Smart Renewables and Electrification Pathways (SREPs) Program: Capacity Building Stream

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Through the SREPs capacity building stream, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) will provide funding for projects that build knowledge and skills related to renewable energy and grid modernization technologies, and also support equity, diversity and inclusion activities. These projects will enable communities and individuals to participate in the Canadian electricity and energy sector’s transition to low carbon.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is up to 100% of eligible expenses, to a maximum of $5 million for each project. Applicants can combine other sources of Government of Canada funding (federal, provincial, territorial, and municipal), up to 100% of total project costs.
The program anticipates that the requested funding for a project will vary based on its size, scope, timeline and funding obtained from other partners.

Deadline: January 31, 2024

Applicants must be:

  • Canadian legal entities (such as for-profit and not-for-profit);
  • provincial, territorial, regional or municipal government organizations;
  • Indigenous communities or organizations.

    Projects must meet one or more of the following program objectives:
  • enhance equity, diversity and inclusion in the electricity and renewable energy sector in Canada;
  • increase Indigenous Peoples’ leadership and participation in, ownership of, and benefits from renewable energy projects;
  • generate economic and social benefits related to the electricity and renewable energy sector for underrepresented groups or communities;
  • lead to more renewable energy projects, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and increased electricity system reliability.
Application Steps:

Applicants must:

1. request a proposal template by emailing the program mailbox: sreps-erite@nrcan-rncan.gc.cawith subject line “SREPs Capacity Building: Request for Proposal template.”

2. submit the completed proposal as a Word file and as a signed PDF (digitally signed or photograph of the signature page) to the program email above. Support letters from participating communities and organizations are strongly encouraged.

An automatic reply will inform applicants that their submission has been received. Applicants who do not receive an automatic message, should send a separate email to the program mailbox.

All applicants will receive a funding decision by email. Please refer to Supplementary Information for service standards and notification timelines.

If support is needed while completing the proposal process, please contact us at:

Documentation Needed:

No specific documentation has been identified.

Other Things to Note:

The Smart Renewables and Electrification Pathways Program (SREPs) is launching 2 requests for proposals (RFP) in November 2023:
- RFP for the Capacity Building Stream
- RFP for Indigenous Engagement Grants
While proposal intake has not yet commenced, an Applicant Guide is now available for both RFPs. Please note that eligible activities under this Capacity Building RFP are narrower in scope compared to the previous RFP held in Fall 2021. Date modified: 2023-11-02

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