Local Food Infrastructure Fund re-opens with increased funding

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Author: Sustain Ontario

Posted: July 12, 2021

Categories: Funding Opportunities / GoodFoodBites

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) has announced the reopening of the Local Food Infrastructure Fund with additional funding to address pandemic-related food security pressures.

Applications for the new intake will be accepted from July 12, 2021, until August 13, 2021, depending on funding availability. Eligible applicants are not-for-profit organizations that have been in operation for at least two years, or Indigenous groups. The Fund is supporting $23 million in projects in 2021-22.

This new application intake will provide grants between $15,000 and $100,000 to help prevent hunger through investments in infrastructure needs. Project impacts must be targeted, immediate, and directly related to addressing food insecurity and increasing the accessibility of healthy, nutritious and ideally local foods within the community.

Since it was launched in August 2019, the Fund has committed $27 million to support over 625 food security projects across Canada, including community gardens and kitchens, refrigerated trucks and storage units, and greenhouses in remote and northern communities.

The Local Food Infrastructure Fund is a 5 year, $60 million initiative ending March 31, 2024. It was launched in August 2019 under the Food Policy for Canada.

Read more in the AAFC news release here.