Greenbelt Funding – Up To 50% Funding To Support Local Agri-Food Projects – April 26 DEADLINE

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The Greenbelt Fund administers a $6M funding program called the Local Food Investment Fund to help Ontario farmers and producers, food processors, food retailers, and agri not-for-profits improve regional supply chains and promote locally sourced food.

Greenbelt Grant Summary:

  • Amount:
    • Up to 50% grant; however, 30% is most common
  • Eligible Applicants:
    • Public or private sector organizations with sufficient ability to execute the project
    • Able to contribute at least half of the total project expenses
  • Eligible Projects & Goals: Applicants can apply under one of three streams:
    • Market Access:
      • Increase the amount of Ontario food products purchased by Ontario’s retailers, wholesalers, and foodservice operators via local food aggregators and local processors.
      • Increase Ontario farmers’ and processors’ access to new market channels through increased knowledge of supply chain requirements, enhanced access to aggregation services, and value-added local food processing.
    • Broader Public Sector: Increase the amount of Ontario food products purchased by Ontario’s broader public sector (municipalities, colleges, universities, school boards, and hospital foodservice).
    • Local Food Literacy: Enhance the capacity of the agri-food sector (farms, processors, distributors, and others) to access the broader public sector foodservice industry to highlight the availability and increase purchases of local products.
  • Eligible Expenses:
  • Timelines:
    • Next Project Inquiry/Overview Intake closes April 26, 2017
      • Projects selected to move on to a full application will be invited forward approximately 2-4 weeks later
    • Project Start Date: July 26, 2017
    • This grant will fund select retroactive expenses.
    • Projects must be completed by January 31, 2018 at the latest.


If you would like to discuss this funding and other funding opportunities, please let me know.


Mr. Kim Cooper

Economic Development Officer

Agriculture Specialist

Municipality of Chatham-Kent

Tel: 519-351-7700 Ext. 2030

Mobile: 519-350-1558

Fax: 519-351-7852


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