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Green Municipal Fund

Sustainable neighbourhood and brownfields plans funding

FCM's Green Municipal Fund (GMF) provides funding for plans that support the development of sustainable green projects.

On this page, learn about the types of plans that are eligible for funding, who can apply, funding available, deadlines and how to apply.

GMF funding has changed

See details about changes to plans funding below.
Learn about new climate change and asset management funding.
Contact an FCM advisor for more information.

Types of eligible initiatives

Sustainable neighbourhood action plans

A sustainable neighbourhood action plan builds on an existing municipal sustainable community plan or strategy, such as an integrated community sustainability plan (ICSP), Local Agenda 21 plan or official municipal plan that includes sustainability goals.

To be eligible for GMF funding, a sustainable neighbourhood action plan must include the following elements:

  • A vision, and environmental, social and economic goals and targets. These elements may be drawn from the existing municipal sustainable community plan.
  • Actions to achieve the goals and targets in all areas of municipal activity, including:

    • energy, waste and water management
    • sustainable transportation
    • land use
    • brownfield remediation (if applicable)

The actions must identify specific tasks, with details on who will accomplish them, a timeline for implementation, and estimated costs.

A sustainable neighbourhood action plan may target a specific area within municipal borders or apply to an entire municipality.

Smart Growth and SuNLiving are examples of sustainable neighbourhood action planning.

See some examples of sustainable neighbourhood action plans.

Community brownfield action plans

A community brownfield action plan identifies priority redevelopment zones and opportunities including a framework of incentive programs and municipal actions. This type of plan promotes the remediation, rehabilitation and adaptive reuse, and overall improvement of underused properties in a community (such as community brownfield strategies, community improvement plans or revitalization plans).

To be eligible for GMF funding, a community brownfield action plan must include the following elements:

  • A vision and environmental, social and economic goals and targets. These elements may be drawn from the existing municipal sustainable community plan or strategy.
  • Actions to achieve the brownfield remediation goals and targets.
  • Anticipated impacts of remediation on sustainable development.

The actions must identify specific tasks and who will accomplish them, a timeline for implementation, and estimated costs.

See some examples of community brownfield action plans.

Changes to funding for greenhouse gas reduction plans

Grants for greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction plans are now available through FCM's new Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program.

Who can apply

  • All Canadian municipal governments.
  • Municipally owned corporations working in partnership with a municipal government.

Learn more about eligibility.

Funding available

Grants of up to 50 per cent of eligible costs to a maximum of $175,000. 

Application deadlines

Applications are accepted all year round.

How to apply

See the Application Resources page to find the application forms and other resources you need to apply. 

Learn more about GMF's application and approval processes.

Questions?

See our FAQs, or contact an FCM advisor at 1-877-997-9926 or by email for more information.

Page Updated: 15/03/2017