Sustain Ontario seeking community to collaborate on OTF Seed Grant Application for Social System Mapping Pilot in your region

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Author: Josie Di Felice

Posted: January 22, 2020

Categories: GoodFoodBites / News from Sustain Ontario / Opportunities

Sustain Ontario is looking for a community to collaborate on an OTF Seed grant application in the Connected People stream, with the priority outcome ‘Diverse groups work better together to shape community’. We are proposing a pilot project to map the relationships, organizational priorities, funding priorities and interests of a wide range of community food system actors within a single region. Using a social system mapping process, the pilot project will encourage new relationships and strengthen existing ones, while identifying missing voices and opportunities to initiate collaborative projects, and providing an example to other communities. Sustain Ontario sees this as an opportunity to pilot a social system mapping process that we could learn from and introduce to other communities in Ontario at a future stage.

The intended goals of this project are to:

  1. identify relationships and connections within the community as well as to shed light on who is missing from current food system conversations,
  2. provide opportunities for relationship building,
  3. enable the community to initiate collaborative food system projects that could leverage each other’s assets, and
  4. share learnings to facilitate the use of social mapping in other communities.

Sustain Ontario anticipates that the mapping process will allow the specific community to understand who is at the table and who isn’t, to enable open and diverse conversations, and to encourage respectful and collaborative problem solving around their community food system issues.

If your organization is interested, please contact us by Friday, January 24 with two reasons why your region is ready/suitable for this pilot, and a brief description of your organization’s capacity to act as regional lead for the grant.

With OTF’s focus on evaluating impact within a specific geographic community, the organization acting as regional lead will be identified as the applicant on the grant. Sustain Ontario will provide core staff to take on the survey development and implementation, as well as data analysis.

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