The rise of diet-related illnesses among children and youth has prompted many organizations to develop programs that focus on building physical and mental health in kids. The literature evaluating these programs highlights the need for further research on food behaviour interventions for children and youth. Community Food Centres Canada is eager to learn from, and share, the success and knowledge from innovative food programs targeting this demographic. The Child and Youth Innovation Grant Stream supports Good Food Organizations to develop, implement, and share innovative programs that use food skills as a way to build long-term health in different aged children.

Applicants are expected to develop or propose programs based on the latest research on best practices for healthy eating programs for children and youth, and are aligned with the Good Food Principles. These are learning grants so there is an expectation that successful applicants be willing to share their models, resources, and results with Community Food Centres Canada, the Good Food Organizations and Community Food Centres.

These grants have been made available through generous funding from the Lawson Foundation.

Number of grants available: 4

Amount of each grant: $25,000

Term of grant: 1-year

Deadline: November 16 2018


  1. Grant guidelines (pdf)
  2. Application form (doc)


  1. Best Practices in Healthy Eating Programs for Children & Youth Literature Review (link)
  2. Good Food Principles + Examples (pdf)
  3. Good Food Rules (link)

To be eligible for a Child & Youth Innovation Grant, your organization must:

  1. Be a registered Canadian charity or other qualified donee*;
  2. Have applied and been accepted as a Good Food Organization by Community Food Centres Canada;
  3. Implement CFCC-developed indicators and evaluation tools;
  4. Share program resources, tools, and the knowledge learned from the grant with other Good Food Organizations and Community Food Centres; and
  5. Share stories, pictures and other media with CFCC, which may be used in communication materials to funders and supporters.

Organizations that have been funded through grant stream in the past may apply but it must be for a different program, and not what was previously funded.

*Community Food Centres Canada will consider not-for-profit organizations whose application for funding is facilitated through a registered Canadian charity (i.e. a registered charity acts as a trustee for the project and flows the grant funds through to the not-for-profit organizations).

Please feel free to contact CFCC staff should you have questions or wish to discuss your proposal. Please contact:

Bronwyn Whyte
Senior Manager, Partnership Development

416-531-8826  Ext. 242


FoodFit is a program initiative at CFCC designed to bring low-income community members together to set goals, learn skills, and make measurable changes in overall health and fitness. The goal of the FoodFit program is to have community members who are better nourished, more active, less socially isolated, with an improved ability to make personal changes toward a healthier lifestyle.

The 12 week program combines fun, hands-on cooking sessions and food-based activities, easy-to-understand nutrition information, group exercise, shared meals, self-directed individual and group goal-setting, and reflection and feedback loops that monitor and reinforce individual and group progress. Though a motivating environment and group dynamic, FoodFit helps participants make lasting changes to their health by walking, choosing more fruit and vegetables, and gaining practical cooking skills.

FoodFit curricula target either adults or youth (ages 13 to 19). FoodFit Alumni groups offer graduates the opportunity for ongoing program and social supports for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Results to date show significant changes to the health and wellbeing of participants.

Successful grant recipients will receive two years of funding to staff, implement, and evaluate eight rounds of FoodFit programming plus alumni drop-in sessions over the grant term. FoodFit facilitators at each grantee organization are trained by CFCC to deliver the FoodFit program and are committed to providing feedback and input for program improvements.

These grants are made possible through generous funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Multisectoral Partnership Grants Program and matching funds from other sources. This grant opportunity is open to any organization that meets the eligibility requirements but our priority will be to current Good Food Organizations.

Number of grants available: 4

Amount of each grant: $40,000 ($25,000 to be spent in year 1, $15,000 to be spent in year 2)

Term of grant: 2 year (April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2021)

Deadline: Friday, December 14th, 2018 at 11:59p.m. Eastern


2019 Grant guidelines

2019 Application package


FoodFit 2017 Programs Report (PDF)

About FoodFit (PDF)

To be eligible for a FoodFit grant, your organization must:

