We are seeking small to mid-sized communities interested in accelerating projects and plans to save energy and emissions to participate in a three-year Net-Zero Communities Accelerator Program.

Eligible applicants include local governments (Indigenous, municipal, regional or a group of small communities and/or Indigenous communities), or organizations applying on behalf of a local government or a group of local governments (e.g. a local energy distributor, Indigenous group, or not-for-profit organization). Applications are being accepted from across Canada. For more information, download the project backgrounder.

If you are interested in submitting an Expression of Interest please complete the following information by October 17, 2021.

Please note that this is a call for expressions of interest to gauge interest in such a program and to support a funding application that will be submitted in October 2021. Funding is not yet confirmed. QUEST will provide updates to applicants as we receive news.

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* 1. Contact Information

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* 2. What community are you applying on behalf of? (list lead community and participating communities if applying on behalf of more than one)

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* 3. What size is your community? (select one)

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* 4. Is your community an Indigenous community? (select one)

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* 5. Does your community have an integrated community energy and emissions plan (or a related plan that evaluates a community’s existing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in order to reduce energy consumption and emissions, improve efficiency, and increase the local renewable energy supply and integrates energy considerations into decision-making processes and community energy processes and systems such as transportation, land use, waste, water, etc.)? (select one)

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* 6. Does your community have an energy-related initiative (ex: property assessed clean energy, solar power installations, EV charging network, etc.) scoped and potential partners identified but lacks the resources to move it forward?

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* 7. If yes to #6 above, please provide details about the type of initiative (program, project, policy), potential energy and/or emissions savings, potential costs, identified partners, and other high-level details you deem relevant.

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* 8. If yes to #6 above, what sector(s) does your project impact? (check all that apply)

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* 9. What benefits are you expecting to receive by participating in the Net-Zero Communities Accelerator Program?

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* 10. Are you able to commit up to 24 days (Capacity Development and Planning category) or 30 days (Project Initiation category) over 24 months to participate in the scorecard project? (select one)

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* 11. Are you able to provide a letter of commitment to accompany funding proposals for this program? (select one)

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* 12. Is there anything else you’d like to add?

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