Apply for funding to support innovative approaches to regional collaboration: Municipal Innovation Program

The Municipal Innovation Program provides funding for regional cooperation projects to help the long-term sustainability of local governments. Municipalities can apply for funding from the Municipal Innovation Program to support innovative approaches to regional collaboration. You can apply until 29 June 2021.

Apply for funding from the Municipal Innovation Program to support innovative approaches to regional economic development, regional planning and inter-municipal collaboration.

You need to use the funding to create:

  • new or enhanced regional municipal services
  • improved municipal capacity to respond to municipal and regional priorities
  • effective inter-municipal relations through joint and collaborative activities

Projects that include collaborating with multiple municipalities or have beneficial impacts for larger populations are given priority.

Funding amount

The Municipal Innovation Program may fund up to 75% of eligible project costs for each project. The applicant or other sources need to fund the remaining balance of the project.

Eligible project costs

Eligible project costs include:

  • studies by professional consultants that describe how an action can be implemented
  • employment costs for a shared term position for someone who will develop land use planning documents and build capacity within the participating municipalities to implement the project plans (you can’t use this funding for existing positions)
  • costs for implementing the project, including professional services like legal services, land use planning and facilitation costs

Ineligible project costs include:

  • general feasibility studies or projects to determine if municipalities should collaborate on a project
  • employment costs of existing staff positions
  • bonuses or severance related to a term position
  • equipment and furniture purchases
  • costs of purchasing or owning buildings and land
  • capital projects and pilot projects
  • facility construction
  • principal costs, interest costs, bond discount and other financial costs

Reporting requirements

If you receive funding from the Municipal Innovation Program, you need to submit a project closeout report and financial log within 60 days of completing the project. You also need to confirm that you met the project outcomes.

Accessing the funding

The Municipal Innovation Program provides up to 50% of the funding at the start of the project. Municipalities receive the remaining funding when they complete the project and the Department of Municipal Affairs approves your project closeout report.

Eligibility

Only municipalities can apply for funding. Villages, community groups, First Nations and others can partner with their municipality on a joint application. You need to have 2 or more municipalities to apply.

The application needs to demonstrate the project’s potential to improve inter-municipal collaboration for regional economic development, regional planning and other services.

All municipalities involved in the project need to have filed all reporting for any previous projects with the Department of Municipal Affairs.

You need to apply for funding by 29 June 2021.

How to apply

  1. Review detailed program criteria in the Municipal Innovation Program Application Guide.
  2. Contact the Municipal Innovation Program to discuss your project idea.
  3. Apply online for the funding.
  4. Check the application for details on all required supporting documents.
  5. Submit your completed application and supporting documents.
  6. Department of Municipal Affairs reviews your application after the submission deadline (this can take 6 to 8 weeks).
  7. Check your application status in the Grants Management System.

How long it takes

It should take 6 to 8 weeks for the Department of Municipal Affairs to review your funding application and let you know if your funding application is approved. It can take longer if more information is needed or if your application hasn’t been filled in correctly.

Cost

There is no cost to apply for the funding, but you need to provide funding (from 1 or more sources) to fund the balance of the project.

Before you start

Make sure you have:

  • relevant studies to support the project
  • council resolutions from all participating municipalities

Apply online

When you apply online you need to know your Grants Management System username and password. You get these from the chief administrative officer (CAO) or clerk of your municipality. Or contact the Municipal Innovation Program.

Once you sign in to your Grants Management System account, you also need to upload any required supporting documents in PDF format. You can do this by scanning the documents or taking pictures of them.

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