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Capital project: Stormwater quality, municipal project │ Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM):


Regular loans and grants: Receive a low-interest loan of up to $5 million and a grant worth up to 15% of the loan; cover up to 80% of your eligible costs. High-ranking project loans and grants: These qualify for a low-interest loan of up to $10 million and a grant worth up to 15% of the loan; cover up to 80% of your eligible costs.


We fund capital projects for initiatives that have the potential to remove 80% of total suspended solids (TSS) or a significant amount of other contaminants (e.g., E.coli, salt, grease) from a private or public site’s stormwater runoff. This funding helps Canadian cities and communities of all sizes protect local bodies of water through stormwater treatment.

Eligible Applicants

All Canadian municipal governments; Municipal partners applying in partnership with a municipal government.

Eligible Expenses

Your capital project must capture and treat all runoff by removing 80% of TSS or a significant amount of other contaminants such as E.coli, salt or grease, from a site’s stormwater runoff using a new build or retrofit solution. The target amount to be removed from ‘other contaminants’ will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Most municipalities focus on runoff from roads, public spaces and the lots around municipal buildings and facilities (e.g., administration buildings, police stations and fire halls, recreation centres and arenas, wastewater treatment plants), but you may also choose to target runoff from privately owned sites.

We encourage you to use low-impact solutions.

Examples of what you might implement:

  • Natural or engineered systems that filter and retain stormwater, such as bioretention cells, filter strips, catch basin inserts, tree box filters, sub-surface collection facilities, cisterns, infiltration trenches, rain gardens, bio-swales, native vegetation
  • Modifications to infrastructure to decrease the amount of impervious surfaces such as permeable pavement, curbless, gutterless, and reduced width streets;
  • Prevention or treatment of contaminants (e.g., road salt, sand)
  • Systems approaches that identify solutions that complement each other and may be applied across a watershed or drainage basin

Deadline Date

  This funding has a two-stage application process with the following deadlines: Initial Review Form: Complete and submit year-round. Potential applicants may submit initial review forms at any time. Application forms will be provided to eligible recipients.


Contact Name: Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)

Phone Number: 1-877-417-0550

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