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Farm to School BC Start-up Grants

Grants to British Columbia, Canada K-12 Schools to
Connect Students With Healthy, Local Food

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Farm to School, a program of Public Health Association of BC

Deadline Date:

12/19/14 Receipt


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Grants of up to $4,000 to British Columbia, Canada K-12 schools to partner with a food organization to bring healthy, local food into schools, and provide students with hands-on learning opportunities that foster food literacy, all while strengthening the local food system and enhancing school and community connectedness.

Farm to School BC has designed this grant opportunity to take place in two phases to acknowledge and honor the time it takes to plan and implement Farm to School programs for busy schools, teachers, parents and students. The first phase is a $500 grant to successful applicants to support program planning, followed by a $3,500 grant for implementation.

1) Planning funds of $500 may be used for:

-Support teacher release time for program planning.

-As a stipend for a program lead to plan the Farm to School program such as a parent, community organization or food service coordinator.

-Cover expenses incurred in developing the Farm to School program plan.

-To host a Farm to School team or community event to support the Program Planning phase.

2) Implementation funds of up to $3,500 may be used for:

-Major kitchen equipment such as refrigerators, dishwashers, freezers, sinks, etc.

-Salad bar units including inserts, serving utensils, sneeze guard, rails, etc.

-Minor kitchen equipment such as food warmers, food processors, soup pots, dishes cutlery, storage bins, cutting boards, knives, soap and towel dispensers, etc.

-Equipment and material costs for the production of the food such as seed, soil, lumber, garden tools, composting unit, green house materials, etc.

-The costs to modify the school space for food service.

-Food costs for the initial startup week up to a maximum of $3 per child registered in the school.

-Communications and/or promotional materials.

-Start-up costs associated with the ‘hands-on learning’ core element of Farm to School.

-Honorariums to support initial overall coordination of the project on school premises, including coordination of the food preparation and service component of the program, communications and promotion of the initiative (within the school and the broader community), or supporting an evaluation of the initiative.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 149452

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $4,000 total; $500 for planning and $3,500 for implementation.

Term of Contract:

Planning and Implementation will take place between January 2015 - June 2017.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications are welcome from all BC K-12 schools to apply. Farm to School BC wishes to extend a special invitation to schools that serve more vulnerable students.

A community partnership is required in order to apply, with a lead applicant and a co-applicant.

The lead applicant is usually the champion of the project within the school that will offer the Farm to School program. This person is typically the principal or the vice principal.

The co-applicant is usually a champion of healthy eating, food security or sustainable food system activity in the community. Co-applicants may include:

-Community food security leads from within the health region (community nutritionists, community developers, health promoters).

-Community food security leads from local nonprofit organizations that have a proven track record in building capacity to address food, nutrition and food system concerns.

-The farmer, or food producer, or food cooperative/distributor who plans to supply the school with fresh, locally grown food.

If you are having trouble identifying who a potential co-application could be in your area, please contact Farm to School BC for support.

Implementation Grants Cannot Be Used for ongoing food costs and ongoing costs to pay the people responsible for coordination, food production, processing, preparation, education, etc. Such costs must be recovered from the program itself (e.g. participants pay for their meals/snacks in most Farm to School programs) or provided through other sources.

Pre-Application Information:

Please fill out the Grant Application Form and send electronically to Vanessa Perrodou at

If a digital signatures are not available, the signature page may be scanned and included electronically or sent by fax by the due date (250-959-8622)

Grant Timeline:

December 19, 2014 - Grant Applications due

January 16, 2015 - Successful Applicants are Notified and receive funds for planning

January - April 2015 - Program Planning Phase

April 10, 2015 - Program Plan Due

*Program Plans can be submitted as soon as they are complete to receive Implementation Grant funds

September 21, 2015 - Deadline for Program Launch

*Programs are welcome to launch earlier

June 3, 2016 - End of Year Progress Report Due

June 2, 2017 - Final Report Due

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Vanessa Perrodou, Provincial Manager
Farm to School BC

See below for a list of Farm to School BC Regional Leads around the province. Please connect with your lead as you work through your application:

Health Authority, Vancouver Coastal
Kathy Romses

Health Authority, Sunshine Coast
Meghan Molnar

Vancouver Island
Janelle Hathch

Lise Luppens

Tatjana Lauzon

Anne Todd

Farm to School Salad Bar
PHABC Office
#210 - 1027 Pandora Ave
Victoria BC V8V 3P6


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