Funding Opportunities

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Below we have compiled a list of various government-sponsored programs, rebates, grants, and incentives to help you get started!


Retrofit/Energy Funding Programs

  1. Natural Resources Canada – Canada Greener Homes Grant
    • Retrofit funding for homeowners
  2. Infrastructure Canada – Green and Inclusive Community Buildings Program
    • Funding for small and large retrofit projects
  3. SaveOnEnergy – Small Business Program
    • Lighting
    • Refrigeration
    • Smart Thermostats
  4. SaveOnEnergy – Retrofit Program
    • HVAC Systems
    • Lighting
  5. Enbridge – Fixed Incentive Program
    • Space Heating: Air Curtains, Condensing make-up air (MUA) Units & Dock door seals
    • Ventilation: Destratification fans, Heat recovery ventilators (HRV) and energy recovery ventilator (ERV), Demand control kitchen ventilation (DCKV), Demand control ventilation (DCV)
    • Hot Water: Ozone laundry
  6. Enbridge – Commercial Custom Retrofit Program
    • Boilers
    • Water Heating Systems
    • Building automation systems
    • Heat recovery
    • Variable frequency drives (VFDs)
  7. UCC Faithful Footprints Program (United Churches ONLY)
    • Any energy-efficient retrofits: Lighting, HVAC, Insulation, Refrigeration, etc.
  8. IESO – Indigenous Community Energy Plan Program
    • Energy plan funding for Indigenous communities
  9. Better Homes Ottawa – Loan Program
    • Loan program for energy efficient retrofits

Electric Vehicle (EV) ZEVIP Program

  1. Hydro Ottawa
  2. EPCOR Go Ev Funding
  3. Elexicon Group
  4. Scout Environmental
  5. Alectra Utilities
  6. Essex Powerlines
  7. Indigenous Clean Energy
  8. Green Economy Canada

Gardening-Related Grants

  1. TD Friends of the Environment Foundation Grant (TD-FEF):
    • Winter Submission Deadline: January 15
    • Summer Submission Deadline: July 15
  2. Communities in Bloom: Various opportunities yearly
  3. 2 Billion Trees Program Funding: Applications for 2022 have closed, but future funding rounds will be available

Community-Based Project Funding

  1. Community Environmental Projects Grant Program (CEPGP): 2022 applications now closed, contact cepgp@ottawa.ca for 2023 updates
  2. Ottawa Community Foundation – Community Grants Program: One-year grants and multi-year grants available
    • One-year grant deadlines: February 1 & October 1
    • Multi-year grant deadline: December 1
  3. EcoAction Community Funding Program: Applications for 2022 now closed
  4. Laidlaw Foundation – Grants & Programs: Multiple grant opportunities for youth action and Indigenous community engagement
    • PopUp Grant: Funding for youth initiatives on climate change. Applications currently open
  5. Indigenous Community-Based Climate Monitoring Program: Applications for 2022 now closed, but will reopen in 2023
  6. IESO Education and Capacity Building Program: Funding to Indigenous communities for education and skills on energy systems
    • Applications to open again in 2023


Hello Vélo: City of Ottawa Parking Services Program

Hello Vélo – a new initiative by Parking Services – incentivizes private organizations (such as local businesses) by subsidizing 50 per cent of the cost when purchasing a bike rack from the City’s inventory. 

Interested in getting a new bike rack for your organization? Please email hello.velo@ottawa.ca(link opens email application) and Parking Services will help you place your order. Please note that we only accept payments via e-transfer and that your organization will be responsible for pick-up and installation.