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Natural Infrastructure Fund | Municipal Climate Change Action Centre (MCCAC)

Value

up to $120 million for large natural or hybrid infrastructure projects.

Description

Announced in June 2021, the $200 million Natural Infrastructure 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.

Eligible Applicants

The NIF is open to the following recipients:

  • Municipalities, local, or regional governments;
  • Provinces and territories;
  • Indigenous recipients;
  • Public sector bodies established by a provincial or territorial statute, a regulation, or wholly owned by a provincial, territorial, municipal, or regional government;
  • Not-for-profit organizations federally or provincially incorporated; and
  • Private for-profit organizations working in collaboration with another eligible public recipient.

Eligible Expenses

Projects eligible for funding are infrastructure projects that involve the creation, expansion, restoration, improvement, or  enhancement of tangible natural or hybrid infrastructure. Projects must be primarily for public use and/or benefit. Projects must reflect at least one of the following categories:

  • Planting and restoring green space;
  • Construction or restoration of naturalized water retention or detention systems;
  • Naturalized water diversion and infiltration; or
  • Natural or hybrid infrastructure that supports biodiversity and connectivity.

E.g., urban forests, street trees, green roofs, parks, community gardens, wetlands, restored flood plans, coastal restoration, naturalized stormwater ponds, living dykes, rain gardens, and bioswales.

Projects may also include design elements that enhance human access to green space or natural water bodies (blue space). These are only eligible design elements if they are connected to the broader project.
E.g., trails, walkways, ramps, signage, lighting, garbage bins, benches, and multifunctional piers.

Deadline Date

  Rolling Intake
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