Funding Snapshot

Maximum Award:
Grant: Up to 50% of eligible costs to a maximum of $175,000
Open To:
All Canadian municipal governments; Municipal partners applying in partnership with a municipal government.
Expected Output:
A plan that identifies and revitalizes your community’s brownfields.
Application Deadline:
Applications are accepted year round, though this offer will close when all funding has been allocated.
Eligible Costs:
See the the list of eligible costs for more details.

We will fund the creation of a plan that identifies and prioritizes opportunities to revitalize your community’s brownfields. This funding helps Canadian cities and communities of all sizes plan to remediate and rehabilitate their brownfields.

What is a brownfield?

A brownfield is an abandoned, vacant, derelict or underutilized commercial, institutional or industrial property where past actions have resulted in actual or perceived contamination or a threat to public health and safety, and where there is an active potential for redevelopment.

Your plan should include a framework of approaches (e.g., incentive programs) that promote the remediation, rehabilitation, adaptive reuse and overall improvement of brownfield properties in your community. It must include the following elements, which may be drawn from an existing sustainable community plan or strategy:

  • A vision
  • Environmental, social and economic objectives and targets
  • A list of the actions required to achieve your remediation goals and targets, including:
    • Specific tasks and who (job role/person) will accomplish them
    • An implementation timeline
    • Estimated costs
  • Anticipated sustainable development that will take place on the land after it is remediated (e.g., energy efficient buildings, a renewable energy installation)

We prefer initiatives that lead to concrete actions and demonstrate many of the following characteristics:

  • The initiative incorporates the development or application of new knowledge, policy, practices or technologies
  • There are built-in mechanisms that will encourage the replication of the initiative (e.g., a partnership with a regional government)
  • The initiative has the potential to generate significant environmental results, as well as economic and social benefits
  • The initiative leverages partnerships and other sources of funding

How to apply

  1. Download and review the application guide.
  2. Review the prerequisites and required supporting documents.

  3. Complete the project workbook.

  4. Confirm that you’re securing other funding sources for your project:
  5. Visit the FCM funding portal to create your profile and request a PIN to access the system. Already have an FCM funding portal profile? Skip to Step 6.

  6. Complete the pre-application form available on the platform.

Quebec municipalities

FCM has an agreement with Quebec's ministère des Affaires municipales et de l'Habitation (MAMH) that allows the ministry to review applications to GMF before they are submitted to FCM. Quebec municipalities applying for funding from GMF must follow the process below to submit their application to MAMH.

Once you have completed all the steps in the ‘How to apply’ section, submit your application by following the steps below. Note that the content of the links is available in French only.

  1. Save your application form using the appropriate file name.
    • Save the application form to your local device with the following filename: FMV_ "your municipality's name"_ "date" (YYMMDD). For example: FMV_TownofABC_180228.pdf
  2. Log in to the Portail gouvernemental des affaires municipales et régionales using your username and password. 
    • To submit your form click on “File Transfer”.
    • In the “Recipient” drop-down list, select the applicable program.
    • Upload your files and press “Transfer” once your request is complete.
  3. Receive confirmation from MAMH.
    • MAMH assesses the applications to ensure that the projects submitted do not conflict with Quebec's government policies and directives. Once the assessment has been completed, MAMH informs the applicant of their decision and sends compliant applications to GMF for review.
    • MAMH requires up to 15 working days to review the application and forward it to GMF.
  4. Receive approval from GMF.
    • GMF will inform the applicant once they receive the application from MAMH and review the submission. If the application is approved for funding, an agreement between FCM and the applicant is prepared.

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