Funding for Climate Change & Sustainability

Green Choice Program

Department - Organization: NS Dept of Natural Resources and Renewables
Description: Large energy buyers, including municipalities, can purchase up to 100% of their electricity from local renewable energy sources through the Green Choice Program.
Deadline: Will open for applications on December 15th, 2023.
Information Sessions: One will be scheduled in January, TBD.

Sustainable Communities Challenge Fund

Department - Organization: The Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities
Description:. The program provides competitive opportunities to encourage communities in their climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts. Adaption includes built environment and climate-ready infrastructure, ecosystems and nature-based solutions, community coordination and planning. Mitigation includes buildings, transportation, energy generation and storage, waste management and circular economy, carbon storage and sequestration.
Deadline: November 28, 2023 – Full application deadline

Treemendous Communities 

Department - Organization: Tree Canada
Description: Eligible projects receive funding up to $10,000 to cover the cost of purchasing and planting trees and shrubs, site preparation, tree maintenance, planting materials and developing education materials. They accept a wide range of project proposals such as heat island mitigation projects, biodiversity corridors, stormwater retention, invasive species control, riparian planting, park and street tree plantings, and more.
Deadline: December 3rd, 2023.

Mitacs Accelerate Program- CleanTech Call

Department - Organization: Mitacs
Description: Municipalities looking for the right researcher to support them in their innovative clean technology projects should contact Mitacs. Mitacs works to circulate your opportunity throughout their post-secondary networks to find candidates who are the best fit. If a match is successful, a researcher will then complete an internship with the municipality to assist with the project, and Mitacs will contribute $10,000 CAD towards funding the internship. Currenlty, there is a special call for CleanTech projects, see below for examples.
Example(s):  CleanTech projects are expected to involve the research, development, or novel implementation of innovative technologies or processes to positively impact land, air, or water. This includes key areas in the following sectors: transportation, energy generation and storage, waste, and sustainable materials, built environment, agriculture, and food services.
Deadline: December 6th, 2023 for CleanTech Call, Continous for the general Accelerate Program.

Climate-Resilient Coastal Communities Program

Department - Organization: Efficiency Nova Scotia
Description: The program will provide funding to enable communities and sectors to work collaboratively at a regional scale to overcome barriers and develop coordinated solutions to climate change risks (e.g. increasing sea level rise, coastal erosion, storm surge) in coastal regions.
Example(s): Revise land use plans and policies, e.g. restrict types of development in high-risk areas. Apply revised codes and standards, e.g. building designs that minimize damage. Implement nature-based approaches to prevent shoreline erosion and reduce the impact of coastal flooding. Plan for retreat of community assets, housing, or infrastructure away from coastal climate change hazards. Establish sustainable inclusive governance mechanisms. Determine financing approaches.
Deadline: December 13th, 2023

Municipal Capital Growth Program

Department - Organization: Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Description: The program supports investment in municipal infrastructure projects. Municipalities and villages can apply for funding from the Municipal Capital Growth Program to help reduce the cost of infrastructure projects that support the province’s growing population.
Example(s): Climate Change Adaptation: Capital Project Recommendations from Climate Hazard/Risk Assessments. Coastal and Inland Flooding Adaptations. Emergency prep: generators, water storage.
Deadline: December 13th, 2023

Energy Innovation Program- Smart Grids

Department - Organization: Natural Resources Canada
Description: The program will provide support to the key technology, market, and regulatory innovations that address barriers in order to scale pilot projects into grid-wide deployments. The intended results include significant impacts to enhancing grid reliability, resiliency, and flexibility. Demonstration Stream: open to projects that request between $500,000 and $6,000,000 (comprising up to 50% of total project costs). Regulatory Innovation Capacity Building Stream: open to projects that request between $250,000 and $1,500,000 (comprising up to 75% of total project costs).
Deadline: Demonstration Stream January 10th, 2024. Regulatory Innovation Capacity Building Stream, January 31st. 

Charged for Change

Department - Organization: Aviva Canada/Earth Day Canada
Description: The program will enable the installation of at least two new charging stations in underserved communities across Canada, and will cover 100% of project costs. Funding of up to $125,000 per community is available.
Deadline: February 22nd, 2024.
Information Session: January 23rd, 2023. Register here. French sessions are also available, please see the website.

