Low Carbon Economy Challenge - Low Carbon Economy Fund

Please Note: The Low Carbon Economy Challenge is only accepting applications for the Partnership Stream.

The Low Carbon Economy Challenge is a Canadian government funding program designed to support projects that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Provided through Canada’s Low Carbon Economy Fund (LCEF), the program challenges applicants to implement specific activities or technologies that have previously demonstrated effectiveness in reducing GHG emissions. There are two streams of funding provided through the Low Carbon Economy Challenge, including a Champions stream and a Partnerships stream.

Low Carbon Economy Challenge: Champions Stream

  • Amount: Up to 25% of eligible expenses (businesses) or up to 40% of eligible expenses (non-profits and regional/municipal governments) to a maximum $50 million per project. Applicants must have a minimum funding ask of $1 million.
  • Eligibility: For-profit businesses, provinces and territories, regional and municipal governments, Indigenous communities and organizations, public sector organizations, and non-profits.
  • Project Focus: GHG mitigation projects including: Building energy efficiency and fuel switching, industrial projects, forestry, agriculture, waste, transportation, low-emissions fuel production, electricity and/or energy production.
  • Timeline: Closed. No longer accepting applications.

Low Carbon Economy Challenge: Partnerships Stream Second Intake

  • Amount: Up to 25%, with a minimum of $20,000 to a maximum $250,000 in funding.
  • Eligibility: For-profit, established Canadian small and medium-sized businesses with fewer than 1-499 employees.
  • Project Focus: GHG mitigation projects including: Building energy efficiency and fuel switching, industrial projects, forestry, agriculture, waste, transportation, low-emissions fuel production, electricity and/or energy production.
  • Timeline: Application deadline is November 15, 2019.

Top Low Carbon Economy Challenge Resources

Low Carbon Economy Challenge Overview Blog: This is an overview of the Low Carbon Economy Challenge, including information regarding the program’s focus, eligibility requirements, and how to apply.

Canadian Government Funding for Small Business