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Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program

Climate change adaptation plans funding

We provide grants to municipalities to assess the vulnerability of infrastructure and assets to climate change events and impacts, as well as develop plans to adapt to climate change and extreme weather-related events.

On this page, find information about the types of initiatives that are eligible for funding, who can apply, available funding, eligible and ineligible costs, deadlines, as well as the application form and supporting documents.  

Eligible initiatives

We provide funding for:

  • Climate change risk and vulnerability assessments
  • Climate change risk response plans

We will also fund a combination of climate change risk and vulnerability assessments and climate change risk response plans.


The plans should outline:

  • Specific tasks and who will accomplish them
  • A timeline for implementation
  • Estimated costs

Climate change risk and vulnerability assessments

These assessments help municipalities identify risks and understand their vulnerability to local climate change impacts and identify priority areas for action. Actions identified in the plan may relate to an asset, a group of assets, a neighbourhood or to the entire municipality.

These assessments can:

  • Evaluate the vulnerability of an asset (e.g. a building), a group of assets (e.g. stormwater infrastructure) or communities (e.g. a neighbourhood) to climate change risks.
  • Focus on multiple scales, including an asset or group of assets (e.g. a water treatment plant), a neighbourhood, an ecosystem (e.g. a watershed), a community (e.g. a town) or a region.
  • Be broad in scope and respond to multiple risks or be specific to a particular risk such as flood management plans.  

Examples of eligible assessments

  • Evaluating potential impacts of flooding on a municipality's assets.
  • Evaluating the vulnerability of natural assets (e.g. forest, aquifers, wetlands) to climate change impacts and proposing strategies to reduce their vulnerability.
  • Creating a storm water management plan for a region, neighbourhood, or site. 

Climate change risk response plans

These plans aim to:

  • Reduce the impact of identified climate change risks (e.g. flooding, water scarcity, extreme temperatures) over time on a neighbourhood, city or regional scale.
  • Manage the delivery of services during a climate-related disaster (e.g. flooding, wildfires, ice storm) on a neighbourhood, city or regional scale.

Specifically, these plans can:

  • Identify climate trends and projections for a community or region.
  • Identify potential climate change impacts and points of vulnerability for a community, an asset or a group of assets.
  • Identify options for adaptation by looking at infrastructure, policies, plans and process changes.
  • Engage local community or stakeholders in understanding the risks and acceptable levels of service for assets.
  • Respond to a priority climate risk identified in a risk assessment plan or equivalent.
  • Improve the performance, recovery or delivery of a municipal infrastructure-related service in the case of a climate related extreme event.

Examples of eligible plans

  • Creating emergency preparedness plans in response to potential climate change impacts.
  • Creating flood preparedness plans.
  • Creating community wildfire protection plans.
  • Proposing strategies to improve community resilience to climate change risks while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Don't see your plan listed here? Contact us!

Do you have another type of project that could help your municipality adapt to climate change events and impacts? We will consider a range of projects and approaches that accomplish this goal. Contact an FCM advisor today to discuss your project and find out if it is eligible for funding.

Who can apply

  • Municipal governments (except applicants from Quebec*)
  • Municipal partners working in partnership with a municipal government**, which include:

    • Certain indigenous communities that have a shared service agreement with a municipal government related to infrastructure, climate change mitigation or climate change adaptation.
    • Regional, provincial or territorial organizations delivering municipal services.
    • Not-for-profit organizations.

Note: Private sector entities are not eligible as municipal partners.

Funding available

  • Grants of up to $175,000
  • Funding for to 80 per cent of eligible costs

Application deadline

Applications are accepted year-round. The last date to submit an application is January 31, 2020.

Note: All eligible expenses must be incurred, and all reporting, including request for disbursements, must be submitted to FCM by February 28, 2021.

Contact us before you apply

We encourage all applicants to contact an FCM advisor to ensure that your project is eligible for funding. Our advisors can answer questions regarding eligibility, funding or the application process.

  • Email us
  • Call us toll-free: 1-877-997-9926
  • In the Ottawa-Gatineau region: 613-907-6208

How to apply

  1. Review eligible and ineligible costs
    Learn about the eligible and ineligible costs that can be included in the budget of your application. 

    Note: Costs associated with preparing an application for this grant are not eligible for reimbursement.
  2. Review the project scorecard with evaluation criteria for self-assessment
    We recommend that you download the appropriate project scorecard for this grant and refer to them as you fill out your application. This will help strengthen your responses to each question.
  3. Complete the budget and workplan template
    Review and complete the budget and workplan template to include in your application. You will be directed to upload this Excel document as you complete the application form.
  4. Complete the application form
    Download the application form for this grant: Climate change mitigation plans and climate change adaptation plans.

Review the system requirements and instructions for using FCM's application forms, including details on how to submit your application.

Application review timeline and approval process

Learn more about the application review process, including timelines for approvals and funding decisions.

* Quebec municipalities are currently not permitted to receive funding from FCM's Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP).

FCM is working with the province of Quebec's Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l'Occupation du territoire (MAMOT) to find a solution that will provide Quebec municipalities access to MCIP funding as soon as possible.

** Not-for-profit, non-governmental organizations and indigenous communities in Quebec can still access funding from the two programs if they meet the necessary eligibility criteria.

Please contact an FCM advisor should you have additional questions about FCM or to learn if your project would be eligible for funding through other FCM programs such as the Green Municipal Fund.

Should you have further questions about MAMOT's decision and programs available to Quebec municipalities please contact MAMOT.

The Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program is a new five-year, $75-million program designed to encourage Canadian municipalities to better prepare for and adapt to the new realities of climate change as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The program is delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Government of Canada.
Page Updated: 04/10/2017