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Seeding Our Food Future

Grants and In-Kind Services to Ontario Businesses and Nonprofits in
Eligible Areas to Mitigate the Impact of COVID-19 on the Food Industry

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Innovation Guelph, Our Food Future, and the Circular Food Economy (CFE) iHub

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Grants and in-kind services to Ontario businesses,nonprofit organizations, and social enterprises in eligible areas to mitigate the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Funding is intended to assist businesses and organizations in the local food system emerge from the current crisis stronger and more sustainable. Applicants will receive a seed funding grant, targeted support from consultants, a spot in an educational program focused on building sustainable practices and business resilience, and the chance to apply for an interest-free loan. Applicants must be located in Guelph or Wellington County.

Seeding Our Food Future is an initiative of Grow Back Better, Our Food Future’s 10-point recovery plan in response to COVID-19 and part of the City of Guelph and Wellington County’s overall economic and social recovery efforts. It is reprioritizing or restructuring existing elements of Our Food Future to provide immediate support to strengthen the local food economy, including through supporting new and existing food businesses.

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GrantWatch ID#: 190798

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What the Program Provides:
- A non-repayable seed funding grant of $5,000
- Up to 30 hours of targeted support and expertise through Innovation Guelph ($4,500 value)
- A guaranteed spot in R-Purpose MICRO, a 12-week educational program focused on building sustainable practices and business resilience, delivered by Provision Coalition ($1,200 value); and
- The chance to apply for a supplementary interest-free loan of up to $10,000 through Harve$t Impact in collaboration with the Waterloo-Wellington and Saugeen Community Futures offices.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All applicants must be a business, not-for-profit or social enterprise located in Guelph and/or Wellington County and meet one or more of the following eligibility criteria:
- Starting a new business (including not-for-profit or social enterprise) that contributes to the circular food economy.
- Pivoting to a more circular/sustainable business model.
- Implementing circular practices, systems or processes in an existing business, not-for-profit or social enterprise that is part of the food system.
- Creating or pivoting an existing business, not-for-profit or social enterprise to a business model that supports inclusive access to nutritious food, particularly during the immediate crisis.
- Enabling a food system business, not-for-profit or social enterprise to effectively use data & technology.
- Initiating a collaboration that contributes to a circular food economy.

If you or your organization has received funding from Our Food Future or any of its Implementation teams, for work related to Our Food Future, you are not eligible to apply.

Ineligible Costs can be found at:

Pre-proposal Conference:

Seeding Our Food Future Online Information Session
- Wednesday, June 24: 9:00am – 10:00am

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Pre-Application Information:

Program Dates
- Program Launch: May 27, 2020
- Applications Open: May 27, 2020
- Applications Close: June 30, 2020
- Successful Applicants Announced: July 15, 2020
- Supported Program Period: July 15, 2020 to March 31, 2021

The seed grant will be distributed as outlined below:
- 50 per cent ($2,500) once necessary paperwork has been completed and a lead mentor assigned.
- 50 per cent ($2,500) once planned activities are 50% complete as assessed by the lead mentor and approved by the iHub Program Manager.

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

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If you have questions about the application, you can contact any one of the following program partners:
- Innovation Guelph: Christopher Coghlan:
- 10C: Helina Lam:
- LaunchIt Minto: Somer Antonopoulos:
- BCGW: Kristel Manes:
- Wood Centre: Melanie Lang:
- WWCF: Tanya Markvart:

Grant Coverage Areas:

Guelph or Wellington County

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Ontario

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