To best manage the high demand for GMF funding, the high quality of applications we receive, and the limited funding available, we have updated the eligibility criteria for plans, feasibility studies, pilot projects and capital projects.
FCM is also introducing an updated competitive funding approval process for capital projects in the energy, transportation, waste and waters sectors. Applicants in these sectors must undergo an Initial Review to assess eligibility before they may submit a complete application form. Brownfield sector applicants are exempt from this requirement.
The Initial Review form and updated applicant resources are now available. Find out more about the new eligibility criteria and prerequisites to apply for funding under the new offer. For more information on applying, please contact us.
Who is eligible?
GMF funding is available to all municipal governments and their partners* in eligible projects.
*For plans, only municipal governments and municipally owned corporations working in partnership with a municipal government are eligible for funding.
Municipal government applicants include these entities:
- rural municipality
- improvement district (if legal documents demonstrating it is this type of municipal government entity are provided to FCM)
- local board of a city, county, region, rural municipality, town, township or village (if legal documents demonstrating it is this type of municipal government entity are provided to FCM)
- regulatory authority in an unorganized area or unsurveyed territory that exercises power with respect to municipal affairs or purposes in the area or territory, e.g. governmental, administrative or regulatory entity, department, authority, local services board, commission, tribunal official or agency (if legal documents demonstrating it is this type of municipal government entity are provided to FCM)
- First Nations (if documents, including a copy of the relevant statute and agreement with the various orders of government, that demonstrate that the province or territory has passed an act or a regulation that affords the status of municipality, and that the First Nations are a legal entity capable of entering into contracts is provided to FCM)
- municipally owned organizations
- non-municipally owned organizations
- private-sector companies
- not-for-profit companies
- non-governmental organizations
- any other types of organizations not listed above
There must be a collaborative relationship between your organization and the municipal government regarding the environmental initiative and the municipal government must at least have a genuine interest and an active involvement in the environmental initiative to successfully obtain GMF funding.
To be eligible for funding, a municipally owned corporation or a private-sector partner must provide official documentation to demonstrate that a municipal government is championing the project.
We fund the very best examples of leadership and innovative approaches in municipal sustainable development. GMF funding is available for:
- plans, including sustainable neighbourhood action plans, community brownfield action plans and greenhouse gas reduction plans
- feasibility studies and pilot projects aligned with our capital project criteria in the brownfields, energy, transportation, waste and water sectors
- capital projects in the brownfields, energy, transportation, waste and water sectors
Through GMF, FCM aims to support capital projects that demonstrate a new solution or approach to a municipal environmental issue — one that will generate new lessons for future application by municipalities of a certain region or type, or for the Canadian municipal sector as a whole. These projects should offer significant environmental benefits, a strong business case and social advantages, and should be complemented by local policies and measurement systems.
We offer grants to cover up to 50 per cent of eligible costs for plans, feasibility studies and pilot projects — to a maximum of $175,000 for plans and feasibility studies, and a maximum of $350,000 for pilot projects.
We offer low-interest loans, usually in combination with grants, to cover up to 80 per cent of eligible costs for capital projects. The loan maximum is $5 million*, and the grant amount is set at 15 per cent of the loan, to a maximum of $750,000.
* Applicants with high-ranking projects may be eligible for a loan of up to $10 million combined with a grant for 15 per cent of the loan amount, to a maximum of $1.5 million.
Grants are available to both municipal governments and their partners in municipal projects.
Brownfields: Grants are not available for capital projects in the brownfields sector. There is no specified loan limit for capital projects in the brownfields sector, but FCM reserves the right to adjust the maximum loan limit per project.
Apply for Funding
The Initial Review form and updated applicant resources are now available.