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Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program

Community initiatives: Climate adaptation studies funding

We provide grants for community climate change adaptation studies that have the potential to reduce vulnerability of new or existing infrastructure to climate change impacts so that municipalities can continue to deliver and maintain levels of service. These projects are dependent on voluntary changes in community behaviour and can be led by community groups, other municipal partners or by the municipality.

We fund two types of studies:

  • Feasibility studies
  • Operational studies

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 forms and supporting documents.  

Eligible initiatives

Feasibility studies

A feasibility study assesses the technical and financial feasibility of a specific project to reduce the vulnerability of a community to climate change impacts or events. It uses a verifiable evaluation process that leads to a recommended course of action.

Your study should be designed based on the following guidelines:

  • Maximizes the available local opportunities to reduce vulnerability to climate change impacts.
  • Promotes new financial options to reduce risk to climate change impacts.
  • Develops methods and actions that complement other municipal initiatives.  

These studies can focus on improving adaptation to one or more of the following climate change-related risks:

  • Rising temperatures and heat waves.
  • Overland flooding and stormwater management.
  • Extreme precipitation (rain or snow).
  • Drought and water scarcity.
  • Seawater surges and coastal erosion.
  • Extreme wind loads, tornadoes, hail and windstorms.

Examples of eligible feasibility studies

  • Preventing sewer back-up by installing back-flow valves in a neighbourhood prone to basement flooding.
  • Creating more permeable surfaces such as residential rain gardens in a neighbourhood prone to flooding.
  • Distributing rain barrels to residents.
  • Other projects will also be considered.

Operational studies

An operational study assesses the actual or potential benefit of a municipal operational change or enables research to support such a change. Only municipal governments can apply for this type of study.

Examples of eligible operational studies

  • Conducting research to implement a property-assessed payment system for residential stormwater retrofits.
  • Assessing the impact of a residential water conservation program.
  • Conducting research on how best to implement a downspout disconnection program.
  • Other projects will also be considered.

Don't see your study 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 to discuss your project and find out if it is eligible for funding.

Who can apply

Feasibility studies

  • Municipal governments.
  • 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.

Operational studies

Only municipal governments can apply for operational studies.

Funding available

  • Grants of up to $175,000
  • Funding for up 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 it 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.

Note: Quebec municipalities must follow this process to apply for funding from FCM's Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program. 

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.


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: 15/06/2017