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


Grant: Up to 50% of eligible costs to a maximum of $175,000.


We fund feasibility studies for initiatives that can help a municipality 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 study may compare several options or assess one option’s ability to 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 private or public 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 (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.

Your feasibility study should assess the feasibility (e.g., technical, financial) of an initiative as well as its potential environmental, economic and social impacts.

We encourage you to study low-impact solutions.

Examples of what you might study:

  • 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

  Applications are accepted year round, though this offer will close when all funding has been allocated.


Contact Name: Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)

Phone Number: 1-877-417-0550

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