  1. Be a registered Canadian charity or other qualified donee*;
  2. Be aligned philosophically with CFCC’s Good Food Principles **;
  3. Be an established organization (operating for 3+ years);
  4. Have a public health inspected kitchen that can accommodate up to 18 people;
  5. Be committed to delivering the program as it is structured;
  6. Be able and committed to deliver the FoodFit program to at least 90 unique participants, as well as serving FoodFit alumni (via 16-20 sessions for 10-20 participants per session), through a drop-in program, over the 2 years ***;
  7. Be committed to working collaboratively with CFCC (e.g. bi-weekly meetings, listserv communications);
  8. Be willing to share the knowledge learned from the grant to other granting partners, Good Food Organizations and Community Food Centres; and
  9. Be willing to share stories, pictures and other media with CFCC, which may be used in communication materials to funders and supporters.
  10. *Community Food Centres Canada will consider not-for-profit organizations whose application for funding is facilitated through a registered Canadian charity (i.e. a registered charity acts as a trustee for the project and flow the grant funds through to the not-for-profit organizations).** Priority will be given to current members of CFCC’s Good Food Organizations program.*** If you feel that the size of your organization or community would make it difficult to fulfill the participant target numbers for the FoodFit program, please contact CFCC to discuss the potential of a “half-grant” partnership.

Should you have questions or wish to discuss your proposal, please contact:

Alissa Vieth, Health Promotion Manager
416-531-8826  Ext. 265



Think&EatGreen@School (TEGS) Grants

Applications are now available and open for the 2018-2019 Think&EatGreen@School (TEGS) grants for Vancouver public schools!   Please feel free and encouraged to share this email with your Vancouver school contacts!

These small grants (up to $1500) are available to help school teams start-up, expand, continue, or improve school projects in the areas of food production, food waste management, food preparation, food access, food policy, food justice, and other food systems-related teaching and learning activities.  TEGS welcomes applications from both schools that have had TEGS grants in the past, and from schools new to TEGS.

The grant guidelines and application form is available here on the TEGS website (  The website also includes FAQs about the grants, which will be updated/expanded throughout the process.  The grant applications are due on Wednesday, 24 October.  Please note that because these particular grants are funded by the City of Vancouver, they are only open to schools in the Vancouver School Board (primary, secondary, and alternate).

Please contact me or if you have any questions about the grant process!

Fresh to you: Connecting Students to Agriculture

Back in the spring of 2015, we developed a unique fundraising opportunity for schools that also encourages students and their families to eat more fruits and vegetables. Fresh to You is a fundraising initiative for schools that are currently enrolled in the BC School Fruit & Vegetable Nutritional Program (BCSFVNP). Schools participating in Fresh to You receive bundles of locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables to sell to family and friends as a fundraiser.

Why Fresh to You?

  • It promotes healthy food choices to students and their families.
  • It provides high-quality, fresh, and seasonal produce for a healthy fundraising option.
  • All of the produce is locally grown from BC suppliers, so your school is supporting BC farmers and growers in your community.
  • It provides information for students and families about fresh, locally grown vegetables, as well as recipes for enjoying the produce at home.
  • Your school receives a 40% profit on all of the bundles sold.

Fall Fundraiser Delivery Schedule

  • June 5 to September 21: an online application is available to schools enrolled in the BCSFVNP.
  • September 28: acceptance or non-acceptance is communicated by BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation (BCAITC).
  • September 29 to October 19: your school presells produce bundles.
  • October 22: submit orders and payment to BCAITC.
  • November 13 to 22: schools receive produce to distribute orders.

Bundle 1

  • 1 Squash
  • 1 Rutabaga
  • 2lb bag of Carrots
  • 3lb bag of Beets
  • 5lb bag of Potatoes

Bundle 2

  • 10lb bag of Apples

(Note: Final item list and prices may vary slightly.)

Supported by the Province of British Columbia and the Provincial Health Services Authority.


The Ministry of Agriculture’s Strategic Outreach Initiative (SOI) grant funds conferences, short courses, seminars, field days, and other events that “contribute to the growth and viability of the sector”. See attached one-pager for details. This funding is first come-first serve, so the best opportunity to submit applications is early April. Worth brainstorming now!

Please note that this application must be sponsored by an agrologist at the Ministry. If you have an idea for a proposal, before you put too much time into it, please email me and I will pass on your request to my contact at the Ministry. She will be happy to guide and support your application.



