Community Food Security and Food Education Program


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The primary objective of the Community Food Security and Food Education Program is to increase the amount of fresh local food on menus in schools and/or licensed early childhood centres.

Other objectives are to:

  • promote good nutrition and healthy food choices;
  • build community self-reliance and collaboration;
  • link farmers to consumers;
  • enhance the pride and joy of growing, preparing, and eating food;
  • build the capacity for people to create change through education and empowerment;
  • create multi-sector partnerships and networks that work toward community food security

Full program guidelines

Who is eligible for the program?

  • Non-profit organizations
  • Community-based coalitions
  • Networks
  • Municipal governments
  • Schools
  • Early childhood centres
  • Band/tribal councils and other Aboriginal organizations.

*Organizations must have a charitable organization number or a provincial incorporation number to receive funding.

What activities will be funded?

Applicants are encouraged to suggest projects and activities which work towards the program objectives. Example activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Healthy food education
  • School gardens
  • Developing a sustainable seasonal lunch menu for schools or early childhood centres that uses primarily local ingredients
  • Hosting a vendor fair to facilitate connections between food services operators and local food suppliers/producers;
  • Developing and piloting a local food literacy workshop or course module that is tailored for one or more of the targeted participant groups (see full program guidelines for more information on targeted participants)

What expenses are eligible?

  • Materials, supplies and small equipment
  • Training delivery costs (e.g., room rental, training supplies, printing and photocopying)
  • Professional fees (related to project only)
  • Product Development
  • Promotion and Marketing initiatives
  • Travel (in province only)
  • Facility rental (excludes space already owned by organizations involved in the project)
  • Other reasonable project-related expenses as identified in the project application and approved by the program committee and/or the DAF.

What expenses are not eligible?

  • Research activities (excludes community needs assessments)
  • Costs of ongoing activities for an organization (i.e. core operations)
  • Individual conference attendance costs including registration, out-of-province travel, accommodations, etc.
  • Capital and infrastructure costs
  • Prizes or contest money
  • Scholarships or bursaries

What funding is available?

Projects are eligible to receive up to $10,000

Multi-year funding will not be considered.

How will applicants be assessed?

Applications received will be reviewed by a committee of government and community representatives.

Applications will be assessed on how the project meets the objectives of the program using the following criteria:

  • Does the project intend to increase fresh local food on school and/or licensed early childhood centres?
  • Does the project strongly align with the program objectives?
  • Is the educational objective clear and apparent?
  • Are the objectives and benefits specifically stated and measurable?
  • Are the goals well articulated, attainable, and measurable?
  • Is the budget complete, realistic and appropriate?
  • Is the evaluation plan complete, realistic, and does it include measurable indicators of success?

What is the deadline for applications?

Applications must be received by the approval committee by October 16th 2017 (11:59 pm), and must meet the eligibility requirements.

How will I know I am successful?

Successful applicants will be notified by the PEI Department of Agriculture and Fisheries by email. Please ensure your email address is included in your application so we may contact you.

Public communication of projects funded will be made by the PEI Department of Agriculture and  Fisheries.

How do I apply?

  • Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria
  • Prepare a written proposal including a budget using the application form
  • Submit the completed and signed application form to:

How do I claim?

Applicants must maintain an accurate record of expenditures incurred and submit, upon completion of the project, the following:

  • a financial statement summarizing expenditures;
  • copies of all paid invoices with verification of payment;
  • a report on the project and its results in terms of meeting applicant and program objectives/purpose; and, when feasible, copies of material produced.
  • other information as noted in the project’s contract with the PEI Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

*Financial claims, supporting documentation and final report must be submitted no later than March 15, 2018.

When does the program end?

The program will terminate on March 31, 2018. This program may be altered or discontinued without notice by the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries.

Contact for more information:

Community Food Security and Food Education Program Coordinator
PEI Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
PO Box 2000 Charlottetown, PE
C1A 7N8
Phone: (902) 368-4880
Fax: (902) 368-4887

Published date: 
November 16, 2017
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Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
5th Floor, Jones Building
11 Kent Street,
P.O. Box 2000,
Charlottetown, PEI   C1A 7N8

Phone: (902) 368-4880
Fax: (902) 368-4857

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