Our goal is to increase access to healthy food with a focus on strengthening local community-based food systems through community/collective gardens, urban farms, community kitchens, and/or similar initiatives.

To be considered for funding within Healthy Food, the organization/initiative must meet the following criteria:

  • serve a region where Medavie has operations (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador)
  • applicant organization must be a community-based non-profit
  • demonstrate strong organizational financial management and governance
  • benefits a community of people that disproportionately experiences food insecurity and the community is actively engaged in the initiative (e.g., leadership, decision-making, implementation, participation)
  • strengthens a community-based food system and builds upon community belonging (e.g., neighbourhood kitchens, community gardens, community food centres, and urban farms)
  • includes food skills, education and/or community participation alongside access to healthy food
  • tracks effectiveness in terms of food produced and distributed, as well as participation in activities of the garden/farm/kitchen or similar

For an example of a Healthy Food grant, read about our partnership with Hope Blooms.

Questions? Visit the FAQ page.

Apply for funding

Due to demand, we are not currently accepting Expressions of Interest forms or applications for funding until early 2024.

We thank you for your interest and encourage you to return to this webpage for updates on when the intake process will reopen.

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