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Application and approval processes and deadlines

Capital projects: Energy, transportation, water and waste

We have introduced some changes to the application process and deadlines for capital projects for energy, transportation, waste and water initiatives.

Applicants now need to submit an Initial Review Form to ensure the project is eligible for funding. Only those who meet the eligibility criteria will receive an application and invitation to apply for funding. In addition, there are new deadlines for submitting the Initial Review Form and the application:

Fall 2016

  • Initial Review Form — August 1, 2016
  • Application (by invitation) — September 15, 2016 

Before you submit the Initial Review Form, we also recommend that you contact a GMF advisor to ensure that your project is eligible and to assist you with project planning.

These changes only apply to capital projects for energy, transportation, waste and water initiatives. We continue to accept applications year-round for brownfields capital projects as well as plans, studies and pilot projects. 

Application and approval process

Applications for capital projects in the energy, transportation, waste and water sectors are reviewed in a competitive process that includes these steps.

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Self-screening: Applicants should contact a GMF Advisor to begin the process, then complete a Project Scorecard to assess the potential score of their application. This step is optional but strongly encouraged.

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Pre-evaluation: Applicants must submit an Initial Review Form, which GMF staff will use to assess eligibility. Once eligibility is confirmed, staff will provide a complete application form for applicants to fill out and submit.

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Application preparation: GMF staff are available to work with applicants to prepare a strong application and gather any missing information prior to the application submission. Once the application is formally submitted to GMF, no changes are permitted.

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Independent peer review: Peer reviewers score applications using the Project Scorecard.

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Funding recommendation: Twice per year, in February and September, GMF Council reviews and compares applications that have been peer reviewed and have undergone an initial credit assessment. Council considers a number of factors, including:

  • peer review score
  • GMF funding priorities, as outlined in FCM's Funding Agreement with the Government of Canada (e.g. regional balance, innovation, and a minimum 15 per cent funding allocation to non-municipal applicants)
  • available funding

GMF Council recommends funding applications to FCM's Executive Committee. 

six Approval and notification: FCM's Executive Committee approves funding applications based on GMF Council recommendations, conditional on satisfactory due diligence conducted by FCM and on contract signature. GMF staff notify successful applicants of the outcome and required next steps.

 

Plans, feasibility studies and pilot projects

Application and approval process

Applications for eligible plans, feasibility studies, pilot projects, and capital projects in the brownfields sector are reviewed in a non-competitive process that includes these steps:

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Self-screening and pre-evaluation: Consult our application resources to assess your initiative's eligibility for funding, and review the evaluation criteria described in the relevant application form. Contact a GMF Advisor to discuss your initiative before submitting an application form. This step is optional but strongly encouraged.

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Application review: GMF staff review submitted applications and work to gather any missing information within established timelines.

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Independent peer review: Peer reviewers score applications against established criteria for plans, feasibility studies and pilot projects, and for brownfield capital projects. Evaluation criteria are described in the application forms.

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Recommendation: GMF Council reviews peer-reviewed applications throughout the year and makes funding recommendations to FCM's Executive Committee. Applications are not compared against other applications.

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Approval and notification: FCM's Executive Committee approves funding applications based on GMF Council recommendations, conditional on contract signature. GMF staff notify successful applicants of their approved funding amount.

Only the best projects will be approved for funding. We reserve the right to partially fund projects.

Peer review

Each application for funding is assessed by two or three independent third-party reviewers in specific environmental fields.

Reviewers for each application are selected from a group of 60 independent experts based on their area of expertise. The number of peer reviewers who will review your application depends on the amount and type of funding you are requesting.

One-third of peer reviewers are from federal departments and organizations, one-third are from municipal governments, and one-third are from private sector or non-governmental organizations.

Page Updated: 12/07/2016