The $300M Community Efficiency Financing (CEF) fund, launched on March 31st, 2020, supports municipalities and partner organizations in accelerating home energy projects utilizing innovative financing. This knowledge-exchange helps CUSP members and partners better understand CEP objectives, funding and capacity-building offers, while also helping funders and partners better understand municipal priorities and how they can be better supported.
Part 1: Background
This conversation led by Chris Boivin, Director of FCM’s Green Municipal Fund (GMF) provides an overview of the different components of the $1B in funding GMF received through federal budget 2019, and shares preliminary program elements that FCM is considering in the design of these programs, including the process and timing for their design and roll out.
Part 2: Introducing Community Efficiency Financing (CEF) Program
This conversation led by Marco Iacampo, the main architect of the CEF program, talks about program components and answers technical questions about the grant, loan and partial loan guarantee program. He is then joined by Robin Goldstein of FCM’s Knowledge Services, who talks about the capacity building opportunities (peer learning, education resources, readiness assessment tool, etc.) that accompany the CEF funding offer.
key dates and resources
Additional details about FCM’s multiyear, multi-phased CEF program is available here: https://fcm.ca/en/programs/green-municipal-fund/community-efficiency-financing