. Similarly, if you are applying to any of the listed opportunities, I am readily available to provide assistance throughout the application process.

Lucy MacLeod

Lucy MacLeod,
Fund Navigator
lmacleod@nsfm.ca