July News

Funding Opportunities

Seeking out BIPOC-led Food Systems Projects – by July 7, 2020

  • The McConnell Foundation is exploring how it might address long-term COVID-related food security challenges, and would like to hear about food systems projects that are led by Black, Indigenous, or other People of Colour (BIPOC). Whether local/regional food systems projects, or national policy projects, they are interested in work that will contribute to a “Just Transition”, that:
    • takes a systems-change focus, toward greater food justice, and
    • builds power, leadership and food security in marginalized communities.
  • They’ve created a simple form so that you or anyone else can provide some of the key details and contact information of BIPOC-led food systems organization or initiatives working in one or both of these areas, that may benefit from funding in the $50k-$70k range.

    Please contribute by July 7 and circulate widely.

    For more information, contact khodgins@mcconnellfoundation.ca
    Kelly Hodgins, Food Security Granting Team, McConnell Foundation.

Indigenous People’s Resilience Fund (IPRF)

  • The Indigenous Peoples Resilience Fund (IPRF) is an Indigenous-led effort, of the Community Foundations of Canada to respond to urgent community needs while taking a long-term view on building community resilience.
  • Any Indigenous-led organization or Indigenous-serving organization working to foster resilience in Inuit, Metis and First Nations communities in Canada can apply for resiliency funds ranging from $5,000 to $30,000.
  • Among the examples of eligible projects is those responding to “Sustainable access to food and strengthened local food systems.” For more examples of eligible projects, see the Applicant Guide here.
  • Learn more on the Community Foundations of Canada website here.

AAFC launches second call for proposals under the Local Food Infrastructure Fund

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) has announced the launch of the second call for proposals under the Local Food Infrastructure Fund. The Fund aims to strengthen food support organizations and to help improve access to safe and nutritious food for Canadians at risk.
  • The second call for proposals under the program will support small and large community-led projects at facilities such as urban gardens, community kitchens, food banks, and greenhouses. It could also support a cluster of organizations who are ready to enhance their regional food systems.
  • Apply and learn more here.
Food for Thought: Reflections and Resources on Race & Food Work

How is your community addressing the intersections of racial disparities and food insecurity, in an ongoing way, in light of COVID-19, and now? What conversations are you having in your organizations around how anti-Black racism shows up in your food work? If your organization is BIPOC-led, what are the ways you are building food sovereignty? What resources have you come across for supporting thinking through an anti-racist or food just lens in your municipality and community? What relationships do you have with Black-led and Indigenous-led food organizations? What about other organizations led by People of Colour? How are you supporting their work through funding and the way budget is allocated? What does the composition of your food councils, your boards, your staff look like? How do you centre Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour voices in your work?

Some resources, and ways you can support follow below.

Upcoming Events

Future of Food Webinar Series:
Building Resilient Food Systems During COVID-19 and Beyond

  • This webinar series features many of the foremost food systems experts from UBC and across BC, brought to you by the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems (CSFS), the BC Food Web and the Faculty of Land and Food Systems (LFS) and other partners to be announced.

  • Register, and watch recordings of past webinars here.
  • Topics include:
    • What’s a food system anyway? Unpacking the global and local food system – May 28

    • Decolonizing the Land and Food System: Indigenous Resilience in Times of Crisis – June 11

    • A food system in crisis: climate change, COVID-19, and pathways forward – June 25

    • The role of innovation in building a food-secure future – July 9

    • Essential labour, essential lives: migrant agricultural workers and COVID-19 – July 23

    • Eating close to home: fostering the local food system during COVID-19 – August 6

    • Farmers: lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic – August 20

    • The right to eat: Tackling food insecurity during COVID-19 – TBD

In Case You Missed It

  • A Food Policy Action Plan in the Context of Covid-19. 
    Food Secure Canada has published a policy action plan for renewing the country’s food system in response to Covid-19, and needs your help with spreading the word. Read more here.

Aiming for Resilience in Canadian Food Systems:
Call for Submissions

Arrell Food Institute and the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute invite you to participate in a project that will gather evidence on what happened to the Canadian food system during the pandemic. Submit your evidence or experience document. Submissions are accepted in .doc or .pdf formatting, until July 17th, 2020.