Grants to British Columbia nonprofit organizations for programs and services that increase access to food, promote inclusion and participation in food production and distribution, and build sustainable food systems in eligible regions. First-time applicants must contact program staff prior to submitting an application. Eligible programs benefit residents in the City of Vancouver.
The Sustainable Food Systems (SFS) Grant is a funding stream supporting neighborhood and community-scale efforts that facilitate community connectedness and catalyze action, knowledge, and skill-building on food system issues.
The SFS Grant funds work that:
SFS Grants provide funding that addresses inequity and mitigates conditions that create barriers to equity and food security for residents of Vancouver. Grants may fund the direct delivery of food-based programming and services to individual residents, or fund activities that support coordination with other non-profits to deliver food programming. Priority consideration is given to services or programs that:
Given the wide variety of project or program types that could potentially be supported by Sustainable Food Systems Grants, the grant program does not specify a set goal or benchmark for the number of individuals to be served by the program. However, applicants must demonstrate that the number or proportion of people involved is large enough that there is a noteworthy impact on the community.
Changes in 2022: Grant funding will be unrestricted except for the restrictions noted above (see Ineligible Programs and Program Expenses in Additional Eligibility Criteria, below). Applicants are still required to submit a program-specific budget(s). This change allows applicant organization that as a whole might be considered ineligible (e.g. meal programs), but they are operating a program that may be eligible (e.g. community kitchens and food growing workshops).
Term: Summer 2022 to 2025