Community Food Security and Agriculture Awareness Program

The Community Food Security and Agriculture Awareness Program will support community-led education programs and outreach activities that will result in local market expansion and improved community food security, i.e. raise the profile of PEI agriculture, increase access to affordable local food, or improve health and food safety.

Before completing the online form, please review program and funding criteria  in the Community Food Security and Agriculture Awareness Program Guidelines

Am I eligible to apply for funding?

Funding is offered through two sub-programs:

  • Community Food Security Sub-Program: Registered not-for-profit groups, Mi’kmaq First Nations and other Indigenous groups may apply.
  • Agriculture Awareness Sub-Program: The above groups as well as agriculture producers, agriculture industry organizations, agri-businesses and agri-processors may apply.

What do I need to know about each sub-program?

Community Food Security Sub-Program offers funding to create community, government and industry partnerships that support PEI residents in obtaining safe, culturally acceptable, nutritionally adequate diets through a local, sustainable food system that maximizes community self-reliance. Projects should aim to be explicitly inclusive of one or more of the following groups of people:

  1. Mi’kmaq and other Indigenous Groups;
  2. Newcomers to Canada;
  3. Refugees;
  4. Children and students, preschool, K-12 or post-secondary
  5. Women;
  6. Urban residents or rural residents;
  7. Senior citizens (55+);
  8. Individuals with a disability; and/or
  9. Individuals with a low income.
Note: Applications will be assessed and graded by a committee of government and community representatives who have experience in community food security and/or professional experience with groups who are considered under-represented. Committee members are required to sign a Conflict of Interest Agreement and abstain from adjudicating any applications where a conflict of interest may exist.

To apply for funding, please complete and submit the online form below before midnight May 31, 2018


Agriculture Awareness Sub-Program provides funding to develop and coordinate promotional events, campaigns and education activities to increase agriculture awareness and food literacy and to create activities linking the agriculture industry with schools and the public to promote agriculture. 

The Agriculture Awareness Program remains open throughout the year for applications.  Please complete and submit the online form.

What do I need to complete the online form?

You will be asked to include information as follows:

  • The sub-program to which you are applying; 
  • Full identification and contact information (demographic profile information is optional);
  • Business and industry information;
  • Project information including title, start and end date and total number of weeks proposed;
  • Funding amount requested and whether other government funding has or will be secured; 
  • The project's activity area (selection list offered); 
  • How the project aligns with the Department's goals (selection list offered); and 
  • A detailed project proposal using the following subject headings (applicants may complete this section online, or they may upload a PDF file within the application).
    • Cover Page - Include the project title, expected start and end date, and contact information.
    • Executive Summary - Provide a brief summary of the project.
    • Project Objectives - Describe the issue your project will address and the project's final objectives.
    • Timeline - Identify the project's timeline and activities (including submission of the project's final report). Include the activity's description, any person(s) or organizations associated with the activity and the activity's start and end date. (Start and end date also included in the cover page)
    • Results - State the expected commercial and/or economic benefits of your proposed project. Also, note if there are positive environmental impacts expected because of this project.
    • Program Outcome - Describe how your project will positively contribute to this specific outcome of expanding domestic and international markets.
    • Budget - Identify total project costs and funding requested from the program.
    • Evaluation – Explain how you will measure whether the project investments and activities achieved the objective of this project, how you will measure progress made toward achieving the project objective, and how you will communicate the evaluation results.
    • Communication of Support (if applicable)- Describe how you intend to recognize the support of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries in project communication material.

Who can I contact for more information on these programs?

For more information contact:

Community Food Security & Agriculture Awareness Information Officer
PEI Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
11 Kent Street, PO Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE, C1A 7N8
Telephone: (902) 368-4880
Fax: (902) 368-4857