Low Carbon Economy Fund - Low Carbon Economy Challenge

Department - Organization: Environment and Natural Resources Canada
Description: The Low Carbon Economy Challenge is part of the Low Carbon Economy Fund. Projects must result in greenhouse gas emissions reductions in 2030 and must align with Canada’s goals for net-zero emissions by 2050. Projects for municipalities could include waste diversion, and biomass retrofits (wastewater). Applicants can request between $1 million and $25 million in funding for eligible project expenditures, with cost-sharing of 50% of total project costs for municipalities. Self-Screening Tool for understanding project eligibility and competitiveness. To access the tool, please send an email to .
Deadline: Open for applications as of November 7th, 2023.

Natural Asset Management Roadmap

Department - Organization: Intact Public Entities/ Natural Assets Initiative
Description: Intact Public Entities (IPE) has announced a new partnership with Natural Assets Initiative (NAI) to sponsor the Natural Asset Management Roadmap Program for municipalities (for those insured by Intact). Developed and led by NAI, the program provides direction, support and guidance to local governments as they develop roadmaps to account for natural assets in their asset management strategies. Roadmaps have proven to be a relatively low-effort, high-impact activity requiring no more than a few days of effort for the project lead and a few hours from the other staff participants; yet it provides a strong foundation for participants to get started on Natural Asset Management with confidence that they are on the right track.
Deadline: Open call for EOI

Green Freight Program

Department - Organization: Natural Resources Canada
Description:  The program will help fleets reduce their fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from on-road freight through fleet energy assessments, fleet retrofits, engine repowers, best-practice implementation and the purchase of low-carbon vehicles. There are two streams, municipal governments are listed as eligible applicants on both streams. Stream 1 of the program provides grant funding up to a maximum of $250,000 per Applicant. Stream 2 contributes up to 50% of total project costs, up to a maximum of $5 million per project.
Example(s): Stream 1 includes Third-Party Fleet Energy Assessments; and/or Truck/Trailer Equipment Retrofits. Stream 2: They can include, but are not limited to, the purchase of fueling equipment, and costs associated with site preparation and networking equipment; however, land is not considered an eligible expenditure under this program. The retrofitting or upgrading of existing capital assets is included under this stream.
Deadline: Stream 1 is a continuous intake

Energy Rebates & Solutions

Department - Organization: Efficiency Nova Scotia
Description: These programs include rebates, for a variety of measures to make municipal operations more efficient. Non-electric retrofits, which allow for the installation of heat pumps in municipal buildings. For many smaller municipalities, all of their facilities (except water and wastewater treatment facilities, arenas and indoor pools) will likely qualify for this program. There is also support for engineered studies and models. You can use their online form to explain what you’re looking to achieve.
Deadline: Continuous intake 

Environmental Damages Fund

Department - Organization: Environment and Climate Change Canada
Description: Supports projects that benefit the natural environment, achieve restoration of damage to the natural environment and wildlife conservation, cost-effectively. Priority is given to projects that restore the natural environment and conserve wildlife, followed by environmental quality improvement initiatives, research and development on environmental restoration and improvement, and education and awareness on issues affecting the health of the natural environment.
Example(s): Install reef balls in the Halifax Harbour to create and restore marine habitat. These reef balls will complete a network of over 7.5 hectares of reef structures in Halifax Harbour.
Deadline: There is now an open call for applications.

Farm Credit Canada Community Fund

Department - Organization: Farm Credit Canada
Description: FCC Community Funding is to help enhance communities. Eligible organizations can apply for up to $10,000 in FCC Community Funding annually and applications are accepted year-round.
Deadline: Continuous intake

Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities

Department - Organization: Natural Resources Canada
Description: Provides funding for clean energy projects in rural and remote communities. Including biomass heating, district heating, and combined heat and power systems. There is also a stream for research, development, and demonstration projects. A rural community is defined as a community with a population of fewer than 5,000 people and a population density of fewer than 400 persons per square kilometre and not connected to the North American piped natural gas network. Remote community refers to a community not currently connected to the North American electrical grid or the piped natural gas network and is a permanent or long-term (5 years or more) settlement with at least 10 dwellings.
Example(s): Fort Nelson, BC: This investment will focus on community energy planning, feasibility modelling, design, permitting and resource assessment to support a geothermal electricity generation project under the Emerging Renewable Power Program.
Deadline: Continuous intake

