AUGUST 18, 2020 – The Government of British Columbia is accepting applications from local governments, First Nations, Indigenous organizations, not-for-profit and for-profit organizations looking for investment in clean energy projects.
More specifically, the applications are open to projects that manage renewable energy, improve access to clean-energy transportation, improve energy efficiency of buildings or help generate clean energy to reduce community reliance on fossil fuels, a government release stated.
“Our government is helping communities build cleaner, better infrastructure that will support good jobs for people through new clean-energy projects, better transportation options and more efficient buildings and community spaces. 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, focused on people, our climate commitments and a cleaner, better future for everyone,” said B.C. Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy George Heyman in a statement.
The funding will come through B.C. and the Government of Canada through the CleanBC Communities Fund. The second intake is supported by $25.9 million in federal funding and $21.5 million in provincial funding for a combined investment up to $47.4 million. The first intake committed $63 million to CleanBC Communities Fund projects.
“Investing in green infrastructure, such as electric-vehicle charging stations or clean-energy projects, is essential to providing our kids and grandkids with a healthy sustainable future. Together with B.C., we are helping communities in every corner of the province build cleaner, more resilient infrastructure that will make a real difference in people’s lives,” added federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Catherine McKenna.
B.C. is administering the CleanBC Communities Fund and will accept funding applications for the second intake until Nov. 12 with approvals expected in 2021.
More information on the CleanBC Communities Fund is available online.