Community Buildings Retrofit Initiative (GMF)

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The Green Municipal Fund’s (GMF) Community Buildings Retrofit (CBR) initiative supports local governments and not-for-profit organizations in retrofitting public buildings to improve energy performance, lower operating and maintenance costs, and transition to cleaner energy solutions over time. The CBR funding offers support at all stages of project development, helping communities of all sizes to significantly reduce GHG emissions while extending assets’ life. GMF‐supported initiatives aim to improve air, water, and soil, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Funding is available to all Canadian municipal governments and their partners for eligible projects.


Funding for:

  • Community Building Monitoring and Analysis grant.
  • Community Building Recommissioning grant.
  • GHG Reduction Pathway Feasibility Study grant.
  • Capital funding for:
  • GHG impact retrofit capital project: Retrofit a building to achieve a minimum 30% reduction in GHG emissions; ideal for shovel-ready projects.
  • GHG reduction pathway retrofit capital project: Retrofit a building using an outcomes-oriented approach to achieving (near) net zero carbon buildings over time.

How to apply

Rolling intake, open to the following:

  • All municipal governments, private-sector entities, Indigenous communities, NGOs, non-profits, and research institutes.

Projects are eligible for funding in the following focus areas:

  • Capital Projects: Up to 80% of eligible project costs to a maximum of $5 million per project.
  • Study for one building: $65,000 to cover up to 80% costs.
  • Study for multiple buildings: $200,000 to cover up to 80% costs (cost per building cannot exceed $65,000.