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Farm to School Canada Grants

About the Grants 

The Farm to School Canada Grants program is transforming school food in Canada. Developed in partnership with Whole Kids Foundation in 2016, the grants provide schools with funding and training resources to:

  • Implement a healthy meal service that allows students to choose from a variety of ingredients that are as locally and sustainably sourced as possible.  
  • Allow students to experience hands-on food literacy activities and engage with the food system in their school community.
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Information for applicants

What are the grants?

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:

  • Growing
  • Purchasing
  • Harvesting
  • Cooking
  • Serving
  • Learning about, and
  • Eating….

Healthy, local and sustainable foods at school!

  • Schools can apply for up to $10,000 of funding.
  • All project deliverables must be met by June 2024
  • There will be 30 grants available in this round

*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.

Who can apply?

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.

How to apply

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:

  1. Thoroughly review the 2022 Grant Guidelines
  2. Join an informational webinar. We will be hosting a webinar in English and one in French which will provide a step-by-step review of the grant process and live Q&A. 
  3. Register for our webinars:
    • English Webinar: Monday, November 22, 2021, 3-4pm EST (Watch here)
    • French Webinar: Monday, November 22, 2021, 4:30-5:30pm EST (Watch here)
  4. Prepare responses to the full grant application using this template. (Note: this is provided as a work sheet only. Grant applications must be submitted using the online form.)
  5. Complete the following forms and and upload them with your application

Ready to submit your application?

Go to Application Form

Key dates

November 8, 2021
grant application window OPENS

Monday, November 22, 2021
grant application webinar in ENGLISH 3-4pm EST (Watch here)
grant application webinar in FRENCH 4:30-5:30pm EST (Watch here)

January 31, 2022
grant application window
CLOSES

April 1 , 2022
grant recipients notified

September 2022
grant recipient schools commence their programs

June 30, 2024
program deliverables complete

Get Inspired!

Looking for ideas on how the grants can be implemented in your school community?

  • Browse through our grantee school stories here
  • And be sure to check out our farm to school Resource Centre!

Digging-in!

Farm to School: Canada Digs In!

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.

Grant Recipients Share Their Stories
  • Click the dropdowns to see grant recipients by regions.
  • Click the school names in red to read their farm to school story (2020 stories coming soon)
2020 Cycle

September 2020 – June 2022
40 Schools 
Open to all provinces & territories

Alberta

  • St Martin De Porres – Airdrie, AB
  • Sturgeon Lake First Nation School – Valleyview, AB
  • W.P. Wagner School of Science and Technology – Edmonton, AB

British Columbia

  • Aspen Park Elementary School – Comox, BC
  • Caledonia Secondary School – Terrace, BC
  • Fairview Community School – Nanaimo, BC
  • Kidston Elementary – Coldstream, BC
  • Sk’elep School of Excellence – Kamloops, BC
  • Skeetchestn Community School – Savona, BC
  • Suwa’lkh School – Coquitlam, BC

Manitoba

  • Grand Rapids School – Grand Rapids, MB
  • H.C. Avery Middle School – Winnipeg, MB

New Brunswick

  • École Secondaire Népisiguit – Anne Bathurst, NB
  • Gretna Green School – Miramichi, NB
  • Harbour View High School – Saint John, NB
  • Kennebecasis Valley High School – Quispamsis, NB

Newfoundland

  • École élémentaire Vanier Elementary School – St. John’s NL
  • Helen Tulk Elementary – Bishop’s Falls, NL

Nova Scotia

  • Horton High School – Wolfville, NS
  • Musquodoboit Rural High School – Middle Musquodoboit, NS
  • West Hants Middle School – Newport, NS

Nunavut

  • Inuksuk High School – Iqaluit, NU

Ontario

  • Chelmsford Valley Composite School– Chelmsford, ON
  • École Secondaire Cité-Supérieure – Marathon, ON
  • Heritage Public School – Navan, ON
  • Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate and Vocational School – Kitchener, ON
  • Palmerston Avenue Public School – Toronto, ON
  • Port Burwell Public School – Port Burwell, Ontario
  • Shawanosowe School First Nation – Birch Island, ON
  • St. Joseph’s Catholic School – Port Elgin, ON
  • West Ferris Secondary School– North Bay, ON
  • Wiikwemkoong High School – Wikwemikong, ON

Saskatchewan

  • Churchbridge Public School – Churchbridge, SK
  • Kelliher School – Kelliher, SK
2018 Cycle

September 2018 – June 2020
36 Schools
Open to BC, ON, QC, NB, NL

2016 Cycle

September 2016 – June 2019
50 Schools 
Open to BC & ON schools