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2018 FCM Municipal Grant Recipients Announced

2018 FCM Municipal Grant Recipients Announced

On November 20th, 2018, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) announced that 107 initiatives will be receiving funding through three programs: Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP), the Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP), and the Green Municipal Fund (GMF). The funding approved totals $4.5 million and will be distributed across eight provinces.

The Green Municipal Fund (GMF) is one of four types of municipal environmental funding initiatives run by FCM and is designed to provide both financial and knowledge support services to support sustainable development in Canadian municipalities. The GMF champions projects that increase the capacity of municipalities to improve air, water, and soil quality, as well as reduce GHG emissions. Using the information and case studies proposed, FCM has been able to piece together best practice models for other municipalities to consult when trying to improve drinking water, waste management, and energy efficiency.

Learn more about the projects funded using the GMF Approved Projects Database https://fcm.ca/home/programs/green-municipal-fund/funded-initiatives.htm

The Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP) is a five-year, $50-million program designed to help Canadian municipalities make informed infrastructure investment decisions based on sound asset management practices. Up to 80 percent of total eligible projects can be funded by FCM to a maximum of $50,000. Municipalities can apply for funding for eligible activities such as:

·         Assessing the physical condition of assets

·         Documenting the long-term maintenance of lifecycle costs

·         Implementing policies to integrate asset management practices into daily routines

·         Purchasing asset management software solutions

·         Training elected officials and staff on asset management

FCM's Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP) is a 5-year, $75 million program to assist municipalities in preparing for and responding to climate change and to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Through the MCIP, municipalities across Canada can access workshops, training programs, and resources to build their capacity to respond to climate change, as well as access grant funding to develop plans and studies to reduce GHG emissions and fund municipal projects, such as the purchase of hybrid vehicles and solar thermal water heater programs for homes or institutional buildings.

GMF, MAMP, AND MCIP RECIPIENTS

The majority of funding announced was rolled out through the MAMP stream ($2,923,299), followed by the MCIP stream ($826,300), and then the GMF stream ($790,500). However, the majority of municipalities are using MAMP funding to either develop their asset management programs (i.e. through policies, strategies, gap analysis’, etc.) or an asset management plan. Some municipalities have also been using the funding to conduct assessments or to collect data.

The MCIP and GMF funding have been mostly used for Feasibility Studies and Adaptation Plans, focusing on both waste management (wastewater and solid waste) and renewable energy programs.

It is unsurprising that the majority of asset management plans are being developed in New Brunswick, given new legislation that requires all municipalities to have a plan in place for 2018. This trend has continued from last year where New Brunswick also had the majority of asset management plans funded through FCM. 

  

Below is a breakdown of the types of projects funded in each province:

Municipalities from eight provinces received funding from at least one of the streams, with Quebec receiving the most funding ($1,246,900), followed by Ontario ($1,029,783), and then New Brunswick ($970,184). 

Looking at the number of projects in comparison to the amount of funding received, it can be concluded that more New Brunswick municipalities received funding in this intake than any other province, followed by Ontario, and Saskatchewan

The average amount of funding received for a project within each province varied significantly, with Quebec receiving the highest average funding per project ($83,127), followed by Alberta ($49,314). On average, municipalities in Saskatchewan received the lowest amount of funding per project ($27,272).

APPLY FOR RELEVANT GRANT FUNDING FOR YOUR COMMUNITY

To date, PSD has helped secure over 60 MAMP grants awarded to Canadian municipalities. As industry experts in asset management, combined with our experience in policy analysis and grant application completion, PSD is able to provide municipalities with strategic support in identifying provincial and federal funding opportunities and completing application requirements. We invite your municipality to contact us to discuss your funding needs. Learn more here about our grant application services. For the latest information on available grant opportunities for your municipality check out our upcoming grant webinar on December 4, 2018. 

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