The funding is part of the BC Ministry of Social Development – Employment and Labor Market Division which is similar to income assistance and is part of the Employment program.
The funding moved from the Federal level to the Provincial level.
The funds are specific for Work Experiences.
There is a new stream for ‘Social Innovation’.

Depending on the projects, they have funded anywhere from $200,000 – $500,000. The total amount of funding has increased since 2015 from $8 – 16 million dollars.
No deadline or cap.

There are 5 Funding Streams (see scanned document for a fuller explanation)

1. Job Creation Partnerships – provides funding to organizations to assist with local projects that provide useful work experience and skill enhancement opportunities to eligible job seekers to help them obtain sustainable employment. Projects should benefit the job seeker, community and local economy, however the primary focus must be on helping the participant. There is a ‘contribution agreement’ – in kind where staff could donate time, space or an office, etc… for the project.
Example: Powell River City Council wanted someone to work on a diversity, social inclusion plan. They brought in 3 people that included Conference and Researching planning and they showed what they could do and what the City could do. Process was pretty flexible.

1. Labor Market Partnerships – funds projects that encourage and support employers, employee and/or employer associations and communities in developing and implementing strategies for dealing with labor force adjustments and meeting HR requirements. Projects may include researching labor market/human resource adjustment issues and developing and implementing labor market adjustment activities. These are project based and are distinct from the ongoing operations of the applicant.
Basically you are looking at a gap between Labor Market shortage.
*Example: Whistler Hotel had a gap in supply and demand so they funded their research.

2. Project Based Labor Market Training – provides funding to organizations to assist with local projects that provide a combination of on and/or off the job employment training to eligible participants to help them obtain sustainable employment.
This is a combination of training and work experience.
Example: There was a shortage of people in a particular market so the applicants were trained in an educational institution and fast tracked into some housekeeping positions (There was training provided and 60% was work experience.

3. Research & Innovation – provides funding for eligible projects to explore and/or find untried and untested methods of delivering programming to help individuals find or return to work as quickly as possible.
*Example: funded MOSAIC on a project where they brought in research subjects together to test a new business design model for new immigrants. Another one was for the Fraser Health Authority in finding cognitive remediation on employment planning to work with barriers such as mental health issues.

4. Social Innovation – expands the scope of the Community and Employer Partnerships (CEP) program to support innovative projects that address social challenges beyond unemployment. It focuses attention on new ideas and approaches to address complex and ongoing social problems. The CEP funding streams support socially innovative projects with a focus on community needs and support improved employment related outcomes for unemployed project participants.
*Example: funded an 8-week Training session for the Stolo nation where artists involved in the projects received a royalty for each piece they created – helping them set up a model.

* More information on online applications and on each of the 5 Funding Streams at:


Do you have an idea that will enable seniors to share their knowledge, skills and experiences with others, and help communities increase their capacity to address senior and local issues? The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) helps to ensure seniors will benefit from, and contribute to, the quality of life in their communities through active living and participation in social activities.

In anticipation of the next NHSP Call for Proposals, the Government of Canada will provide information to help you with the preparation of your application.

Through NHSP your organization may be eligible to receive a grant up to $25,000 per year. Based on the most recent Call for Proposals, projects must be led or inspired by seniors and address one or more of the following five program objectives:

•promoting volunteerism among seniors and other generations;
•engaging seniors in the community through the mentoring of others;
•expanding awareness of elder abuse, including financial abuse;
•supporting the social participation and inclusion of seniors; and
•providing capital assistance for new and existing community projects and/or programs for seniors.

Check our website regularly for more information.

NOTE: To be prepared for the next Call for Proposal, it is strongly recommended to attend one of the upcoming NHSP information sessions. Times and locations will be forwarded to you in the near future.

If you would like to attend and or possibly host a session, please contact 604-658-8451 or e-mail at your earliest convenience so that we can make arrangements.

Thank you for your interest in the program and please feel free to pass this on to other senior led organizations or groups that you think may be interested.

Best regards,
New Horizons for Seniors Program, Service Canada
Tel: 604-658-8451