The Green Municipal Fund (GMF) is a Canadian government funding program that provides financial support to municipalities demonstrating an innovative solution or approach to environmental issues. As administered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, it supports all stages of environmental projects, including planning, conducting feasibility studies, leading pilot projects, and investing in capital projects.
Community Efficiency Financing (CEF)
- Amount: Grants of up to $175,000 to cover up to 80% of eligible costs for all three study streams.
- Timeline: Application Deadline is October 30, 2020. Continuous Intake on standing funding offer.
- Eligibility: Consistent with existing GMF programs, CEF supports the following entities as eligible recipients of funding: municipal governments, and municipal partners applying in partnership with a municipal government such as: private sector entities, Indigenous communities, municipally owned corporations, a regional, provincial or territorial organization delivering municipal services, non-governmental organizations, not-for-profit organizations, research institutions (e.g. universities).
- Project Focus: To deliver energy efficient financing programs for low-rise residential properties.
Sustainable Affordable Housing (SAH)
GMF offers support throughout the life cycle of an affordable housing construction project through five funding options: Planning, Studies, Pilot projects, Retrofit capital projects, and New-build capital projects.
- Amount: Planning: Grants of up to $25,000 to cover up to 80% of your eligible costs. Studies: Grants of up to $175,000 to cover up to 50% of your eligible costs. Pilot Projects: Grants of up to $500,000 to cover up to 80% of your eligible costs. Retrofit Capital Projects: 80% of total eligible project costs of up to a maximum combined financing of $10 million; Grants are available for 25–50% of total financing. New-Build Capital Projects: 50% grant and 50% loan of up to a maximum combined financing of $10 million.
- Timeline: Continuous Intake
- Eligibility: The following organizations are eligible for SAH funding: Canadian municipal governments (e.g., towns, cities,
regions, districts, and local boards thereof), Municipally owned corporations, such as municipal housing
service providers; or Non-profit, mission-driven affordable housing providers, including co-operatives.
- Project Focus: Support local affordable housing providers to retrofit existing affordable housing units, or construct energy efficient new builds that emit lower GHG emissions.
Top Green Municipal Fund Resources:
- Green Municipal Fund Program Overview: Learn more about the Green Municipal Fund, including its purpose, funding contributions, business and project eligibility, and how to apply.
- GMF Capital Projects – Application Deadline: Applying to the Green Municipal Fund with a Capital Project? Learn what you need to know to develop and submit an application during the current intake period.
Updated: September 2, 2020.