The federal government has re-opened applications for the Local Food Infrastructure Fund.
Beginning Monday July 12, an additional $10 million in funding will be handed out in grants of between $15,000 and $100,000. Each project must be designed to “help prevent hunger through investments in infrastructure needs.”
Project impacts must be targeted, immediate, and directly related to addressing food insecurity and increasing the accessibility of healthy, nutritious and ideally local foods within the community, the government says.
The $50 million Local Food Infrastructure Fund was first launched in August 2019, and has committed $27 million over 625 projects that support community-led initiatives to strengthen food systems and help to facilitate access to safe and nutritious food for at-risk Canadians, such as community gardens and kitchens. refrigerated trucks and storage units for donated food, and greenhouses in remote and northern communities.
The additional top-up of $10 million is part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to provide continued support to emergency hunger relief organizations, who have faced significant challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as higher demands and fewer resources.