Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities: Capacity Building Stream


This program is seeking proposals that outline knowledge and skill-building initiatives to reduce dependency on diesel in rural and remote communities. Proposals may cover one or more streams and may propose projects over 1 to 6 years starting in 2018/19. They include:

  • Curriculum and technical training
    Building skills and knowledge, eligible projects could include adding and/or updating modules to existing courses or expanding a current program in a new area.

  • Network development or support
    Connecting community leaders or developing community networks related to renewable energy development, reduction of reliance on diesel or energy efficiency.

  • Youth and energy
    Improving energy literacy, job availability and skills of youth in clean energy fields.

  • Women and energy
    Improving energy literacy, job availability and skills of women in clean energy fields.

  • Community energy planning or resource assessments
    Completing community energy visioning, developing community energy plans or resource assessments on a regional basis or for individual communities.

  • Other
    Working on something interesting?
    Proposals outside of these streams could be accepted provided they relate to the program objective of reducing reliance on diesel in rural and remote communities.

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—$400,000, dependent on size, scope, timeline and leveraged funding. Projects outside this range will be considered on an individual basis.

Is this program for you?

Community-led solutions are our priority. Partnerships between multiple communities or communities with other groups are also 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.

How to apply: Submission process

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. A second round of funding will be announced at a later date.

Phase 1:

Step 1

Complete the registration form and submit to the call for preliminary proposals.

An applicant guide with directions, and template will be emailed once your submission has been processed.

Step 2

Submit your preliminary proposal by April 10, 2018, 23:59 EDT. Only preliminary proposals submitted before the deadline will be accepted.

Keep a record of the date and time your preliminary proposal was submitted.

Step 3

Receive feedback on your preliminary proposal.

A limited number of applicants will then be invited to submit an application for funding.


Preliminary proposals will be reviewed to determine which projects best meet the objectives of the call. Chosen projects will represent regional distribution and Indigenous participation.

April to May, 2018
Successful preliminary proposals will be invited to submit funding eligible proposals to Phase 2.

Phase 2:

Late summer to early fall, 2018
Successful Phase 2 project funding will be available and finalized.

Register for the applicant guide and template

Your preliminary proposal must be submitted by April 10, 2018, (23:59 EDT) to be considered for first review and be invited to submit a funding eligible proposal for 2018–2019.

Register now
ONLY if you cannot connect to the Register Now button above, please email the program to receive your Applicants’ Package

Natural Resources Canada recommends applicants keep a record of the date and time their proposal was submitted.

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

Application Q&A opportunities:


Materials from the Capacity Building Webinar

NRCan hosted a webinar to introduce our program and provide an overview of the application process.

For a copy of the presentation and link to the recording please email the program.


Are you in a remote community and are experiencing difficulties in accessing or viewing the recordings? We can mail out an electronic copy of the recording, the slides and the application materials. To request these files, please email:

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