April 3, 2006

Green Municipal Fund to support waste diversion through MSW request for proposals

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has launched a new Green Municipal Fund (GMF) Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) funding opportunity for municipal governments and their partners. Through the request for proposals (RFP) process, GMF will provide approximately $10 million in low interest rate loans and $2.5 million in grants.

The goal of this initiative is to encourage waste diversion from landfill sites. Funding will be awarded primarily on the basis of anticipated environmental benefit, in this case the projected diversion of MSW from landfill. The second priority for consideration will be the social and economic benefits of the proposals.

Municipal governments and their partners are eligible to apply. For GMF eligibility, "partners" are defined as privately-owned companies that have competed for and entered into long-term waste management contracts with municipalities.

The MSW RFP will begin by inviting expressions of intent to apply, starting April 5, 2006. The Intent to Apply form, along with details of the RFP, will be available on FCM's Centre for Sustainable Community Development Web site, www.sustainablecommunities.ca. Indications of Intent to Apply for this RFP are due by April 26, 2006.

Applicants will be notified if their Intent to Apply is accepted and asked to submit a detailed proposal for review by a team of independent, third-party experts. The RFP will close on June 7, 2006.

Last fall, the FCM set up a competitive RFP process to seek out the best projects to meet GMF program goals and requirements. MSW is the third RFP to be issued since that time. The FCM plans to issue at least one RFP each year in the following GMF categories: Energy, Waste, Water, Sustainable Transportation, and Brownfield Remediation.

The GMF is a $550-million endowment from the federal government of Canada, managed by the FCM. In supporting projects designed to address air, water and soil quality, and climate change, the Fund promotes partnerships and leveraging of both public and private sector funding to achieve higher standards of environmental protection.

More information in the Municipal Solid Waste RFP is available from: Louise Duguay at the FCM, 613/241-5221, ext 287, E-mail energy.rfp@fcm.ca.

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