Funding climate action

Options for local governments

Senior governments, BC utilities, and non-profit organizations offer a wide range of funding programs that can help BC local governments advance climate action. Find out more below.

Local Government Climate Action Program

Local Government Climate Action Program (LGCAP) provides local governments and Modern Treaty Nations with predictable and stable funding to support the implementation of local climate action that reduces emissions and prepares communities for the impacts of a changing climate. 

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BC Community Climate Funding Guide

A one-stop shop

The BC Community Climate Funding Guide for Indigenous communities and local governments is an all-in-one guide to a wide range of funding sources.

The site includes a fully searchable database of funding sources, detailed information on funds and grants, and a deadline tracker.

Other funding sources

  • Government of Canada Funding, Grants and Incentives: The Government of Canada manages several funding, grants and incentive programs to encourage research, development and demonstration in Canada, including the Government of Canada Green Infrastructure Program. The Green Infrastructure Program, administered by Natural Resources Canada, provides funding for initiatives related to green technology demonstrations, community capacity building, directed research and development, and deployment. There are programs dedicated to reducing reliance on diesel fuel for rural and remote communities.
  • Government of Canada 2 Billion Trees Program: Funded by the Government of Canada, this program aims to motivate and support new tree planting projects. Supplementary activities (additional tree planting) to expand existing tree planting projects are included.
  • Community Energy Association Funding Directory: Funding Your Community Energy and Climate Change Initiatives is a guide to funding for BC local governments involved in energy planning and climate action.
  • CivicInfo BC Searchable Grants Database: A list of available grants and a searchable database.
  • Federation of Canadian Municipalities Funding Tool: Various grants for plans, studies and pilot projects, as well as loans and grants for capital projects, in three core areas: sustainability, climate change and asset management.
  • BC Hydro Community Energy Manager Program: This program funds community energy manager positions at local governments. An energy manager can coordinate energy and emissions planning and implement corporate and community-wide energy projects. To be eligible, a local government must have a population over 75,000 or a population over 20,000 with a council-approved CEEP (or equivalent) and demonstrated leadership in electricity demand-side management.