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Building Capacity with the Smart Renewables and Electrification Pathways Program

January 31, 2024

Value

The program can fund up to 100% of eligible expenses, to a maximum of $2 million for each project. Applicants can combine other sources of Government of Canada funding (federal, provincial, territorial, and municipal), up to 100% of total project costs.

Description

The Smart Renewables and Electrification Pathways Program (SREPs) provides approximately $4.5 billion until 2035 to support eligible projects that can transform our electricity sector as we move toward a net-zero economy by 2050. Capacity Building funding and Indigenous Engagement Grants through SREPs help support an equitable transition to a cleaner electrical grid. Funded projects enable communities and organizations to acquire knowledge and tools to support decision-making and participation as SREPs advances the deployment of renewable energy, energy storage, and grid modernization across Canada.

Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants for Capacity Building stream

The following entities are eligible under the SREPs Capacity Building stream:

  • Indigenous applicants (including Indigenous communities or governments, tribal councils, national or regional Indigenous councils, tribal organizations, and Indigenous majority-owned and controlled for-profit and not-for-profit organizations);
  • Canadian legal entities (for-profit and not-for-profit) validly incorporated or registered; and,
  • Provincial, territorial, regional, or municipal governments and their departments and agencies.

Eligible applicants for Indigenous Engagement Grants

The following entities are eligible under the SREPs Indigenous Engagement Grant stream:

  • Indigenous applicants (including Indigenous communities or governments, tribal councils, national or regional Indigenous councils, tribal organizations, and Indigenous majority-owned and controlled for-profit and not-for-profit organizations).

Eligible Expenses

Eligible Capacity Building expenses

All expenses must be directly related to and necessary for the project, as well as verifiable (i.e., invoices, purchase orders, timesheets).

Eligible expenses may include:

  • Salaries and benefits for employees on the payroll of the applicant organization, for actual time spent by employees on the project;
  • Professional, technical, and contracting services;
  • Other expenses including:
    • Field supplies, materials, and testing services;
    • Printing services and translation;
    • Facility costs for training, seminars, conference room rentals, etc. (excluding hospitality);
    • Accreditation, licence fees, and permits; and
    • Honoraria for Indigenous peoples and costs associated with Indigenous ceremonies.
  • Goods and Services Tax (GST), Provincial Sales Tax (PST), or Harmonized Sales Tax (HST), net of any tax rebate to which the applicant organization is entitled (in accordance with NRCan’s “Certification for the treatment of GST, HST or PST” form, which will be provided by the program if the project is approved for funding consideration).

Eligible Indigenous Grant expenses

Eligible Expenditures are those necessary to support the purpose of the funding and must be directly related to the implementation and conduct of a project. These include:

  • Salaries and benefits for employees on the payroll of the applicant organization, for the actual time spent by the employees on the project;
  • Professional and contracting services;
  • Other expenses, including:
    • Printing services and translation;
    • Data collection services, including processing, analysis, and management;
    • Facility expenses for seminars, conference room rentals, etc. (excluding hospitality); and
    • Honoraria and costs associated with Indigenous ceremonies, where the applicant is an Indigenous organization.
  • GST, PST, or HST costs, net of any tax rebate to which the applicant organization is entitled.

Deadline Date

January 31, 2024.

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