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Update to Municipal GHG Challenge Fund Deadline and Eligibility

Update to Municipal GHG Challenge Fund Deadline and Eligibility

Applications for the Municipal GHG Challenge Fund is extended to Friday, November 17, 2017 at 5:00pm EST.

Any Ontario municipality with a community-wide greenhouse gas inventory, emissions reduction targets and a strategy/plan to reduce emissions is eligible to apply.

*UPDATE* We have heard feedback from many municipalities that, although they do not have a complete community-wide inventory of GHG emissions, GHG reduction targets and/or a plan to achieve them, they are eager to participate in the Municipal GHG Challenge Fund.

Given the amount of interest generated by the Challenge Fund so far, the eligibility requirements for the first round of funding will be opened to allow all municipalities to apply, so long as applicants demonstrate a commitment to completing their community-wide GHG inventory, targets and plan within 18 months, through a council resolution. If approved for funding, the council resolution must occur before the transfer payment agreement is completed.

All applications will be scored using the criteria outlined in the Program Guide. If applicants do not have an inventory, targets, and/or a GHG reduction plan, this will impact their score in the section entitled “Alignment with Municipal GHG Planning”.

Municipal projects that are eligible for funding would aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in any sector, including in buildings, energy supply, water, transportation, waste and organics. Projects that are currently underway are only eligible if they were initiated after June 1, 2016.

A higher score will be given to municipalities that have a comprehensive GHG reduction plan that meets or exceeds the province’s 2020, 2030 and 2050 targets. A higher score will also be given to applicants that already have funding for up to 50% of eligible costs (e.g., through federal/municipal governments, private sector, industry partners etc.).

If a municipality has a population of less than 10,000 and does not meet the requirements, it may be eligible for the Very Small Municipalities Stream as part of the same application.

Municipalities are encouraged to partner with community organizations and other municipalities to implement their project.

 

Source: http://www.grants.gov.on.ca/GrantsPortal/en/OntarioGrants/GrantOpportunities/PRDR017538

CONTACT US to learn more about the GHG Challenge Fund and for assistance with your application.