Local Food Projects - Financing and Support

NRBHSS Funding & Support 2021

The NRBHSS prevention and health-promotion team offers support to local organizations to run food projects that contribute to food security, health and well-being. The NRBHSS can provide in-person support, funding, training and resources (toolkits, recipes, etc.).

Local initiatives we can fund and support should aim to target one or more of these three objectives:

  1. Improve knowledge and skills to grow, harvest, preserve, choose or prepare food
    For example, activities where people come together to learn traditional and new ways of preparing country food, to learn new recipes with healthy food or how to grow vegetables in the North would fit under this objective.
  2. Support people to have a better access to good & nutritious food
    Creating a community kitchen where people cook a big batch of hearty, healthy meals for themselves and their family, providing healthy meals or locally grown vegetables to elders and low income families, or selling them at an affordable price to community members, or organizing gatherings that break isolation while providing nutritious meals are a few examples of activities that would meet this objective.
  3. Contribute to a stronger local food system
    Examples on how to strengthen the local food system: creating new jobs or volunteering opportunities as part of your food project, developing/improving basic infrastructures to have more nutritious food sourced locally, reducing food waste (e.g., composting, utilizing food donations from stores, cooking with all parts of animals) and developing strong partnerships with local food producers and harvesters, as well as other organizations working on food programs.

Your project must prioritize one or more of these objectives to be eligible for funding. However, additional objectives and activities targeting health and well-being can definitely be part of your project proposal.

If your project is mainly an on-the-land initiative, we encourage you to apply to the NRBHSS Nunami – on-the-land program.


Funding details

Amount available

Maximum per project in 2021-2022: $50,000/year

Projects requesting $30,000 and more should target all three objectives (skills and knowledge building, access to healthy food and improve the local food system, see page 1)

Eligible expenses

Eligible expenses can include:

  • Salary for a local coordinator, a local project manager, a cook, babysitters, etc. (under the payroll of a local organization)
  • Honorarium for a knowledgeable speaker
  • Healthy food from store and country food
  • Cooking equipment and serving equipment (container, utensils, etc.)
  • Appliances (stove, fridge, etc.)
  • Gardening materials and soil, including material to build cold frame
  • Small growing system
  • Gas (e.g., for food delivery)
  • Rental fees (e.g., truck, equipment, room for activity)

Other expenses may be eligible. Contact an officer for more information.

Not eligible:

  • Infrastructure expenses (building construction or maintenance, vehicles, etc.)
  • Junk food, cigarettes, alcohol
  • Cash prizes
  • Salary of an employee who organizes or participates in the activity as part of their job functions
Modalities for 2021-22
  • Non-profit organizations, family houses, municipalities and health centres can apply. An individual or group of citizens who want to apply need to find a local organization that will agree to administer funding.
  • Schools should apply first to their Healthy School program by sending a request to the Healthy School officer. If additional funding is needed, the Healthy School officer (KI) will forward the funding request to the NRBHSS.
  • Profits are not allowed through sale of food or services. In the case where meals or food are sold, the money must be reinvested in the project.
  • There can be more than one project per community if they have different objectives or target a different clientele.
  • Funding will be confirmed yearly and the application needs to be renewed every year.
  • Funding for local food projects will be available for at least the next five years.
  • An activity and financial report must be submitted twice a year (mid-term & end-term). A template will be provided.
  • Organizations can apply any time during the year, but we encourage people to apply as early as possible in the fiscal year (from April to June).
  • Those modalities will be subject to change in the coming years to adapt to the number of requests we will receive.

Training, support & additional resources

The NRBHSS prevention and health-promotion team can also offer:

  • Technical support to plan and run the project: develop project objectives and budget, information about other funding sources, support for accounting and reporting
  • Technical support to evaluate the impact of your projects
  • Yearly gathering and training for local food initiatives that contribute to food security, health and well-being (to be confirmed for 2021-2022)
  • On-the-job training and workshops for the staff who run initiatives (cooking, food hygiene and safety including MAPAQ food-handler certification, nutrition tips, gardening)
  • Toolkits and resources: recipes, nutrition factsheet, how to start a community kitchen

Contact persons

Léa Laflamme, Jordyn Stafford and Amélie Bouchard



1. A small amount for improving infrastructures that can contribute to improving access to healthy food could be available for your project (e.g. greenhouse, minor renovations of kitchen space). Contact an officer for more information.