Green Municipal Fund

Department - Organization: Infrastructure Canada/Federation of Canadian Municipalities 
Description: GMF provides local sustainability projects that help municipalities adopt climate solutions faster in five priority sectors: energy, waste, transportation, land use and water. The funding can cover between 50 and 80 percent of the eligible project costs. There are grants to support projects in all stages, planning, studies, pilot projects, and capital projects. You can use their Funding Opportunity Finder Funding Opportunity Finder to search for applicable funding under the GMF.
  • Transportation: Invest in greener modes of transportation for your community.
  • Water: Improve your community’s water systems and increase their efficiency.
  • Waste: Implement innovative waste management solutions and reduce, recover and recycle solid waste.
  • Land Use: Adopt land use practices that lead to sustainable outcomes.
  • Energy: Adopt technologies and practices that help improve energy efficiency and produce cleaner, more affordable energy. Under energy, there are three programs:
    • Sustainable Affordable Housing: Improve the energy efficiency and affordability of your community’s affordable housing unit.
    • Community Efficiency Financing: Implement a home-energy upgrade financing program in your community.
    • Community Buildings Retrofit: Retrofit community buildings for higher energy performance and GHG emissions reduction. 
Deadline: Continuous

EV Boost 

Department - Organization: Clean Foundation 
Description: Access to electric vehicle charging in Nova Scotia is increasing! EV Boost is helping to bring more Level-2 EV chargers to eligible organizations in the province. Through funding provided by Natural Resources Canada's (NRCan)’s Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program (ZEVIP), Clean Foundation will help to support the deployment and installation of up to 250 EV chargers.
Deadline: Continous until allocated.
Contact: Julia Anctil,
Website: EV Boost
Information Sessions: If you would like to access a recording from a past information session please email .

Green Energy Financing/ Community Efficiency Financing (PACE Programs)

Department - Organization: FCM & Clean Foundation & PACE Atlantic
Description: Homeowners can access low-interest financing to cover the cost of these upgrades through PACE programs offered by their municipalities. Each municipality can have their own PACE program or can join a turnkey program. Such as the Clean Energy Financing program created by Clean Foundation, or PACE Atlantic. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities administers the Community Efficiency Financing program that offers loans and grants to help municipalities across Canada deliver energy efficiency and solar power financing programs for residential properties, including PACE.
Deadline: Continous

Marine Debris Clean-Up Program

Department - Organization: Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture
Description: The program provides funding to help remove debris from Nova Scotia's marine and freshwater shorelines. The program has 3 funding streams: Shoreline Clean-up – supports clean-up efforts of marine and freshwater coastlines. Marine Debris and Litter Prevention – supports methods of reducing litter from reaching our water systems. Marine Debris and Litter Recycling – supports waste diversion solutions that encourage recycling over sending debris to landfills.
Deadline: February 1st, 2024

2Billion Trees

Department - Organization: Natural Resources Canada
Description: The program provides financial support to organizations to plant trees over 10 years. Please also see the Clean Foundation's sister program, the Thriving Forests Program.
Deadline: Open call for proposals
Website2Billion Trees

Thriving Forests Program

Department - Organization: Clean Foundation
Description: Thriving Forests is a sister program to the federal 2Billion Trees program. This program can help municipalities develop projects and connect them with service suppliers and local seed stock inventory. All projects must be planting incremental trees, meaning above and beyond any current legally-required tree planting activities, and not be part of business-as-usual commercial forestry activities. 
Example(s): Examples of successful projects may include (but are not limited to): Reforesting an area after a wildfire, reforesting an urban area that has fallen to disease, afforestation on retired agricultural land, restoration of legacy forest landings or forest roads, urban planting projects, initiatives to improve biodiversity and habitat resilience, reforesting an area where disturbances impact a critical habitat, infill planting or underplanting to increase biodiversity of an area.
Deadline: Open for expression of interest
Contact: Rachael MacNeil,

Permanent Public Transit Funding: Zero Emission Transit Fund

Department - Organization: Infrastructure Canada
Description: The fund is to support the electrification of public transit, support the purchase of 5,000 zero-emission buses and build supporting infrastructure, including charging infrastructure and facility upgrades. There is a planning stream and a capital stream.
Example(s): Eligible projects include studies, modelling and feasibility analysis that will support the development of future larger-scale capital projects. Eligible capital projects include buses, charging and refuelling infrastructure, and other ancillary infrastructure needs.
Deadline: Currently open for applications.

