(OMAFRA) Following a successful launch and high interest in the Local Food Fund, the program was temporarily paused on July 1, 2014, while the ministry undertook a review of the fund’s design. The review provided an opportunity to look at ways to improve the fund’s objectives and make any necessary adjustments needed to best target and support Ontario’s local food initiatives.
As a result of the review, a funding cap will be implemented for ‘for profit’ businesses. For-profit businesses will now be able to apply for a maximum of 50 per cent funding, however they are encouraged to apply for less.
The program review is now complete and the ministry will begin accepting new applications on November 24, 2014. To be considered eligible, an application must be submitted between 9:00 a.m. on November 24, 2014 and 11:59 p.m. on January 16, 2015.
The fund supports projects in four categories:
- Regional and local food networks;
- Enhanced technologies, capacity and minor capital;
- Research and best practices; and
- Education, marketing and outreach
To be considered eligible, an application must be submitted between 9 a.m. on Nov. 24 and 11:50 p.m. on Jan. 16, 2015.