Funding Snapshot

Maximum Award:

Grants of up to $30,000 to cover up to 80% of your eligible costs.

Open To:

Canadian municipal governments (e.g., towns, cities, regions, districts and local boards thereof)
Municipally owned corporations, such as municipal housing service providers; or
Non-profit, mission-driven affordable housing providers, including cooperatives.

Application Deadline:

Applications are accepted year round, though this offer will close when all funding has been allocated.

Eligible Costs:

See the application guide for a list of eligible costs.

We provide planning grants to assist housing providers in the early stages of sustainable affordable housing development. This grant is intended to fund the development of deliverables required in applications for additional funding (e.g., GMF’s Sustainable Affordable Housing (SAH) study grant or the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s (CMHC) Seed Funding program) as you progress through the next stages of energy-efficient affordable housing projects.

This grant supports the initial planning phase of projects through a variety of activities based on the needs of the applicant. Activities supported by the planning grant may include:

  • Project initiation: meetings, project scoping, work plan and timelines, background review, project visioning and goal setting
  • Needs assessment: evaluating housing stock, resident support, preliminary review of building opportunities
  • Basic financial assessment: review of current budget information, tasks and scope to assess magnitude of project costs and potential savings and funding sources
  • Stakeholder engagement activities
  • Evaluation of energy-efficient approaches
  • Support to identify qualified design consultants and contractors

Time to complete projects

Projects are typically expected to be completed within two years of FCM approval.


Funding is stackable with CMHC’s Co-Investment Fund and other initiatives of the National Housing Strategy, as well as programs available through the provinces or territories.

We reserve the right to make changes to eligibility criteria and the types of projects funded through this offer.

Required supporting documents

  • Detailed project budget
  • Constating documents *
  • Relevant letter(s) from confirmed source(s) of funding if available
  • Resumes of the project team.

* Founding articles of incorporation of the lead applicant, in order to ensure eligibility.

How to Apply

  1. Review the application guide. Make sure to look at the eligibility criteria and required document sections. 
  2. 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 3. 
  3. Complete the pre-application eligibility screening available on the FCM funding portal following the instructions in the application guide
  4. Eligible projects will be invited to submit a full application. 

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 and municipally-owned corporations interested in applying should contact GMF.

Municipally-owned corporations are not included in the agreement with MAMH. They must obtain authorization from the Quebec government to secure an agreement with FCM, in accordance with the Ministère du Conseil exécutif. Private non-profit organizations can submit to GMF directly.

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.

Need help to see if this is the right funding for you?

Contact our Outreach team who can answer any questions you have relating to this funding opportunity.