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Green Municipal Fund

Water quality and conservation funding

We provide funding for feasibility studies, pilot projects and capital projects related to initiatives that improve water quality and promote water conservation.

On this page, learn about the types of water initiatives that are eligible for funding through FCM's Green Municipal Fund (GMF), who can apply, funding available, deadlines and how to apply.

GMF funding has changed

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

Types of eligible initiatives

The following types of water feasibility studies, pilot projects and capital projects are eligible for funding under GMF.

Water conservation: Feasibility studies, pilot projects and capital projects

Community: Your project must demonstrate the potential to reduce potable water use by residents of a neighbourhood or community by at least 20 per cent.

Corporate: Your project must demonstrate the potential to reduce a municipal building's potable water consumption by 40 per cent.

Your project must target end-use water consumption. We do not fund purchasing, installing, replacing or repairing water mains as a stand-alone initiative.

Examples of eligible conservation initiatives:

  • grey water systems
  • rainwater collection
  • fixture replacement programs

Stormwater quality: Feasibility studies, pilot projects and capital projects

Stormwater quality projects must aim to remove contaminants such as total suspended solids (TSS) from runoff leaving a site. 

Municipal facilities

Your project to improve stormwater quality must aim to remove 80 per cent of TSS from runoff leaving a site.

Community projects

For neighbourhood stormwater management projects, which may involve multiple properties or sites, your project must aim to remove 60 per cent of TSS from runoff leaving a site.

Example:

  • a low-impact development project that captures and treats stormwater runoff through permeable pavement and bio-retention planters

Wastewater systems: Feasibility studies, pilot projects and capital projects

New or retrofit wastewater projects are eligible if they demonstrate a new solution or approach to wastewater systems within a region, type of municipality, province or territory. These projects must offer knowledge value for other municipalities and must meet provincial regulatory requirements.
 
Examples:

  • constructing a wastewater treatment facility, designed using a new approach
  • retrofitting an existing facility to upgrade treatment processes
  • equipping an existing facility with alternative systems, such as an engineered wetland

Septic systems: Feasibility studies, pilot projects and capital projects

Your project must demonstrate the potential to capture and treat all wastewater to at least secondary standards (or equivalent) for a target area. Projects defined as business-as-usual, such as simple tank replacement within the same system, are not eligible.

Examples:

  • replacing septic tanks with a more advanced septic treatment system
  • constructing a decentralized wastewater treatment unit to service a group of septic systems

Stormwater management:  Feasibility studies, pilot projects and capital projects

Municipal facilities Your project to improve stormwater quality must aim to remove 80 per cent of TSS from runoff leaving a site.

Community projects For neighbourhood stormwater management projects, which may involve multiple properties or sites, your project must aim to remove 60 per cent of TSS from runoff leaving a site.

Example:

  • a low-impact development project that captures and treats stormwater runoff through permeable pavement and bio-retention planters

Changes to stormwater management feasibility studies funding

Funding for stormwater management feasibility studies about volume of runoff is now offered through FCM's 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

Feasibility studies

  • Grants: Up to 50 per cent of eligible costs to a maximum of $175,000.

Pilot projects

  • Grants: Up to 50 per cent of eligible costs to a maximum of $350,000.

Capital projects

  • We offer low-interest loans, with competitive lending rates, usually in combination with grants.
  • Funding is provided for up to 80 per cent of eligible project costs.
  • The loan maximum is $5 million, and the grant amount is 15 per cent of the loan.

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.


Learn more about financing for capital projects.

Application deadlines

Feasibility studies and pilot projects

  • Applications are accepted all year round.

Capital projects

  • Capital projects for water are subject to deadlines. Learn more

Prerequisites

You will need to meet key prerequisites before you apply.

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 and deadlines.

Questions?

See our FAQs, or contact an FCM advisor at 613-907-6208 or 1-877-997-9926.

Page Updated: 20/03/2017