Grants of up to $175,000 to cover up to 50% of your eligible costs.

Who can apply
  • 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.
Deadline to apply

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

We fund studies to support the integration of leading-edge deep energy efficiency measures and onsite renewable energy generation in existing affordable housing retrofit and new build projects.

Housing providers can use a study grant to assess the approaches needed to implement an eligible pilot or capital project in detail, including:

  • Technical evaluations and energy models
  • Financial options analysis
  • Site assessments
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Detailed project planning

These approaches must demonstrate and validate the project’s environmental, social and economic benefits, in line with GMF’s environmental thresholds for Sustainable Affordable Housing (SAH) initiative capital projects. See application guide for more details.

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.

How to Apply
  1. Download and review our application guide
  2. Ensure you have all supporting documentation required, including a detailed project budget in place. Refer to the application guide for a complete list (Appendix B). 
  3. Complete and submit the initial proposal form
  4. Receive eligibility confirmation and full application form from GMF within three weeks.
  5. Complete and submit the full application and project workbook.

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.

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