FCM Green Municipal Fund – Transportation Study Grant

Study grant: Transportation networks and commuting options

Summary

We fund feasibility studies of initiatives that may reduce pollution in Canadian communities by improving transportation systems and networks or encouraging people to switch to less polluting transportation options. This funding helps Canadian cities and communities of all sizes reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improve air quality.

Grant details

About the study

Your study may compare several options or assess the capacity of one option to do at least one of the following:

  • Reduce the number of vehicles on the road, the number of kilometres they travel, or the amount of time they spend transporting people or goods
  • Get people to use their vehicles more efficiently or switch to less polluting forms of transportation (i.e., a modal shift to public transit, walking, or cycling).

We fund studies that examine either the financial performance of environmentally proven initiatives, or the financial or environmental performance of a new initiative. Your study should also assess a project’s social benefits (e.g., better health for local residents, job creation, youth engagement, whether people will use it).

Examples of initiatives whose feasibility you might study:

  • Ridesharing and ride hailing programs
  • Last-mile solutions
  • Bike paths, bike sharing
  • Connecting commuters to park-and-ride facilities
  • Evaluating active transportation infrastructure (e.g., bike lanes)
  • Walking and cycling networks that promote accessibility and safety
  • Alternative fueling infrastructure for privately or municipally owned vehicles (e.g., fast charging stations)
  • Sustainable autonomous vehicle use for privately or municipally owned vehicles
  • Using alternative fuels and drive trains (e.g., for electric/hydrogen vehicles or biogas vehicles) for privately or municipally owned vehicles
  • Intelligent transportation systems that reduce fuel consumption and promote transit use (e.g., transit signal priority, real-time travel information)

Amount

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

Who can apply

  1. All Canadian municipal governments
  2. Municipal partners (entities working in partnership with a municipal government), which includes:
    • Private sector entities
    • Indigenous communities
    • Municipally owned corporations
    • A regional, provincial or territorial organization delivering municipal services
    • Non-governmental organizations
    • Not-for-profit organizations
    • Research institutes (e.g., universities)

Deadline to apply

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

Find out and apply here!

Pilot project grant: Transportation networks and commuting options

Summary

We fund pilot projects that reduce pollution in Canadian communities by improving transportation systems and networks or encouraging people to switch to less polluting transportation options. This funding helps Canadian cities and communities of all sizes reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improve air quality.

Grant details

About the pilot project

Pilot projects assess technology or other solutions in real-life conditions. They evaluate either a small-scale version of a project or a full-scale, replicable version.

Your pilot will compare several options or assess the capacity of one option to do at least one of the following:

  • Reduce the number of vehicles on the road, the number of kilometres they travel, or the amount of time they spend transporting people or goods
  • Get people to use their vehicles more efficiently or switch to less polluting forms of transportation (i.e., a modal shift to public transit, walking, or cycling).

We fund pilot projects that examine either the financial performance of environmentally proven initiatives, or the financial or environmental performance of a new initiative. Your pilot should also assess a project’s social benefits (e.g., better health for local residents, job creation, youth engagement, whether people will use it).  

Examples of initiatives you might pilot:

  • Ridesharing and ride hailing programs
  • Last-mile solutions
  • Bike paths, bike sharing
  • Connecting commuters to park-and-ride facilities
  • Evaluating active transportation infrastructure (e.g., bike lanes)
  • Walking and cycling networks that promote accessibility and safety
  • Alternative fueling infrastructure for privately or municipally owned vehicles (e.g., fast charging stations)
  • Sustainable autonomous vehicle use for privately or municipally owned vehicles
  • Using alternative fuels and drive trains (e.g., for electric/hydrogen vehicles or biogas vehicles) for privately or municipally owned vehicles
  • Intelligent transportation systems that reduce fuel consumption and promote transit use (e.g., transit signal priority, real-time travel information)

Amount

Grants of up to $350,000 to cover up to 50% of eligible costs. 

Who can apply

  1. All Canadian municipal governments
  2. Municipal partners (entities working in partnership with a municipal government), which includes:
    • Private sector entities
    • Indigenous communities
    • Municipally owned corporations
    • A regional, provincial or territorial organization delivering municipal services
    • Non-governmental organizations
    • Not-for-profit organizations
    • Research institutes (e.g., universities)

Deadline to apply

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

To find out more and apply, click here!