Max Bell Foundation Grants

Department - Organization: Max Bell Foundation
Description: The Max Bell Foundation makes grants to support projects that are designed to inform public policy. They do so across four program areas: Education; Environment; Health & Wellness; and Civic Engagement and Democratic Institutions. A typical project supported by Max Bell Foundation ranges from 1-3 years in duration and has a budget that ranges from approximately $10,000 to $200,000. Max Bell Foundation is often the only financial supporter of projects they fund. Not for building or service delivery, it is for projects that inform public policy. You can view previous grants awarded here:
Deadline: Continuous intake
Contact: Contact Form

Municipal Adoption Fund

Department - Organization: Divert Nova Scotia
Description: Divert NS provides support for municipalities and/or waste management regions that wish to adopt a waste diversion program previously established in Nova Scotia. 
Deadline: Continuous intake. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact their Regional Coordinator in advance of submitting their application. 
Example(s): Curbside collection and recycling of textiles, Green cart collection of pet waste, Curbside collection and recycling of expanded polystyrene, Implementation of a reuse center, Curbside collection and recycling of small scrap metal.
Contact: Regional coordinator (To be updated ASAP)

Municipal Efficiency Fund

Department - Organization: Divert Nova Scotia
Description: Divert NS provides support for increasing efficiency in the municipal solid waste-resource management system of Nova Scotia. The fund will support municipalities in researching, developing and implementing efficiency projects. 
Deadline: Continuous intake. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact their Regional Coordinator in advance of submitting their application. 
Example(s): Eligible projects under the program could include: Projects assessing the feasibility of shared services or regional collaboration. Projects that create new processes, systems and services or improve substantially those already in existence. Examples of past research can be found here.
Contact: Regional coordinator  (To be updated ASAP)

R. Howard Webster Foundation

Department - Organization: R. Howard Webster Foundation
Description: The R. Howard Webster Foundation makes grants to outstanding Canadian charitable organizations offering unique and inspiring programs or projects for the benefit, improvement and development of Canadian society. The R. Howard Webster Foundation’s funding interests are within the areas of Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Medical, and Social Services.
Example(s): Does not fund capital projects. Previous grantees can be viewed on their website.
Deadline: Continuous intake

Rink Efficiency

Department - Organization: Efficiency Nova Scotia
Description: Through the program, municipalities can improve their rink or arena’s energy efficiency. This will not only improve conditions for customers, it will result in cost savings that can be reinvested in other ways. There are programs for retrofits, optimization, and rebates. You can inquire about your project idea on their website, and they will get back to you within two business days.
Deadline: Continuous intake
Contact: Use the contact form on the website.
Website: Rink Efficiency

TD Friends of the Environment Foundation Grant

Department - Organization: TD Bank
Description: The Foundation supports a wide range of environmental initiatives, with a primary focus on environmental education and green space programs. The website states that municipalities are eligible. Eligible projects include park revitalization, community gardens, park programming and citizen science initiatives.
Deadline: January 15th, July 15th annually.

The McLean Foundation Grant

Department - Organization: The McLean Foundation
Description: They endeavour to maintain a flexible policy, with particular emphasis on projects showing promise of general social benefit but which may initially lack broad public appeal. Normally in the areas of social welfare, education, environmental conservation and the arts.
Deadline: Continuous 

Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program

Department - Organization: Natural Resources Canada
Description: To install EV charging systems in public places, on-street, at workplaces and multi-unit residential buildings, as well as infrastructure for ZEV fleets
Example(s): Killam Properties – Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Alberta – 438 electric vehicle chargers under construction ($731, 783).
Deadline: Continous

Currently Closed, Next Intake TBD:

Farm Credit Canada AgriSpirit Fund

Department - Organization: Farm Credit Canada
Description: The FCC AgriSpirit Fund supports rural communities under 150,000 people across Canada with funding for capital projects that enrich the lives of community residents. $1.5 million distributed annually.
Example(s): Refrigeration and equipment to support food waste reduction and recovery. Construction of or upgrades to community buildings. Renovations or upgrades that reduce a building’s energy footprint. Initiatives that support agriculture and food.
Deadline: April 2024 applications will open.

