A total of $50,000 is available for multiple small-scale initiatives that connect the dots between food access and a circular food system through Spark Grants for community members, agencies or businesses to socialize well-rounded ideas that are ready to be implemented in Guelph-Wellington. We encourage ideas in the $5,000-$10,000 range and submissions should not exceed $20,000.
We are looking for innovative pilot projects that encourage healthy eating, make food more affordable, or increase access to nutritious foods in settings where people live, learn, work or play. Examples may include healthier foods in neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, institutions, etc. Submissions should utilize circular strategies, be innovative, replicable, and support one or more of the following themes
- Increase physical access to a range of culturally relevant nutritious foods in the places where residents live, work, learn and play so everyone can make healthy food choices
- Increase economic access to nutritious foods so everyone can afford a healthy diet
- Increase access to opportunities to acquire nutrition knowledge and food skills so that everyone can select and prepare healthy meals
- Increase promotion of nutritious foods so that these foods are valued, celebrated and shared, empowering everyone to eat well and reduce waste
Who is eligible?
Anyone – individuals, businesses, non-profits, community groups, indigenous groups, co-operatives, social enterprises, agencies, townships/municipalities, neighbourhoods, workplaces, schools, institutions, etc.
As an applicant you will complete a two-step online application process. Rather than just filling out a funding application, applicants will first socialize their idea online on this platform, and have an opportunity to receive community feedback and identify possible collaborations across projects.
This is Step 1. In your 200-word description, describe your idea, where it’s located (e.g., neighbourhood or township), rationale, and approximately how much funding you require. The ideas are open and available on The Kitchen Table for community questions, comments or indications of support (Note: public engagement will not be part of the scoring). Ideas will be reviewed and a short-list of projects will be selected. Multiple submissions are allowed and similar ideas may be encouraged to co-apply for step 2.
Step 2: Selected projects will be invited to submit a more detailed application. Applications will be evaluated against pre-determined evaluation criteria and winners will be selected.
To participate in this challenge, you must have a registered account on the Food Future Kitchen Table.