Energy

GHG Grant Program for Government

The Government of the Northwest Territories’ (GNWT) GHG Grant Program for Government is an application based non-repayable grant program designed to support greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction projects and initiatives for NWT community governments, municipalities, GNWT departments, and Indigenous governments (which includes band or tribal councils, land-claim organizations, development corporations and self-governments).

Funding and resources for this program have been provided jointly by the GNWT in support of the GNWT’s 2030 Energy Strategy, and by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) under the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund (LCELF) in support of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.

The program is accepting applications on an annual basis over the next three years. The program ends March 31, 2024. Examples of potential projects include:

  • Building energy retrofits
  • Biomass boilers and district heating
  • Renewable energy for space or water heating
  • Non-infrastructure transportation initiatives
  • Fuel switching to lower GHG emissions
  • Waste-to-energy initiatives
  • Methane capture and use
  • Energy retrofits to mobile equipment

Applicants may receive up to 75% of eligible project costs from the GHG Grant Program. There is no maximum grant request per applicant, and a single non-GNWT applicant may seek the entire yearly allocation. However, there may be other competitive applicants requesting funding and the GNWT may choose to support multiple projects over just one.

The GHG Grant Program is designed to fill a gap in funding for larger GHG reduction initiatives. There is a minimum grant size to be eligible for these funds. The GNWT provides smaller grants through the Arctic Energy Alliance (AEA). Contact AEA for more details on smaller grant initiatives (aea.nt.ca).

Current Projects:

 

Gwich'in Tribal Council Multi-Use Camp Biomass Heating

The Gwich'in Tribal Council was approved for a grant of $235,000 under the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Grant Program for Government on May 26, 2021.

The approved project is a dual fuel 60 kW biomass system installed inside a 20-foot shipping container to heat camp buildings at a remote site. The total project cost of $313,950. The project is expected to reduce up to 88 tonnes of GHG emissions and offset operational costs.

Installation is expected to begin in the summer of 2022 and be operational by fall 2022.

 

Yellowknife Catholic Schools Wood Pellet Boiler Project at École St. Patrick High and Weledeh Catholic Schools in Yellowknife

On April 20, 2021, Yellowknife Catholic Schools (YCS) was approved for a grant of $928,125 under the GHG Grant Program for Governments.

As part of the project, YCS will install a 540 kW wood pellet boiler that will serve both École St.Patrick School and Weledeh Catholic School.  Both schools are currently heated with 3 oil-fired boilers.

With this new wood pellet boiler installation, oil consumption is anticipated to be reduced by 90%, representing 161,925 liters of oil annually. This will also reduce GHG emissions by 449 tonnes of CO2e per year.  There are also projected annual operating cost savings of about $78,600 per year. 

The total eligible cost of the project is $1,237,500.  As noted, under the GHG Grant Program for Governments the GNWT will be providing $928,125 with the balance of the funding provided by YCS in the amount of $309,375. 

Installation is expected to be completed in 2022.

 

Fort Smith Electric Heat Project

The Town of Fort Smith was awarded $360,000 under the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Grant Program for Government on January 19, 2020.
 
The project proposal includes conducting energy efficient and heating upgrades in three municipal buildings: a water treatment plant, animal shelter and public works garage. The water treatment plant and public works garage will switch to electric heat, taking advantage of the electric heating rate incentive in that region. 

This project is expected to reduce up to 510 tonnes of GHG emissions and reduce operational costs by up to $67,000 per year.
  
The total cost of the project is expected to be up to $480,000. Of that total, 75 % ($360,000) is being funded by the GHG Grant Program and the remainder is contributed by the recipient.

These energy efficient upgrades are expected to be completed by Fall 2021. 

 
YK1 School Board Biomass Heating

The Yellowknife Education District No. 1 (YK1) school board was awarded $1.05 million under the GHG Grant Program for Government on April 30, 2020 
 
The project proposal includes the installation of wood pellet boilers in two Yellowknife school facilities — Mildred Hall School and Range Lake School. Both installations are expected to reduce up to 578 tonnes of GHG emissions annually. In addition to this reduction in annual emissions, the schools’ cost of operations may drop by up to $97,000 per year.
 
The total cost of the project is expected to be up to $1.4 million. Of that total, 75 per cent ($1.05 million) is being covered by the GHG Grant Program.

The project is expected to begin in Spring 2020 and be complete by the end of Summer 2021. 

How to Apply:

If you have any questions or would like further information about the GHG Grant Program, please refer to our Freqently Asked Questions page, or contact the Program Coordinator by email, phone or standard mail.

Email: GHGGrant@gov.nt.ca

Phone: 1-867-767-9021, ext, 32026

Standard Mail:

GNWT GHG Grant Coordinator
Energy Division
Department of Infrastructure
Government of the Northwest Territories
P.O. Box 1320
Yellowknife, NT
X1A 2L9