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Green Municipal Fund

Plans

How much funding is available per plan?

We offer grants, which cover up to 50% of eligible costs to a maximum of $175,000, to undertake eligible plans.

If your application is approved, costs become eligible for partial reimbursement on the date we receive your application. However, costs you incurred up to 90 days before you submitted your application to complete the application form (consultant costs) are also eligible for partial reimbursement.

What is the total funding available for plans?

In 2014–2015, we are aiming to approve $6 million in grants for plans, feasibility studies and field tests combined.

The Green Municipal Fund is a perpetual endowment fund. These annual funding limits help us to prudently manage the funding available for green projects.

What types of plans are eligible?

We fund sustainable neighbourhood action plans, community brownfield action plans and greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction plans.

As of December 1, 2011, we no longer fund other types of municipal plans. Municipal sustainable community plans or strategies remain a prerequisite for all types of GMF applications.

Sustainable neighbourhood action plans

A sustainable neighbourhood action plan builds upon 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 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 and 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 a sustainable neighbourhood action planning processes.

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 to promote 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 may be drawn from the existing municipal sustainable community plan or strategy.
  • Actions to achieve the goals and targets in brownfield remediation.
  • 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.

GHG reduction plans

A GHG reduction plan establishes a baseline through a GHG emissions inventory*, sets emission reduction targets, and outlines actions to reduce GHG emissions for municipal operations and the community in all areas of municipal activity, including energy use, transportation planning, land use, waste and water management. Actions outlined in the GHG reduction plan include specific tasks and who will accomplish them, a timeline for implementation, and estimated costs.

The combination of milestones 1, 2 and 3 of the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program are an example of a GHG reduction plan. This plan is also referred to as a climate change action plan or a local action plan and must contain certain mandatory elements required by the PCP program.

*Costs to complete the GHG emissions inventory are eligible for reimbursement by GMF only if the inventory is completed by a PCP member municipality as Milestone 1 of the PCP program.

See some examples of GHG reduction plans.

Who is eligible?

GMF funding for plans is available to all municipal governments and municipally owned corporations working in partnership with a municipal government. For more information, see Eligibility.

How are plans selected for funding?

See our funding approval process.

What prerequisites are required?

You will be required to meet key prerequisites for a plan and attach supporting documents in your application form before you submit it. For example, municipal sustainable community plans or strategies are a prerequisite for all GMF applications.

Questions?

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

Page Updated: 07/05/2014