Delivered directly to schools, the grants apply a farm to school (also referred to as Local Food to School*) approach to bring more local food into schools where it is featured in a meal service, such as a salad bar, that allows students to build their own bowls or create their own plates.
The goal? To see more students and school communities engaged in:
Healthy, local and sustainable foods at school!
*The term “Local food to school” can be used instead of “farm to school.” This term is preferred in some regions and Indigenous communities. It reflects the diversity of local and traditional foods that can be enjoyed in schools from coast to coast to coast, many of which are not sourced from a farm.
Applications are open to ALL schools (kindergarten to grade 12) in Canada, including schools in Indigenous communities/nations.
For more information, please refer to the 2022 Grant Guidelines.
Applications will be accepted online beginning November 8, 2021. Completed applications must be submitted by January 31, 2022. It is strongly advised that all prospective applicants complete the following steps BEFORE completing the online application form:
Ready to submit your application?
November 8, 2021
grant application window OPENS
January 31, 2022
grant application window CLOSES
April 1 , 2022
grant recipients notified
grant recipient schools commence their programs
June 30, 2024
program deliverables complete
In 2017 the Farm to School Canada Grants program became the central pillar to the Farm to School: Canada Digs-in! (F2SCDI) initiative. F2SCDI is a multi-sectoral partnership designed to prevent chronic disease by improving student nutrition and food literacy, while building community and strengthening local food systems. Through Whole Kids Foundation’s supportive partnership in F2SCDI we have been able to provide grant recipients with additional access to local supports and resources and evaluate the impacts of their programs. Learn more about F2SCDI here.
September 2020 – June 2022
Open to all provinces & territories
September 2018 – June 2020
Open to BC, ON, QC, NB, NL
September 2016 – June 2019
Open to BC & ON schools