The Local Food Infrastructure Fund (LFIF) is a $60 million project with a 5-year lifespan that ends on March 31, 2024. It was developed as part of the Canadian government’s food policy to promote a healthy and environmentally friendly food supply. By building and bolstering their local food system, community-based, not-for-profit organizations that aim to eliminate food insecurity are the target audience for the LFIF.
The fourth intake of the LFIF will run from June 1 to July 22, 2022, and it will concentrate on initiatives that either develop an entire food system or just a component of one. Projects must be community-driven, infrastructure-specific, and focused on enhancing Canadians at risk of food insecurity’s access to wholesome, nutritious, and local foods.
To give rapid-response awards to help avoid hunger through investments in infrastructure needs, the third intake of the LFIF took place from July 12, 2021, to September 3, 2021, mobilizing an additional $10 million that was proposed in Budget 2021. The effect must have been focused, quick, and directly tied to reducing food insecurities and improving community access to wholesome, nutritious, and ideally local foods (ies).
Along with the more specific infrastructure demands mentioned above, the second intake of the LFIF featured more complicated, multi-year projects that strengthened local food systems. This intake ran from June 9, 2020, through February 12, 2021.
Small community-based organizations were the primary beneficiaries of the LFIF’s initial intake, which ran from August 15, 2019, to November 8, 2019. It was designed to help them upgrade their facilities and buy equipment to make it easier for their neighbours to access wholesome, ideally local foods.
Only applicants who fall into at least 1 of the following criteria are eligible for this fund:
- situated in rural areas (population under 1,000)
- Small towns (population between 1,000-29,999)
- For example, Indigenous communities, administrations, and non-profit organizations are located in either urban or rural settings.
Additionally, qualified candidates must:
- a goal of lowering food insecurity
- possess the ability to enter into legally enforceable agreements, be a legal organization, and include a (n)
- Indigenous population (for example, not-for-profit organization, government or community) (example, not-for-profit organization, government or community)
- a philanthropic or community organization (for example not-for-profit organization)
- Cooperative not-for-profit municipality (population under 30,000)
Applications must include documentation proving their legal standing and their position as a not-for-profit organization, such as Certificates and Articles of Incorporation, a constitution, etc. These records must be produced and submitted by or to an Indigenous Band Council, a provincial, territorial, or federal authority, as appropriate.
How to Apply?
The application intake period is available and will close at 11:59 p.m. on July 22, 2022. (PDT).
- To assist you in completing your application form, refer to the detailed instructions in Annexes A and B and the Applicant Handbook.
- Download the project application form, fill it out, and save it to your computer.
- Before applying, click the “Check for Errors” button in the form’s upper right corner after completing each page.
- Your form must be submitted along with the relevant supporting documentation.
You will receive an acknowledgment notice upon the submission of your application.
After receiving your application, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada check to see that all necessary forms and declarations have been submitted and that there is enough information in the application to allow for a thorough evaluation.
You will receive a message after the application has been determined to be finished and prepared for evaluation. The application is only considered complete if the assessment service standards have started.
Application submission to the programme should not be assumed until an acknowledgement notice is received.
Applications that are not complete won’t be reviewed.
- The program’s objective is to meet our service criteria at least 80% of the time after you apply, under typical conditions.
- Before the end of the following business day, respond to general questions sent to our phone number or email address.
- Receive applications and acknowledge receipt within one (1) business day.
- After an application is deemed complete, it is evaluated, and, within 100 business days, a letter of acceptance or rejection is sent.
For more information, please contact the program by:
E-mail: [email protected]