August 21st, 2015
Are you interested in sustainable development for your community? The Green Municipal Fund (GMF) provides funding for a wide range of initiatives designed to improve air, water, and soil qualities, all the while lessening climate change’s impact. The GMF has supported over 1000 initiatives during the last fifteen years. Sustainable development is gaining momentum in Canada, and the GMF is leading the charge.
The GMF supports innovation by encouraging and rewarding leadership exhibited at every level in a municipality, regardless of its size. If given the chance to do so, these leaders have valuable lessons that communities across Canada can benefit from. The GMF helps municipalities overcome policy constraints to respond to public demand by providing what is best for the community, helping these leaders set new standards for better policy and better overall communities.
Many leaders have visions. Making these visions into realities is a much more difficult task. Doing so requires the necessary financing. The GMF provides government funding for businesses in various Canadian municipalities to move their project from a vision to a reality.
Where does this Funding Originate?
Since 1901, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (or FCM) has represented the best interests of municipal governments across the country. The FCM has over 2000 members who work together to express the combined interests of their respective municipalities in various matters of policy and program.
Membership comes from all areas, from major urban city centres to small rural communities. The design of the GMF specifically accounts for small towns as well, in accordance with their own unique needs or challenges. After all, major municipalities don’t have a monopoly or exclusive right towards different development initiatives. We can learn from all communities, whether big or small.
The FCM designed this funding opportunity to help groundbreaking leaders enact effective change in their community.
What does the GMF Encourage?
The GMF rewards municipalities responding to real needs in their communities. Prospective projects focus on bringing in external investment and talent to help a municipality develop and grow as a collective.
Any project requires concerted effort combined with the skills to get the job done. Of course, a little bit of luck never hurt anyone either. Projects with a clear vision are more likely to receive consideration and funding from the GMF.
What does the GMF Provide?
The GMF assists municipalities and their various partners to achieve their visions on the ground. As sustainable development is the focus of this funding, this includes incorporating the most advanced solutions in ‘green’ ideas and technology. Drawing on their past experiences, the FCM and the GMF introduce the best practices of forbearers to create effective change.
The FCM draws on its network to help connect leaders from various businesses and other organizations or institutions at the municipal level to work together. Collaboration helps generate new and even better ideas. Combined minds inspire collective greatness.
As suggested, many leaders have great ideas, but lack the means to enact them. The GMF provides the tools to give these leaders the practical training they need, and the all important government funding for them to do so. Government financing helps communities grow forwards.
Which Projects Receive Funding?
The GMF considers almost any application for projects both big and small. Common funding goes towards urban planners cleaning up brownfields, companies looking to increase their energy and water performance, and overall waste reductions. They also consider introducing efficiencies in the transportation sector.
The GMF provides government funding for businesses to enact plans for future development in a ‘green’ direction. This includes funding for grants to conduct feasibility studies or pilot projects to help identify areas for improvement and innovation.
The Government of Canada supported the FCM with $550 million to great the Green Municipal Fund. By doing so, they help various municipalities reach higher standards of air cleanliness, soil quality, and overall climate protection. They do so by providing this government funding for various business initiatives designed to enact effective change. Your contributions today create the lessons for success that lead to future projects and future successes. The GMF works with you every step of the way to make your dreams and visions into realities. Let our staff at INAC help you develop your GMF application to secure change in your municipality today.