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Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program

Solid waste: Climate mitigation studies funding

We provide grants for climate change mitigation studies that assess the feasibility of solid waste projects that could lead to greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions from anaerobic treatment and management of solid waste or landfill gas capture.

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 and requirements, who can apply, available funding, eligible and ineligible costs, deadlines, as well as the application form and supporting documents.

Eligible initiatives

Feasibility studies

A feasibility study assesses the technical and financial feasibility of a specific project to reduce or avoid GHG emissions. It uses a verifiable evaluation process that leads to a recommended course of action.

Examples of eligible feasibility studies

  • Retrofit or new construction of an anaerobic treatment plant that processes municipal solid waste to generate renewable energy from biogas.
  • Landfill gas capture processes to collect, process and treat methane gas from landfill sites to produce energy. 

If the intent of your study is primarily to increase the diversion of municipal solid waste from landfills, we recommend that you apply for funding for these types of waste studies through FCM's Green Municipal Fund.


Your feasibility study should be designed to reach the following GHG emissions targets:

For anaerobic treatment or biodigestion (new or retrofit)

The target is capturing 50 per cent reduction in GHG emissions from the site. GHG emission reductions are calculated from a baseline scenario of landfill gas that is released in the atmosphere without being destroyed or combusted.

For landfill gas capture (new or retrofit)

The target is capturing 60 per cent of all emissions from the site. GHG emission reductions are calculated from a baseline scenario of landfill gas that is released in the atmosphere without being destroyed or combusted.

If your feasibility study is not designed to reach one of the targets above, it may still be eligible for funding. Please contact an FCM advisor to discuss the funding opportunities available for your study.

Operational studies

An operational study 1) assesses the actual or potential benefit of changing the way a municipal service, such as building operations, is delivered and managed or 2) enables research to support such a change.

Examples of eligible operational studies

  • Optimization of an anaerobic treatment plant.
  • Strategies to increase public acceptance of anaerobic waste treatment facilities.
  • Research to design a program or policy change that enables GHG emission reductions in solid waste management.


There is no target for operational studies.

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

Do you have another type of project with the potential to reduce GHG emissions in your municipality? 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:

    • A First Nation that has 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.

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 work with you to prepare a successful application and 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 project scorecard to review the evaluation criteria 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 studies and climate change adaptation studies

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 offered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Government of Canada.
Page Updated: 10/03/2017