George Heyman
Environment Minister George Heyman (Province of BC)

The B.C. Government is taking applications for a second round of projects aimed at improving clean-energy infrastructure and managing renewable energy.

Funding for the projects is provided by both the provincial and federal governments through the CleanBC Communities Fund.

Current applications will be funded by $25.9 million from the federal government and $21.5 million from the province, for a combined total of $47.4 million.

The first round of projects received over $63 million in combined funding. A list of approved projects from the first intake has not yet been released.

“This new round of funding will help us build an economic recovery from COVID-19 with communities and First Nations in every corner of the province,” said George Heyman, B.C.’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.

Only project proposals from organizations based in British Columbia are eligible for funding. Municipal governments, First Nation band councils, and for-profit and non-profit organizations are all eligible.

Projects that are successful can receive up to the following funding toward eligible costs:

  • Up to 33% provincial funding and up to 40% federal funding for local government projects
  • Up to 15% provincial funding and up to 75% federal funding for Indigenous off-reserve projects
  • Up to 75% federal funding for Indigenous on-reserve projects
  • Up to 25% provincial funding and up to 40% federal funding for not-for-profit projects; and
  • Up to 15% provincial funding and up to 25% federal funding related to for-profit projects.
  • Indigenous recipients may access additional funding for a project up to a maximum of 100% of eligible expenditures from all federal sources.

Examples of eligible projects include electric-vehicle charging stations, public building retrofits to improve energy efficiency and clean energy projects that reduce community energy expenses and greenhouse gas emissions.

Detailed eligibility criteria is on the Government of BC website. Applications are open until 11:59 p.m. PST on November 12, 2020.