New Phase Launched of Local Food Infrastructure Fund

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Author: Sustain Ontario

Posted: May 4, 2023

Categories: Funding Opportunities / GoodFoodBites

AAFC's Local Food Infrastructure FundA new intake of the Local Food Infrastructure Fund has just opened. Applications are currently being accepted from May 4 to May 31, 2023 (depending on funding availability).

The Local Food Infrastructure Fund (LFIF) supports community-led projects that strengthen food systems and help to facilitate access to safe and nutritious food for at-risk Canadians. It was created as part of the Government of Canada’s Food Policy for a healthier and more sustainable food system in Canada.

Through Budget 2023, LFIF has received an additional $10 million to help increase food security in communities across Canada. This new phase of LFIF will provide rapid-response funding in the range of $15,000 to $120,000 per project to help improve food security in communities through investments in equipment and infrastructure needs.

Eligible applicants must be capable of entering into a legally-binding agreement and are:

  • Not-for-profit organizations that have been in operation for at least two years as a legal entity;
  • Indigenous (First Nation, Métis, and Inuit); or
  • Municipalities and Regional Governments

Eligible projects must be:

  • Simple infrastructure requests with a targeted and immediate impact to improving access to local and healthy foods for Canadians at risk of food insecurity;
  • Funding requests between $15,000 and $120,000; and,
  • Completed by March 31, 2024

The LFIF has, for example, enabled applicants to build cold rooms, establish commercial-type kitchens, create community gardens, build greenhouses or purchase refrigerated trucks.

Learn more and apply on the Government of Canada website here.