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Local Food Infrastructure Fund


The Local Food Infrastructure Fund aims to strengthen food systems to be resilient, integrated and sustainable, and to facilitate access to safe and nutritious food, primarily for the less privileged.


The fund consists of two streams.


The first, entitled Infrastructure and Equipment Improvement Projects, aims to enable small community-based organizations to improve their infrastructure and purchase equipment that is directly related to the accessibility of healthy, nutritious, and ideally local foods within their community.


The second stream, entitled Projects to Strengthen Local Food Systems, targets groups of community, municipal, private, academic and other organizations that collectively have the mission to reduce food insecurity in a sustainable manner by strengthening or establishing a local food system.


Stream 1: Infrastructure and Equipment Improvement Projects


Under Stream 1, three calls for proposals will be launched over a period of five years. The first projects may be submitted to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada between August 15, 2019 and November 1, 2019.


Eligible Applicants

The eligible applicants are:

  • community or charitable organizations, not-for-profit

  • Indigenous organizations

  • municipal and regional governments in areas where there are no not-for-profit organizations that provide food services

To be eligible, an organization must:

  • have been in operation for at least two years

  • demonstrate the viability and sustainability of the services to be supported by the project

  • be a legal entity capable of entering into a legally binding agreement


Eligible projects and costs

  • Capital assets and equipment for the collective production of food such as community kitchens, community gardens, urban farms, etc.

  • Equipment needed for the preparation, refrigeration, distribution and storage of food, etc.

  • Vehicles and transport equipment such as refrigerated trucks, trailers, etc.

  • Technology systems including digital, production or distribution platforms, etc.

  • Energy systems such as greenhouses, solar panels, etc.

  • Water infrastructure including irrigation systems, rainwater capture, etc.

  • Labour associated with the completion of the project (excluding normal operations of the organization)

Cost Sharing

Applicants are eligible to receive up to $25,000 in non-repayable funding. Only one proposal can be submitted.


As a general rule, applicants must demonstrate that they and their local partners contribute up to 50% in cash, materials and time associated with the project.


The department’s contribution could exceed 50% for projects that specifically target the most vulnerable populations.


Assessment Process

Proposals will be evaluated based on merit and the following criteria and the availability of the funding envelope:


  • Impact in the community (fills an actual food-related need, number of beneficiaries, etc.)

  • Relevance of the project to the local context (food security, access to traditional foods for Indigenous communities, etc.)

  • Mobilization of the community (concrete participation of various partners, financial or in-kind contributions, etc.)

  • Long-term sustainability of the project (technical, financial and management capacity of the organization)

Stream 2: Projects to Strengthen Local Food Systems

The second stream, entitled Projects to Strengthen Local Food Systems, targets groups of community, municipal, private, academic and other organizations that collectively have the mission to reduce food insecurity in a sustainable manner by strengthening or establishing a local food system.


Applicants may receive up to $250,000 in non-repayable financial assistance for capital and food equipment. This will be a three-year multi-year, non-recurring funding.


Following a consultation with stakeholders, a single call for proposals will be launched in early 2020. Feedback on the subject can already be shared through our online consultation.

Source: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada: http://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/programs-and-services/local-food-infrastructure-fund/?id=1560701480448


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