Metro Vancouver Agriculture Awareness grants

Metro Vancouver is now accepting applications from non-profit organizations for the 2020 Agriculture Awareness grants to promote a better understanding of agriculture and local food production in this region.

Both new groups and previous grant recipients are welcome to apply for a funding grant. Metro Vancouver has awarded Agriculture Awareness grants since 2008. A brochure describing the previous grant recipients is available on the Metro Vancouver website here. In 2019, thirteen grants were awarded ranging from $500 to $6,000. The total amount to be awarded in 2020 is $45,000.

All submissions for Agriculture Awareness grants are asked to meet the following mandatory requirements before being further considered:

  • have a regional scope (impacting more than one municipality);
  • be located in the Metro Vancouver region;
  • be administered by a non-profit organization in good standing; and
  • have matching funding (dollars or in-kind) from another organization.

Metro Vancouver’s Agricultural Advisory Committee (AAC) will be evaluating the grant submissions using six criteria. Information about the eligibility requirements is available on the Agriculture Awareness Grants webpage. The AAC will make recommendations to the Metro Vancouver Regional Planning Committee and Board in May. The grants will be available in June 2020.

How to Apply for a Grant

Metro Vancouver has a new online system to apply for an Agriculture Awareness grant. The online application form is available here.

The deadline for the submitting the 2020 Agriculture Awareness Grant Application Form is Monday, March 2, 2020.

For further information on the grant application process and requirements, email or call Theresa 604-451-6024.

Envisioning Regenerative
and Nourishing Food Futures for 2050

The Food System Vision Prize is an invitation for organizations across the globe to develop a Vision of the regenerative and nourishing food system that they aspire to create by the year 2050. $2M will be distributed to the Top Visionaries, who will be eligible to receive a prize of $200,000 each.


Today, as part of Farm to School Month 2019 and in celebration of World Food Day 2019, Healthy Diets for a #ZeroHungerWorld, Farm to Cafeteria Canada, in partnership with the Whole Kids Foundation, is pleased to share details of the third round of Farm to School Canada Grants with applications opening January 1, 2020.

This year, the World Food Day theme is drawing attention to the importance of nourishing people and the planet. It calls on everyone to think about what we eat, where our food comes from – and the impact our diets can have on biodiversity and diet related disease. It calls for a return to time spent connecting with our food and the land it and waters it comes from.

Farm to School Canada Grants help enable these connections by providing students and communities an opportunity to engage in:

Learning about &

Healthy, local and sustainable foods at school!

Learn More about Farm to School Canada Grants 2020

Jane goodall roots and shoots

Want to grow your Roots & Shoots project or expand its impact? Apply for up to $1,000 of project funding from Roots & Shoots Canada.

You are eligible to apply if:

  • You’re a member of Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Canada. Join here!
  • Your project will take place in Canada.
  • Your project and final report will be completed by June 15th 2020.
  • Your project fits into one of our project streams: Sustainable Food, Indigenous Perspectives or Climate Change.

All Roots & Shoots Projects:

  • Are youth-led (can be guided by an adult champion).
  • Address sustainability issues and make a difference for animals, people, and our environment.
  • Encourage knowledge, compassion & action through our 4 Roots & Shoots steps: 1.Engage & Inspire 2. Observe & Map  3.Take Action  4.Celebrate Impact.
  • Align with one or more of the 4 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals we are focusing on:  Clean and Sustainable Water, Responsible Consumption, Climate Action and Life on Land.

Centerm Community Fund

Organizations located in Downtown Eastside (including Chinatown, Gastown, Railtown), Strathcona, Hastings-Sunrise, or Grandview-Woodland are invited to submit proposals to receive funding as part of the Centerm Community Fund. The first round of funding opened September 3, 2019 and will close on November 29, 2019.

Applications must be received during the intake period. All applicants will be advised of the status of their applications within one week after the review meeting.

The Centerm Community Fund will contribute $500,000 over three years to local community organizations in the neighbourhoods listed above. Funding comes from the port authority in collaboration with DP World (the operator of Centerm terminal). This fund is one way we’re supporting thriving communities and saying “thank you” to the community for your patience while significant construction is completed on the Centerm terminal and along the south shore of Burrard Inlet. Learn more about the project here.

When can I apply?

There will be three intake periods over the next three years. Please return during an application period to submit your application.

Application periods

2019 Tuesday, September 3 – Friday, November 29 (now open)
2020 Tuesday, January 7 – Friday, April 3
2021 Tuesday, January 5 – Friday, April 2

Applications must be received during the intake period. All applicants will be advised of the status of their applications within one week after the review meeting.

How to apply?

Apply online

What kind of projects can receive funding?

The Centerm Community Fund will invest in projects that support our vision of a sustainable port. Investment categories include:

  1. Community enrichment

We embrace inclusion, diversity, cultural and community activity, and convening local residents to participate in experiences that are authentic to a port city and that enhance our quality of life. Organization and program applicants must support activities that strengthen their local community and provide opportunities for people to connect with one another.

  1. Education and training

We encourage education, awareness and training dedicated to improving access to and quality of educational resources and training opportunities for students in our operating areas. Priority consideration will be given to disciplines that support the operation of the port or related activities, or that are in areas facing skills shortages.

  1. Environmental leadership

We take a holistic approach to protecting and improving air, land and water quality to promote biodiversity and human health through the advancement of knowledge and programs to protect habitat and species in our operating areas.

Organization and program applicants must operate within one or more of the following areas to be considered for funding:

    • Air: Air quality and greenhouse gases
    • Water and sediment: Water quality, sediment quality and the protection of ocean and river ecosystems
    • Land: Brownfield restoration and environmental remediation
    • Habitat: Habitat restoration and enhancement
    • Climate Action: Energy conservation and alternative energy to minimize greenhouse gas emissions

With rare exceptions, the following types of requests are NOT eligible:

    • Arts programs or initiatives
    • Capital campaigns
    • Requests to support activities outside of Canada
    • Travel for organizations, service and/or students clubs, sports teams, etc.
    • 100 per cent of a project’s budget

The following types of organizations are NOT eligible to apply:

    • Political organizations or parties
    • Lobbyist organizations
    • Religious organizations (unless a program is open to and benefits people of all faiths)
    • Individual projects
    • Organizations already funded by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority through our United Way campaign
    • Exclusive organizations that bar participation on the basis of race, religion, culture, gender or sexual orientation
    • Professional athletes, sports teams and recreation programs
    • Organizations not registered with the government as charitable or not-for-profit

For questions on the Centerm Community Fund, please contact us at

Agriculture and Agri-food Canada 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.

Neighborhood matching fund

Do you have an idea for an art, greening or garden improvement project on public land?
Are you interested in involving neighbours in your project?
Do you need support developing an idea?

Join us to learn more at our next information session:
Thursday Feb 21st  5:00pm to 6:30pm
Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews

Please send, post, forward the attached flyer to anyone in your networks who may be interested in more information about the Neighbourhood Matching Fund.



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