February 13, 2006

New GMF category will support renewables, energy efficiency projects

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has launched a new Green Municipal Fund (GMF) funding opportunity in the energy sector for municipal governments and municipal energy utilities. Through the Energy Request for Proposals (RFP) process, the GMF will award approximately $20 million in low-interest loans and $2 million in grants.

The Energy RFP will be divided into two streams. Stream A will cover energy efficiency retrofits to municipal buildings or the construction of new energy-efficient municipal buildings. Stream B will cover new renewable energy supply projects and district energy distribution systems.

The Energy RFP opened on February 8 and will be receiving expressions of Intent to Apply until March 1, 2006. Intent to Apply forms, along with details of the RFP, are available on-line at www.sustainablecommunities.ca.

Applicants will be notified if their Intent to Apply is accepted and asked to submit a detailed proposal which will be reviewed by a team of independent, third-party experts. Funding will be awarded primarily on the basis of anticipated environmental benefit and secondarily for social and economic benefit. The RFP closes April 12, 2006.

There will be at least one RFP each year in the following GMF categories: energy, waste, water, sustainable transportation, and brownfield remediation. The Energy RFP is the second RFP to be issued by the GMF. The first, launched in the fall of 2005, was for brownfield remediation.

The FCM has established and continues to manage the $550-million GMF on behalf of the federal government. The Fund encourages partnerships and leveraging of both public and private sector funding to support projects designed to achieve higher standards of air, water and soil quality.

More information on the GMF Energy RFP is available from Jas Michalski, 613/241-5221, ext 307.

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