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Community groups across the province have an opportunity to play a prominent role in supporting Alberta’s energy transition by developing their own renewable energy projects. These projects will enable Albertans to directly access and share the benefits of community scale renewable energy generation.
To support the development of these projects, Energy Efficiency Alberta (“EEA”) and the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre (“MCCAC”) have partnered to launch a Community Generation Capacity Building (CGCB) Program. The purpose of this program is to provide funding for projects with activities focused on pre-development of a specific community generation facility or enabling the development of community generation projects through partnerships and tools.
All community groups as defined in the Small Scale Generation Regulation are eligible to apply to this program. A full list of eligible community groups are provided in the Program Guide. The following is a non-exhaustive list of the types of organizations who should consider applying:
- Condo boards
- Co-operative organizations
- Industry associations
- Irrigation districts
- Indigenous communities or organizations
- Not-for-profit corporations
- Post-secondary educational institutions
- Registered charities
- Rural utilities
- School board
The MCCAC will provide funding to projects where the recipient is an eligible Municipality as per the Municipal Government Act or the primary beneficiary of the project is one or more municipalities. EEA will provide funding to all other projects.
The CGCB Program will fund the following project types that build capacity within a community organization, or the Province, or which will contribute to the development of a specific community generation facility. Capital costs such as the purchase of equipment or construction of a community generation facility are not eligible for this program. The grant review committee can deem any activity ineligible at their discretion. Applications must identify which project type is being proposed based on the following 3 categories. If your project spans activities that include both Type 1 and Type 2 please clearly identify this in the application form.
Type 1: Technical development activities
Projects that are undertaking the following activity types: feasibility assessments, land use agreements, financial assessments, stakeholder engagement, environmental assessments, wildlife studies, drainage studies, hydrological studies, wage subsidies for a project manager or any other undertaking required in the pre-development stage of a specific community generation facility. Community generation projects must be renewable or alternative energy generation and meet the definition of a Community Generation facility as per the Small Scale Generation Regulation.
Type 2: Partnership development activities
Projects that are undertaking activities that will support partnerships required for the development of a community generation facility. This can include; legal services, financial analysis, community benefits agreement or community benefits statement support, or any other expense required to establish partnerships. Community generation projects must be renewable or alternative energy generation and meet the definition of a Community Generation facility as per the Regulation.
Type 3: Development of tools and training
Projects that undertake the development of a tool that can be leveraged by the renewable energy industry and will be publicly available. These tools must support the advancement of community generation facilities or the renewable energy industry in the Province of Alberta.
Examples of tools:
Financial modeling tools
Technical modelling tools
Guides to developing community generation projects
Projects that invest in skills training for Albertans specific to the development of future community generation projects. These projects must result in the increase in technical capacity and knowledge in community generation in the province.
Examples of training:
Developing curriculum for training programs
Developing specific training programs that will be available to all Albertans.
Funding will be awarded following the receipt and evaluation of all applications received on or before February 22, 2019 by 5 pm (Mountain Time) via e-mail to CGCB@efficiencyalberta.ca.
Evaluation criteria can be found here.
Successful applicants will be notified of the decision via e-mail. Funding will be provided following the decision. Successful applicants will be required to sign either a Participant Agreement with the MCCAC or a Grant Agreement with EEA (as applicable) prior to receiving funding.
How to Apply
Download the application form. Submit the application form along with all supporting documents, if any, to CGCB@efficiencyalberta.ca by February 22, 2019, 5 pm MT. Please use email subject line “CGCB Application - (Community/Organization Name)”.
The CGCB program will be funded by contributions from both the MCCAC and EEA.
- The MCCAC will provide funding to projects where the recipient is an eligible Municipality as per the Municipal Government Act or the primary beneficiary of the project is one or more municipalities. MCCAC funds will be disbursed toward one or more projects at the discretion of the grant review committee.
- EEA will provide funding to projects where the recipient is an eligible organization as per the remaining categories listed above. EEA funds will be disbursed toward one or more projects at the discretion of the grant review committee.
- There will be one grant review committee to address all applications. The grant review committee is made up of individuals from EEA and the MCCAC.
For projects seeking funding equal to or greater than $200,000, it is required that the recipient organization contribute a minimum of 10% of in-kind contributions or funds toward the total project budget. For example:
Total project budget: $250,000
Total required in-kind contributions: $25,000
Maximum grant allocation: $225,000
Organizations who participated in the 2018 CECB Program may apply for the purpose of extending their project. Maximum funding for any one single project is $500,000.
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Please send any other questions to CGCB@efficiencyalberta.ca.