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Green Municipal Fund

Studies

What is a feasibility study?

A feasibility study is an assessment of the technical and financial feasibility, as well as the environmental, social, and economic impacts of a potential municipal environmental project. A municipal environmental project is a project that responds to a municipal need and contributes to cleaner air, water, or soil, or reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

A feasibility study typically includes an assessment of the requirements and outcomes of a specific project using verifiable evaluation processes, leading to a recommended course of action.

For initiatives in the brownfields sector, Phase 2 Environmental Site Assessments (ESA) and site-specific remedial action plans/risk management plans are considered feasibility studies.

What is a field test?

A field test is an evaluation of the small-scale installation of a potential municipal environmental project under the conditions in which it will operate. A municipal environmental project is a project that responds to a municipal need and contributes to cleaner air, water, or soil, or reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

A field test evaluates the technical and financial feasibility, as well as the environmental, social, and economic impacts of a new system or technology, using verifiable evaluation processes, to determine the implications of full-scale implementation. The field test is not a demonstration project and the field test equipment and technology should (generally) be reversible.

How much funding is available?

FCM offers grants, which cover up to 50% of eligible costs to a maximum of $175,000, for feasibility studies and field tests.

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 feasibility studies and field tests?

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 feasibility studies and field tests are eligible?

Feasibility studies and field tests must align with our criteria for eligible capital projects in one of the following sectors:

Baseline data collection is not eligible (e.g. energy audits, waste audits).

Who is eligible?

GMF funding for studies and tests is available to all municipal governments and their partners. For more information, see Eligibility.

How are studies selected for funding?

See our funding approval process.

What prerequisites are required?

You will be required to meet key prerequisites for a feasibility study or field test and attach supporting documents in your application form before you submit it.

Questions?

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

Page Updated: 07/05/2014