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Community Energy Innovation Fund

Community Energy Innovation Fund

Now Accepting Applications! Deadline is Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 4 p.m.

The Community Energy Innovation Fund (CEIF) provides funding to local, community-based projects that support Energy Evolution: Ottawa’s Community Energy Transition Strategy. The vision for Energy Evolution is to transform Ottawa into a thriving city powered by clean, renewable energy by:

  • Reducing energy use through conservation and efficiency
  • Increasing the supply of renewable energy through local and regional production
  • Prioritizing the procurement of clean, renewable energy

In addition, eight goals were established as part of Energy Evolution to further support the achieving the vision. They are:

  • Help meet or exceed locally established energy reduction targets.
  • Develop local renewable energy generation opportunities.
  • Improve energy security.
  • Create greater opportunities for residents to own or invest in local energy systems and businesses.
  • Reduce environmental impact.
  • Complement long term municipal land use, transportation and infrastructure master plans.
  • Advance economic development objectives.
  • Bring groups together to facilitate info sharing and development of joint solutions.

Who Can Apply?

Applicants must be community groups, service groups, non-profit organizations, local businesses, or Business Improvement Areas that are in good financial standing and located in the City of Ottawa.

Organizations not eligible for funding include:

  • Individuals.
  • Government agencies.
  • Organizations with political affiliations or which participate in political activities.
  • Organizations which act primarily as a funding source for other groups.
  • Faith organizations where the services/activities include the promotion and/or required adherence to a faith.

Project Funding

The CEIF has a total one-time budget amount of $500,000.  Types of projects to be considered for funding may include, but are not limited to, projects that increase energy literacy, encourage behavioural changes, pilot emerging technologies, and/or enable innovative approaches to energy conservation and efficiency or renewable energy generation.

CEIF will not fund the following activities:

  • Projects that financially benefit for-profit companies, groups or other organizations
  • Staffing, ongoing operating costs or travel costs for Team Members
  • Major costs including the purchase/rental of vehicles or large equipment, or the purchase/construction of new buildings
  • Research or scientific studies
  • Business development plans
  • Marketing campaigns or conferences
  • Food or refreshments (including alcohol)
  • Deficit financing for organizations in debt
  • Projects that directly duplicate work already being done by the City or other community organizations
  • Projects outside the City of Ottawa
  • Costs incurred before a funding decision is made

Submitting your Application

Applications must be submitted by Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 4 p.m. Late applications will not be considered. Only one application per organization will be accepted.

CEIF application form [ PDF 195 KB ]

Completed applications and supporting documentation can be submitted to the CEIF Coordinator by email or mail to:

City of Ottawa
Planning, Infrastructure, and Economic Development Department
110 Laurier Avenue West, 4th Floor (01-15), Ottawa, ON K1P1J1

Applicants may be contacted at any point in the application process by the CEIF Coordinator should additional information be required regarding the applicant or the project.

Project Selection and Notifications

Upon receipt of the application, the applicant and the project proposal will be assessed against the eligibility criteria by the CEIF Coordinator.  If the application meets the criteria, it will be reviewed by the Allocation Panel.

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • Are community-based initiatives that benefit the residents of Ottawa.
  • Support a sustained transition away from fossil fuels towards a low carbon economy and the goals of Energy Evolution.
  • Establish realistic project goals and objectives.
  • Demonstrate ability and experience to execute the project.
  • Leverage local community partnerships.
  • Establish feasible and attainable timelines and resource requirements.
  • Demonstrate value for money and realistic project costs (consideration will be given to in-kind contributions and other sources of funding secured).
  • Establish an evaluation plan that demonstrates how outcomes will be measured (including measuring energy and greenhouse gas reductions).
  • Establish a feasibility plan for how the project will be sustained after City funding is completed.
  • Demonstrate potential for replication and scaling up of the project.
  • Does not duplicate another program being delivered in the community by another organization.
  • Obtain all necessary permits and approvals before submission of application.

All applicants will be notified by email on the outcome of their application.  Successful funding recipients will receive an email outlining the total amount awarded, the terms and conditions for receipt of funding, and funding disbursement schedule.   Funding recipients will also be required to sign a funding agreement, which outlines all conditions attached to the use of funds.


All successful applicants are required to submit a Project Evaluation Report at the completion of their project detailing how the funding was used.  Applicants requiring more than one year to complete their project will be required to submit an interim Project Evaluation Report. Failure to provide any of the required reports may result in the applicant being ineligible for any subsequent funding.


Should you have any questions regarding the program, please contact:

Jen Brown
CEIF Coordinator 
613-580-2424, ext. 27914