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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 salad bar lunch service that is locally and sustainably sourced 
• Allow students to experience hands-on food and nutrition education at school and in their community.  

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Information for applicants

The 2020 application window is now closed. The following information is provided for information only and is subject to change for future grant cycles. To stay informed about the grant opportunities sign-up for our newsletter.

What are the grants?

Delivered directly to schools, the grants are designed to bring more of the local harvest into schools where it is featured in a salad bar meal service, using the Farm to School Approach. 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!

  • The maximum amount of funding available per school is $10,000
  • All project deliverables must be met by June 2022
  • There will be 30 salad bar grants available in this round.

Who can apply?

For the first time ever, we’re pleased to announce that applications are open to ALL schools, kindergarten to grade 12, across Canada’s 10 provinces and 3 territories.

For more information, please refer to the 2020 Grant Guidelines.

Key dates

January 1, 2020 –
grant application window OPENS
January 28, 2020 –
grant application webinar in ENGLISH (watch here)
January 30, 2020 –
grant application webinar in FRENCH (watch here)
April 17, 2020
grant application window
CLOSES
June 19, 2020
grant recipients notified
September 2020
grant recipient schools commence their programs
June 30, 2022
program deliverables complete

How to apply

Applications will be accepted online, beginning January 1, 2020 and must be submitted by Friday April 17, 2020. It is strongly advised that all prospective applicants complete the following steps BEFORE completing the online application form:

  1. Thoroughly review the 2020 Grant Guidelines and our Farm to School Salad Bar page
  2. Watch our recent webinars providing a step-by-step review of the grant and live Q&A.
    • Watch the English Webinar
    • Watch the French Webinar
  3. 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.)
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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
34 Schools 
Open to all provinces & territories

Alberta

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

British Columbia

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

Manitoba

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

New Brunswick

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

Newfoundland

Helen Tulk Elementary – Bishop’s Falls, NL

Nova Scotia

Musquodoboit Rural High School – Middle Musquodoboit, NS

West Hants Middle School,  Newport, NS

Nunavut

Inuksuk High School – Iqaluit, NU

Ontario

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

Quebec

Knowlton Academy – Lac Brome, QC
Heroes Memorial School – Cowansville, QC
École Secondaire – Saint-Anselme, QC
Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption — St-Georges-de-Windsor, QC
Pavillon Au Millénaire – La Baie, QC 

Saskatchewan

Kelliher School – Kelliher, SK
Churchbridge Public School – Churchbridge, 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

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