Disaster Mitigation Adaption Fund

Department - Organization: Infrastructure Canada
Description: The fund is to help build infrastructure that will increase the resilience of communities impacted by natural disasters. 
Deadline: Intake is currently closed, waiting on further information.

Carbon Surcharge Fund

Department - Organization: NSFM
Description: All carbon surcharge money collected is held in a special account and disbursed annually to support local, small-scale initiatives to help a municipality reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. In 2023 NSFM had $2342 to disburse.
Example(s): 2019: Town of Wolfville for its student sustainability orientation program. County of Victoria for its Reuse Centre in Baddeck. 2018: District of West Hants for its Water Leak Detection Program. 2017: Town of Middleton for its Bike Repair Station Project. 2017: County of Pictou for its Food Producers Network. 2016: District of Lunenburg for its Electric Bike Program. 2015: Town of Kentville for its Green Roof Project. 2014: County of Inverness for its Community Energy Reduction Project. 2013: District of West Hants for its Residential Water Conservation Initiative.
Deadline: Closed August, 2023. The next intake is in Summer 2024.

Flood Risk Infrastructure Investment Program

Department - Organization: NS Dept of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Description: To reduce flooding in vulnerable communities. The Flood Risk Infrastructure Investment Program promotes investment in infrastructure needed to protect communities from flooding. Municipalities can apply for funding from the Flood Risk Infrastructure Investment Program to support studies needed to understand flooding or the construction of infrastructure to protect against floods.
Example(s): River training, floodwater containment, studies on mapping and flood impacts.
Deadline: Closed June, 2023. Next intake TBD.

Green and Inclusive Community Buildings

Department - Organization: Infrastructure Canada
Description: The program supports green and accessible retrofits, repairs or upgrades of existing public community buildings and the construction of new publicly accessible community buildings that serve high-needs, underserved communities across Canada.
Deadline: Currently closed, waiting to see if there will be another intake period and when.

Green Industrial Facilities and Manufacturing Program

Department - Organization: Natural Resources Canada
Description: Under the Energy Efficiency Solutions track, eligible projects include those that support the implementation of energy efficiency and energy management solutions. These activities are intended for industrial facilities that are engaged in energy-consuming processes that involve the physical or chemical transformation of materials or substances into new products. The maximum amount of NRCan funding that can be requested under Track 1 is $20 million per proposal.
Example(s): Eligible NAICS codes for the fund are: 11, 21, 22, 23, 31, 32, 33, 56. Both municipally owned utilities and wastewater treatment facilities fall under NAICS code 22 and would therefore be eligible for funding.
Deadline: Closed in March 2023. Next intake in 2024.

Joan Freynman Climate Change Fund

Department - Organization: Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia 
Description: The grants are small matching grants for climate change-related projects throughout Nova Scotia. The grants are designed to support innovative, community-based action and to promote environmentally sustainable, socially supportive, and economically thriving communities. The program/service that is the focus of the project must be directed toward a rural area of Nova Scotia. Up to $5000.
Example(s): Clean Annapolis River Project.
Deadline: Closed February, 2023. Next intake TBD.

Low Carbon Communities

Department - Organization: NS Dept of Natural Resources and Renewables
Description: The program helps communities develop and advance innovative solutions in building 75% of total project eligible costs efficiency, clean electricity and clean transportation. The Low Carbon Communities program supports community-led, innovative solutions to create long-lasting greenhouse gas reductions. The funding helps communities complete the preparatory work required to implement their projects. 75% of total project eligible costs up to $75,000.
Example(s): Net-Zero Design for New Affordable Housing in Musquodoboit. Electric fleet and charging infrastructure planning in Kings County.
Deadline: Closed June, 2023. Next intake TBD.

