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, 2022. 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 (

Current Projects:

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 per cent ($360,000) is being covered by the GHG grant. 

Construction is expected to begin in Spring 2020 and be complete by Fall 2020. 

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.


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