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2021 Emergency Food Security Fund

Application Information

This $18.5M fund is made possible through the support of the Government of Canada, specifically Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC) Emergency Food Security Fund. This additional emergency funding will help to ensure continued access to food for people experiencing food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We encourage you to apply by February 5, 2021 to be considered for approval in the first round of application reviews. Applications will not be accepted after February 26, 2021.

Eligible Applicants

The Fund is open to Food Banks Canada’s network and food banks in Canada, including: The Fund is open to food banks and other food security organizations that are incorporated as a non-profit entity or whose application is being sponsored by an incorporated non-profit entity.

Organizations may only submit one application for funds to Food Banks Canada’s 2021 Emergency Food Security Fund.

Other Funding Opportunities

These funds originate from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC) Emergency Food Security Fund. Applicants cannot apply to or receive funds from multiple recipients of the AAFC Emergency Food Security Fund. If your organization is a member or affiliated with one of the following, please apply directly to that organization for funding:
  • Breakfast Clubs of Canada
  • Community Food Centres Canada
  • Second Harvest
  • The Salvation Army
  • La Tablée des Chefs
For more information, visit https://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/agricultural-programs-and-services/emergency-food-security-fund/?id=1585855025072

Note: Indigenous Services Canada received $30M from the Emergency Food Security Fund in order to invest in its Indigenous Community Support fund. Eligible organizations/governments can contact Indigenous Services Canada for more information about eligibility and the application process: https://www.sac-isc.gc.ca/eng/1585189335380/1585189357198

For infrastructure projects, please apply directly to AAFC’s Local Food Infrastructure Fund: https://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/agricultural-programs-and-services/local-food-infrastructure-fund/?id=1560701480448

Eligible Costs in Food Banks Canada’s 2021 Emergency Food Security Funds

All funding must be dedicated to ensuring continued access to food for people experiencing food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic. The majority of this funding is intended to support the purchase of needed food.

The Fund will support the following types of purchases and projects so long as they allow the applicant organization to meet the fund objective between February 1, 2021 to September 30, 2021.

  • Food & Meals (i.e., Purchase of food, gift cards, vouchers)
  • Food Distribution Expenses, including:
    • Wages (i.e., hiring more employees to help manage increased needs)
    • Equipment & Capital Investments (i.e., coolers, boxes, bins, hampers, minor adjustments to accommodate social distancing and other public health guidance)
    • Transportation & Storage (i.e., food/meal delivery costs, food storage costs and other related costs)
    • Purchase of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Expenses not eligible for funding:
  • Rent/hydro/utilities
  • Previously incurred expenses or losses resulting from previous projects
  • Infrastructure improvements that are deemed to be cosmetic in nature 
  • Major construction projects
  • The purchase of land or buildings
  • The purchase or lease of private/personal vehicles
  • Costs that are not for meeting urgent needs during the COVID-19 pandemic

Fund Amount

Food Banks Canada’s Emergency Food Security Fund has approximately $18.5M to allocate to projects that best support the objective of the grant.

The majority of this funding is intended to support the purchase of needed food. Please keep in mind your organization’s food budget and immediate needs when submitting your request for funds.

Applications will be divided into three funding categories as follows, with each level of funding subject to additional review:

  1. Under $25,000
  2. $25,000 - $74,999
  3. $75,000 - $150,000
Please note that a very limited number of grants will be awarded at the $75,000 - $150,000 level. The goal of the grant is to support the diverse and varied needs of the food bank network in the most impactful ways. Size of organization (i.e. number of clients served) will be considered when approving funding amounts.

Note: All funds must be spent by September 30, 2021.

Application Review and Selection Process

The Emergency Food Security Fund will have a two-stage review process:

Stage 1: Food Banks Canada staff will complete a technical review of all applications to ensure they meet basic eligibility criteria. Applicants are encouraged to apply early as applications will be reviewed and approved as applications are received (first come, first reviewed/funded). Applicants must ensure that their applications are complete at the time of submission. Applications that are missing information at the deadline will not be included in the review process.

Stage 2: Applications will then be assessed on a number of conditions to make final funding decisions. Considerations will include: regional distribution, size of food bank organization, amount of funds requested, and community served. Larger grant requests will be referred to a formal Review Committee. Final decisions will be made by March 31, 2021.

How to Apply

Starting January 14, please apply online at https://foodbankscanada.smapply.ca/

We encourage you to apply by February 5, 2021 to be considered for approval in the first round of application reviews. Applications will not be accepted after February 26, 2021.

We encourage you to apply early. As funds will be allocated on a first come, first reviewed basis, we cannot guarantee the availability of funds beyond the first round.

Once you have submitted your online application, you will receive an acknowledgement email. Your application will be reviewed, and you will be contacted by email with the funding decision by March 31, 2021.

Questions

For questions and assistance, please email grants@foodbankscanada.ca or call 1-800-986-5280.