Natural Infrastructure Fund

Department - Organization: Infrastructure Canada
Description: The fund supports projects that use natural or hybrid approaches to protect the natural environment, support healthy and resilient communities, and contribute to economic growth and jobs.
Deadline: Currently not accepting applications, waiting on further information about additional funding for the program.

Provincial Capital Assistance Program (PCAP)

Department - Organization: Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Description: A fund for municipal projects designed to eliminate serious environmental and health problems. The program supports investment in high-priority municipal infrastructure projects. You need to use the funding for municipally owned infrastructure projects like: water supply, sewage disposal, and solid waste management. Projects that reduce or eliminate actual and potential environmental and health problems in the municipality are given priority. Priority is also given to projects that include collaborating with multiple municipalities or have beneficial impacts on larger populations
Example Project: Stormwater management study, landfill decommission project
Deadline: Closed June, 2023. Next intake TBD.

Zero Emission Trucking Program

Department - Organization: Transport Canada
Description: The program will support municipalities to develop, modernize, and align the necessary guidelines, codes, standards and regulations to accelerate the safe deployment of zero-emission trucking in Canada. Up to $1 million per project, up to 75%.
Deadline: Closed October 2023. Next intake TBD.

Clean Fuels Fund

Department - Organization: Natural Resources Canada
Description: This fund includes projects to improve logistics for the collection, supply, and distribution of biomass materials (e.g. municipal waste). 
Deadline: Next intake TBD.

Zero Emission Vehicle Awareness Initiative

Department - Organization: Natural Resources Canada
Description: Supports projects that aim to increase awareness, knowledge and public confidence in zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) and public charging and refuelling infrastructure. 
Example(s): Edmonton Electric Vehicle Trade Show
Deadline: Closed September, 2023. Next intake TBD.

Atlantic Salmon Conservation

Department - Organization: The Foundation for Conservation of Atlantic Salmon
Description: Municipalities are eligible to apply for funding to support wild Atlantic salmon conservation initiatives. The fund supports projects that protect wild Atlantic salmon, as well as preserve the important river cultures and economies of communities across Atlantic Canada and Quebec. With $1.5 million dollars available for distribution this year, they look forward to seeing applications from municipalities to aid in the conservation of this essential species. They invite you to take advantage of this funding opportunity to help ensure wild Atlantic salmon remains a staple in Canadian identity, culture and economy for generations to come. 
Deadline: Closed November 17th, 2023. 5 pm AST.
Contact: Charline McCoy at 506-455-9900 or

EJ4Climate: Environmental Justice and Climate Resilience

Department - Organization: Commission for Environmental Cooperation
Description: They are calling for project proposals that will advance community-driven strategies in support of environmental justice and community resilience to the impacts of extreme weather events in urban areas. The community-driven strategies should look to implement long-lasting solutions to strengthen resilience to extreme weather events and reduce adverse health, economic and social impacts. Urban is defined as: City- settlement of at least 50,000 inhabitants in a high-density cluster of grid cells (greater than 1,500 inhabitants per sq. km). Or Towns: settlements with between 5,000 and 50,000 that are either dense (with a density of at least 1,500 inhabitants per sq. km) or semi-dense (a density at least 300 inhabitants per sq. km). Or Suburban or peri-urban areas: cells belonging to urban clusters but not part of a town.
Deadline: Closed November 9th, 2023. 5 pm EST.

Community Climate Capacity Program

Department - Organization: Clean Foundation 
Description: The program will be working with up to 15 Nova Scotian communities over three years, supporting their climate and sustainability measures by helping to identify their climate challenges and implement adaptation and mitigation actions. Municipalities will be provided with a dedicated staff of specialists who can help guide them through climate and sustainability initiatives at the local level. To apply for the Community Climate Capacity program, one must first submit an Expression of Interest by early November 2023.
Deadline: EOI closed November 17th.

If you can't find a grant that suits your needs, please reach out. Similarly, if you are applying to any of the listed opportunities, I am readily available to provide assistance throughout the application process.

Lucy MacLeod

Lucy MacLeod,
Fund Navigator