Organics Infrastructure Program

In December 2017, the Government of Canada announced it is providing 'Low Carbon Economy Funding' to the Province of B.C. in support of projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The B.C. Government has identified matching funds to support organic waste processing infrastructure to increase municipal organics diversion and management of agricultural waste. The Organics Infrastructure Program combines $10 million of federal funding from the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund, $10 million of provincial funding, and a $10 million contribution from recipients and/or their partners.

About the Program

The Organics Infrastructure Program will facilitate the investment of $30 million towards organics processing infrastructure in British Columbia, such as composting facilities or anaerobic digesters. The infrastructure will divert unprocessed municipal organic waste from landfills and/or agricultural waste from direct land application, with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The B.C. Government collected submissions from local governments (municipalities, regional districts and self-governing First Nations with modern treaties) through an Expression of Interest (EOI) process. The submission period was open from September 7 to November 30, 2018. An Expression of Interest must have been submitted during this time in order to submit a formal application. Grants will be awarded in the Summer of 2019.

How to Apply

First, please read through the program Application Guide (the guide) and review the following tools before proceeding.

The guide contains important information for you to consider before you apply, during your application, and when funding recipients are selected. Specifically, the guide will support you with determining your eligibility, understanding funding amounts, offer guidance on each of the application questions, describe how projects will be evaluated, and describe other requirements, such as those for consultation and environmental assessment. The application period closes May 22, 2019 at 11:59 pm Pacific Daylight Time.

Tools

The following tools will be needed to submit a complete application to this funding opportunity:

  1. Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Calculator (XLS)
  2. GHG Calculator Guide (PDF)
    1. Calculator Appendices (PDF)
  3. Transportation Emissions Calculator (XLS)
  4. Example text for local Government resolution (PDF) - example of wording used as part of a council's resolution to participate in the program
  5. Detailed Cost Estimate (XLS)

Steps

  • Determine if your organization and project are eligible to receive funding under this program. (Refer to Application Guide).
  • Check online system to see if you have a business BCeID linked to the online application portal. If not, complete these steps:
    • Establish a business BCeID for your organization
    • Contact the BCeID Account/Profile Manager in your organization to obtain a unique Business BCeID
    • Have your Business BCeID linked to the online system (staff from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing will contact all EOI applicants to complete this step)  
  • Calculate your GHG emission reductions using the two GHG calculators provided (tools 1 and 3)
    • Note: the GHG Calculator (1) was designed for a constant waste growth rate. If you believe a varying waste growth rate would be more applicable to your project, then please calculate a weighted average organic waste growth rate using the Weighted Average Calculator (XLS) for input into the GHG Calculator
  • Complete the online application, and upload your mandatory documents (using the tools above):
    • Greenhouse gas calculators (tools 1 and 3)
    • Council/Board/Band Council Resolution (tool 4)
    • Letters of support from project partners
    • Detailed timeline
    • Detailed cost estimate (tool 5)
    • Copies of licenses, permits and/or approvals already obtained
    • Proof of site ownership, and if site is owned by a partner, proof of agreement that the facility can be built on this property
    • Evidence of secured funds

This project is funded in part by the government of Canada