FCM's Green Municipal Fund (GMF) finances municipal plans that support sustainable community development. GMF-supported plans aim to improve air, water, and soil, and mitigate the impacts of climate change.
Through GMF, FCM supports the vital work of community leaders, helping them move from innovative vision to practical reality.
FCM renews its GMF funding offer on April 1, 2015.
In 2015—2016, we aim to approve $5 million in grants for plans, feasibility studies and pilot projects combined. We offer grants, which cover up to 50 per cent of eligible costs, to a maximum of $175,000 for eligible planning initiatives.
GMF is a self-sustaining endowment fund. These annual funding limits help us to prudently manage the funding available for green projects.
We fund sustainable neighbourhood action plans, community brownfield action plans and greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction plans. Municipal sustainable community plans or strategies are prerequisites for all types of GMF applications. See examples.
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.
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 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 a sustainable neighbourhood action planning processes.
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.
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.
Combined actions planned to achieve milestones 1, 2 and 3 of the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program can be considered 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.
Apply for funding
A new application form and updated application resources will be available on April 1, 2015, when FCM launches its new GMF funding offer. We will continue to accept applications under the current offer until March 31, 2015.