Medavie and Community Food Centres Canada have partnered to create a new granting stream that will bring people together and build health and connection through the power of good food.

The Medavie Food Skills Grant will support Good Food Organizations and Community Food Centres as they engage people in programs that provide the knowledge, tools, and confidence to grow, cook, and choose healthy foods for themselves and their families.

The Medavie Food Skills Grant will fund the implementation of healthy food skills programs in Atlantic Canada, Quebec, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta. Both new and existing programs are eligible for funding, but existing programs will need to offer new or expanded enhancements. Five one-time grants of $75,000 will be awarded, disbursed over a three-year period ($25,000 a year x 3 years = $75,000). The program is open from August 15 – September 30, 2019. Applications will not be accepted after the deadline. Decisions will be made in the November timeframe.

Are You Eligible?

We’re looking for innovative and sustainable initiatives that place healthy food skills, behaviors, and attitudes at the centre of the intervention. Programs should:

  • Have a strong focus on promoting healthy nutrition by impacting attitudes, skills and behaviours;
  • Be based on sound healthy eating principles (i.e. Harvard Healthy Plate, Canada’s Food Guide Healthy Plate);
  • Be developed and led by qualified, paid staff;
  • Have a strategy to ensure that low-income and marginalized individuals comprise the majority of program participants;
  • Encourage leadership from participants;
  • Involve community partners;
  • Have clear and measurable goals that address an existing or unmet need in your community; and
  • Have a feasible plan for sharing knowledge and best practices, and sustaining the program beyond the granting period.

You must take the quiz below to determine your eligibility and fit with this program.

Questions? Please email

Are you a Good Food Organization or a Community Food Centre affiliated with Community Food Centres Canada?

Is your organization located in Atlantic Canada, Quebec, Ontario, Saskatchewan or Alberta?

Are you a registered charity or qualified organization listed with the Canada Revenue Agency?

Do you have annual financial statements audited in Canada?

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