Funding to Offer Up to $150,000
Fiancial Support Available to Food Leaders Across Ontario
The Local Food Investment Fund (LFIF) will provide funding of up to 50% of costs to $150,000 to provide financial support to local food leaders across Ontario, with the common goal of increasing the amount of local food consumed within the province. The program will provide support under three distinct grant streams: Broader Public Sector, Market Access, and Local Food Literacy. Eligible costs may include:
- Project Management costs, consultant fees, business planning development, professional fees;
- Capital costs such as equipment, structural modifications, technology upgrades and production expansion to increase food sales to local markets; and
- Training, marketing, promotion, studies and research, and incremental administrative
To qualify for funding, a grant applicant must be a community or NFP organization, farmers, producers, processors, distributors, foodservice, retail, etc. Except for municipal government, commodity association, or network, projects must be based upon a joint application from two or more legal entities. Applicants must complete an eligibility quiz, and provide information such as project goals and rationale. The remaining 50% of costs must be covered by the recipient in cash only. In-kind contributions can be documented to demonstrate commitment on the part of the applicant to the project. To apply for funding from the Local Food Investment Fund, applicants must submit an LOI by Thursday, August 3, 2017. If approved for funding, the project must be completed by May 15, 2018.
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