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Community Energy Diesel Reduction

The CEDR Program provides non-repayable funding contributions for clean energy initiatives to eligible remote communities that are off-grid residential regions that rely on diesel fuel for electricity generation. British Columbia has approximately forty-four (44) remote communities, most of which are governed by First Nations. Many of these remote communities are served by BC Hydro, while some own and operate their own diesel generators. In 2019, the remote communities consumed at least 19.1 million litres of diesel, emitting 51,784 tonnes CO2e.

Remote communities will have access to three funding streams to support them as they progress through various stages of their planning and implementation of their decarbonization projects. This will ensure remote communities have financial supports throughout the lifecycle of their energy projects that meets them at the stage where they are at, whether it be at the beginning, early, mid, or late stages of planning or implementation of their decarbonization projects.

The CEDR Program was developed in partnership with Coast Funds and the B.C. Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation as part of the Ministry’s Remote Community Energy Strategy to achieve the CleanBC goal of reducing diesel electricity generation and heating in remote communities by 80% by 2030.

To learn more about CleanBC’s Remote Community Energy Strategy, please visit their website.

Initiative Goals

The goal of the CEDR Program is to:

  • Build remote community capacity to reduce reliance on diesel fuel for electricity generation and lead energy efficiency and clean energy projects;
  • Support remote community efforts to improve energy performance and minimize greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in new and existing buildings;
  • Implement renewable energy generation projects to offset diesel generation.

Before You Apply

Prior to starting the enrolment/application process, please ensure that the First Nation or organization as applicant is associated with an eligible remote community. If you have any questions regarding your organization’s eligibility, please connect with us at [email protected]

Funding Streams

There are three broad streams of funding support that an eligible remote community can access throughout the lifecycle of their clean energy initiatives:

Eligible applicants are First Nations and remote communities that are off-grid communities that rely on diesel fuel for electricity generation and are listed in the eligible applicant table below.

The tables below identify the updated list of eligible remote communities in B.C. with diesel generating stations, along with First Nations supplied by each station.

List Of Eligible Applicants

Program Enrolment Process

We appreciate your interest in applying for a CEDR grant from the New Relationship Trust. To better understand whether we can fund your community energy project and to what extent, please fill out the expression of interest form in the link below. After you submit the form, we’ll contact you to discuss the process and next steps.

Step 1: Expression Of Interest (EOI)

You can express interest in the CEDR Program in one of two ways.

You can send us an email at [email protected] that includes responses to the Expression of Interest form below: or,
Submit the Expression of Interest Form below

Step 2: Complete A Full Application

Once the EOI submission has been evaluated and the follow-up process has been completed, the CEDR Program staff will invite approved applicants to complete a full application. The CEDR Program staff will support, cultivate and complete applications as much as possible through the EOI process.

The CEDR Program funding guide can be viewed or downloaded below.


The CEDR Program will incorporate a criteria based process for selecting remote communities for the various streams of funding. The CEDR Program Staff will assess submitted applications and place them at the appropriate funding stream stage with access to additional funding based on project development progress.

A multi-stakeholder Advisory Committee will review staff recommended applications and make decisions about program enrolment and funding allocations to approved projects.

Successful applicants can anticipate a communication from the CEDR Program staff within six (6) weeks of the submitted application date.

Capacity Development Opportunities

The CEDR Program is intended to have an integrated approach to capacity development. We encourage applicants of the CEDR Program to explore capacity development funding from Coastal First Nations for salary, training, and learning support for staff to facilitate the planning and implementation of energy efficiency and renewable energy generation projects that lead to GHG emission reductions and other community energy objectives.

Contact Us

The CEDR Program staff encourage potential applications to reach out, if you have questions, require assistance, or wish to request support on submitting an EOI or Application. Please email [email protected]

To learn more about our funding opportunities, resources, or other information, contact us.