Seed Grants

Dig in to Farm to School!  

Seed Grant application window for the 2023/24 school year is now closed.

New for the 2023/24 school year, Farm to Cafeteria Canada, in partnership with the Schad Foundation, is pleased to announce flexible grants to support schools looking to get started on their farm or local food to school journeys.  These grants are intended to help improve school food environments by increasing access to healthy, local and culturally appropriate foods in schools and/or improve opportunities for hands-on learning through food and food systems.

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.

Information for applicants

What are the grants?

Seed Grants provide schools with access to funds, knowledge and inspiration to ‘Dig in’ to farm to school by making small, positive changes in their school food environments. They are best suited for schools that are looking to get started,  although schools that have an existing project that could use a boost are also eligible to apply. Seed grants can serve as an excellent stepping stone to our Farm to School Canada Grants program.

  • Schools can apply for any amount between $500 and $3,000.
  • The total grants available will depend on the individual amounts requested by schools. We expect at least 25 grants to be awarded in 2023. 
  • Grant project activities should be implemented by the end of the 2023/24 school year

Key dates

September 11, 2023
Grant application window OPENS

September 26 & 28, 2023
Informational webinars for applicants

  • English – Tuesday, September 26th 12-1pm PST
  • French – Thursday, September 28th at 12-1pm PST

October 27, 2023 Grant
Application window

December 8, 2023
Grant recipients notified

January – June 2024
School projects are implemented
Networking and knowledge sharing opportunities will be hosted by F2CC

June 21, 2024
Deadline for participating schools to complete grant experience survey

How to apply

Seed Grant application window for the 2023/24 school year is now closed.

Follow these steps to apply:

  1. Review the Grant Guidelines.
  2. Watch the webinar recordings here:
  3. Plan your project and use the template provided (optional) to prepare your application responses 

Who can apply & how grants will be selected

Applications are open to schools (kindergarten to grade 12) across Canada, except British Columbia. Schools in BC are encouraged to apply for provincially available funding through the Farm to School BC grant. 

Schools in Indigenous communities/nations and schools that serve a high-proportion of low-income, racialized or other equity-deserving communities are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Available grants will be equitably distributed across 5 geographic regions:

  • Prairies (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba)
  • Territories (Yukon, Nunavut, Northwest Territories
  • Ontario
  • Quebec
  • Atlantic provinces (Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island)

If you represent a school in BC, please apply for a grant through Farm to School BC.

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!
2023/24 Dig In! Seed Grant Recipients
  • Oilfields High School - Black Diamond, AB
  • St. Benedict Catholic School - Edmonton, AB
  • École Bishop Savaryn School - Edmonton, AB
  • Clearwater River Dene School - Clearwater River, SK
  • Machray Elementary School - Winnipeg, MB
  • Minnedosa Collegiate - Minnedosa, MB
  • Cobourg Collegiate Institute - Cobourg, ON
  • McCrosson-Tovell School - Sleeman, ON
  • Martin McKay Memorial School - Sachigo Lake, ON
  • Tecumseh Public School - London, ON
  • North Park Secondary School - Brampton, ON
  • Oakridge Public School - Mississauga, ON
  • Beaver Brae Public School - Kenora, ON
  • Sakatcheway Anishinabe School - Grassy Narrows, ON
  • École élémentaire catholique d'enseignement personnalisé Édouard Bond - Ottawa, ON
  • Ormstown Elementary School - Ormstown, QU
  • École alternative des Quatre-Saisons - Longueuil, QU
  • École secondaire de Saint-Marc - Saint-Marc-des-Carrières, QU
  • École St-Blaise - Saint-Blaise-sur-Richelieu, QU
  • École Jules-Émond - Québec, QU
  • John J Sark Memorial Elementary - Lennox Island, PEI
  • Nelnah Bessie John School - Beaver Creek, YT
  • FH Collins Secondary - Whitehorse, YT
  • Dalhousie Regional High School - Dalhousie, NB
  • École Champlain - Moncton, NB
  • H.M MacDonald Elementary - Antigonish, NS
  • William Gillett Academy - Charlottetown, NL

Learn more about the grants and check out stories from past grant recipients here. 

Other grant opportunities for getting started

Grant seekers can also explore the Garden Grant Program offered by our partners at Whole Kids Foundation. These grants support edible education spaces and are accessible to K-12 schools across Canada, as well as registered charities in Canada that serve students from K-12. Learn more. 

Regional grants are available in select provinces which can also serve as a great starting point for many schools. To learn more, check out Other Funding Opportunities.