Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities: Capacity Building Stream

 

The 2nd Call for Preliminary Proposals under the CERRC Capacity Building Stream is now closed.

Preliminary proposals will be reviewed to determine which projects best meet the objectives of the call.

Early June, 2019
Successful preliminary proposals will be invited to submit a full proposal for funding consideration.

Phase 2: Fall, 2019
Successful Phase 2 project funding will be available and finalized.

Please note that no further Calls for Proposals are scheduled at this time.

Program Background

This program supports community-level capacity building that will increase clean energy opportunities, including renewables and energy efficiency, and contribute to reducing diesel reliance in rural and/or remote communities. Proposals should relate to one of the following streams and may propose projects over 1 to 5 years starting in 2019/20. They include:

  • Scaling up, modifying or improving curriculum and technical training
    Development and delivery of training for communities that build skills or knowledge.
  • Network development / peer-to-peer learning opportunities
    Connecting community leaders with each other and supporting/developing community networks or initiatives.
  • Community energy planning or community energy literacy
    Development of community energy plans or community energy literacy for rural and remote communities, on a regional basis.
  • Other
    Working on something interesting?
    Proposals outside of these streams could be accepted provided they relate to the program objective of supporting community-level capacity building that will increase clean energy opportunities, including renewables and energy efficiency, and contribute to reducing reliance on diesel in rural and remote communities.

Note: Applicants will be asked to describe the participation, engagement, and/or leadership of women and youth in their proposed clean energy activities, which is a priority. Please consider how women and youth may be involved in your project as you apply.

Note: Capacity building activities related to a specific project (e.g., training a wind technician to manage a wind deployment project) are not eligible for the capacity building stream, but are eligible activities for a project proposal to NRCan’s Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities  (Deployment, Demonstration or BioHeat streams).

Funding guidelines

Average project funding will be $100,000—$300,000, dependent on size, scope, timeline and leveraged funding. Projects outside this range will be considered on an individual basis.

Is this program for you?

This program prioritizes community-led projects that build champions for sustainability, and that link the project’s broad impacts to a larger community/regional vision.

Partnerships between multiple communities or communities with other groups are strongly encouraged.

Communities are able to partner with a variety of other eligible recipients that are legal entities incorporated or registered in Canada including:

  • For-profit and not-for-profit organizations
    Utilities, industry associations, research associations, regional and community development corporations.
  • Governments
    Provincial, territorial, regional and municipal governments, their departments and agencies.
  • Indigenous organizations
    Governments, councils, for-profit and non-profit organizations.

Preference will be given to organizations that have established relationship in the region of operation and/or are Indigenous.

How the selection process works

Call for preliminary proposals

The call for preliminary proposals has two phases in an effort to reduce the time required by applicants and the time it takes for NRCan to reply. 

Phase 1:

Step 1

Applicants complete a registration form.

Step 2

An applicant guide with instructions, and template is emailed to you once your submission has been processed.

Step 3

Applicants submit their preliminary proposal to NRCAN Remote Energy  Note: The deadline for preliminary proposals has passed. No further calls for proposals are planned at this time.

Receive feedback on your preliminary proposal.

A limited number of applicants will be invited to submit a full application for funding.

NRCan recommends that applicants keep a record of the date and time their preliminary proposal was submitted.

Preliminary proposals will be reviewed to determine which projects best meet the objectives of the call. Invited proposals will represent a suite of project ideas that exhibit regional distribution, Indigenous participation, community-driven approaches, and various levels of capacity and readiness.

Phase 2:

Beginning of June
Successful preliminary proposals will be invited to submit funding eligible proposals to Phase 2.

Fall, 2019
Successful Phase 2 project funding will be available and finalized.

Frequently Asked Questions

A list of commonly asked questions and their answers will be maintained on this site. It will be updated as often as required. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn about other Government of Canada initiatives to reduce reliance on diesel.

If you have any questions, please contact the program team.