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Opportunity for municipalities: up to 80% support for hiring of staff to advance climate change initiatives

NOTE: This opportunity has expired or is an event which has already taken place.

FCM’s climate change staff grants provide up to $125,000 to supplement the salary of a new or existing municipal employee who will work on initiatives to improve adaptation to local climate change impacts or reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Lack of staff resources is one of the biggest barriers for communities looking to take action on climate change. These grants, disbursed over two years, help municipalities address staffing gaps and produce lasting improvements in their operations related to climate change.

Communities can use the funding to dedicate staff to activities such as developing or refreshing GHG emissions reduction or climate change adaptation plans, creating GHG emission inventories or adding climate change practices into daily municipal processes.

Eligibility requirements

An individual funded through a climate change staff grant must move the following three municipal initiatives from planning to implementation over the course of the grant period:

  • Develop or refresh a GHG emissions reduction or climate adaptation plan, which:
    • Aligns with the municipality’s sustainability and environmental goals, such as the Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP), Official Community Plan or other related policy documents
    • Integrates asset management priorities
  • Implement operational or institutional changes to produce long-term climate change impacts within the municipality beyond the end of the grant period, such as the creation of a climate change advisory committee or integration of climate considerations into infrastructure decision-making processes
  • Undertake preparatory work leading to the implementation of municipal GHG emissions reduction or climate change adaptation initiatives, such as creating GHG inventories, conducting stakeholder consultations or doing policy research

Activities must include these three areas:

  • Planning related to mitigation or adaptation
  • Institutional and operational changes
  • Implementation of climate mitigation or adaptation projects

Examples of municipal initiatives

Here are some examples of the types of municipal initiatives grant-funded staff can work on:

  • Developing a climate mitigation or adaptation vision
  • Preparing and holding public consultation
  • Implementing feasibility study or capital project
  • Setting up a steering committee

Who can apply

FCM strongly encourages applications from small and medium-sized communities, particularly those in the early stages of maturity on our self-assessment scales.

  • Municipalities with a population of 150,000 or less
  • Two or more municipalities that will share the services of one grant-funded staff person
  • Indigenous communities that have a shared service agreement with a municipal government related to infrastructure, GHG emissions reduction or climate change adaptation

Note: Preference will be given to first-time applicants to the MCIP program.

Funding available

  • Grants of up to $125,000 to cover the salary of one staff person
  • Eligible applicants can receive a maximum of one climate change staff grant
  • Funding for up to 80 per cent of eligible costs over a two-year period

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