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Grants to British Columbia Nonprofits, Agencies, and First Nations
in Eligible Areas for Programs that Address Food Insecurity

Food Access and Recovery Grants

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Columbia Basin Trust

Deadline Date:

11/30/21 2:00 PM PT/3:00 PM MT


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Grants to British Columbia nonprofit organizations, government agencies, First Nations, and social enterprises in eligible locations for programs that address food insecurity. Funding is intended to support community-based activities that increase access to affordable, quality, local food, with an emphasis on supporting vulnerable populations. This includes creating or enhancing communal growing/processing spaces, knowledge-sharing opportunities, and diverting food that would otherwise be wasted. Eligible applicants are located in and benefit the Columbia Basin Trust region.

Projects should fit at least one of the following Project Categories:

  • Developing new or enhancing existing local, community growing spaces for use by members of the public (e.g. community garden spaces, chicken coops, non-commercial greenhouses, egg incubators, seed bank/distribution, rooftop gardens, vertical farming, etc.);
  • Redistributing local and, where applicable, non-local food waste (e.g. from a landfill, grocery stores, community fruit trees or garden or local farm or orchard) to individuals, families, and/or community agencies that serve vulnerable populations (e.g. food bank, community kitchen);
  • Integrating improved technology to create efficiencies in, or expand upon, existing community-led food production and/or recovery programs, including food processing and/or delivery; and
  • Upgrading infrastructure to improve operations of existing, community-led food production and/or recovery programs, including food processing and/or delivery.

Eligible project costs include:

  • Project coordination expenses;
  • Capital purchases related to delivering the project activities;
  • Reasonable and necessary project administration fees of up to 15 percent of the total project cash budget; and
  • Costs related to delivering programs and services (including reasonable transportation costs).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 198469

Number of Grants:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants can request up to a maximum of 85 percent of total project costs from the Trust. There is no maximum amount for grant requests; however, it is anticipated that many successful projects will be in the range of $50,000 - $80,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Non-profits, including social enterprises, local governments, and First Nations in the Columbia Basin Trust region may apply.

Businesses may be considered depending on the project and its broad community impact. Businesses must demonstrate partnerships with non-profits, local governments, and/or First Nations communities in the Columbia Basin in the design and delivery of their proposed project.

Applicants operating outside the Basin must partner with community-based organizations in the Basin to be eligible and show that the project benefits the Basin.

The types of projects that are not eligible include but are not limited to projects that:
- Take place outside of the Basin;
- Relieve any level of government of its obligations;
- Undertake activities of political parties, advocacy or lobby groups, or organizations that are exclusive or discriminatory in nature; or
- Are submitted by for-profit organizations whose primary beneficiary is the applicant or solely the members of a membership-based organization.

The following project costs are not eligible:
- Core or ongoing administrative operating expenses of an organization;
- Costs related to preparing and submitting this application;
- Existing program costs unless it demonstrates significant enhancements to current programming; and
- Fee-based programs and services.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Trust hosted an online information session on Wednesday, July 14, and will be hosting another session in late September. Check back for registration details.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications will be accepted until November 30, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. PT/3:00 p.m. MT.

Applicants must demonstrate they are contributing at least 15 percent of the project costs from sources other than the Trust.

Applicants will be notified of funding decisions by email within eight weeks after the deadline.

Columbia Basin Management Plan: Strategic Priorities:

Contact Information:

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

Online application:

If you have questions about the grant or would like to connect with the Program Advisor, contact or call 1.800.505.8998.

Leah Biln

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Columbia Basin Trust Region map:

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: British Columbia: Columbia Basin Trust Area;

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