Applying for a Grant

The Local Food Investment Fund is an agrifood grant program, generously funded by the Government of Ontario. The LFIF has three streams providing financial support to local food leaders across Ontario (funding opportunity is not limited to the Greenbelt), with the common goal to increase the amount of local food consumed in the province.

Updated Grant Application Guidelines for each of our grant streams are now available

Broader Public Sector Grant Stream

Market Access Grant Stream

Local Food Literacy Grant Stream 

If your application is approved, your project must be completed by May 15, 2018.

Applications are now open for the Local Food Investment Fund, with financial support from the Government of Ontario, in partnership with the Greenbelt Fund. 

To apply for funding, all applicants must register first on our online grant portal.

The deadline to submit a Letter of Inquiry is Thursday August 3, 2017, 5:00pm EST.

Step-by-Step Guide to Making an Application

Step 1: Please carefully review and read the Grant Guidelines for eligibility. We encourage you to contact Sagal Dualeh ( 416-960-0001 ext 338) or Franco Naccarato ( 905-875-2077) to discuss your project. 

Step 2: Register on our online portal
Click on "Register to the Greenbelt Fund" NOT the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. Once registered, you will receive an email notification with login information, which will give you access to the online portal and application forms.
Step 3: Submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) by the deadline.  
Once registered and logged in, familiarize yourself with the online portal by clicking on the left-hand menu sections: "Information" and "Grantee Portal".
IMPORTANT: To begin the LOI application, click on the "Information Page" of the online portal and click the "Apply For a Grant" button at the bottom right hand corner. 
Step 4: Once you begin populating and saving your LOI submission, it will appear on the left-hand menu under "Pending LOI". 
Step 5: Once your LOI is complete and you are ready to submit your LOI, click the "Submit" button. Your LOI will appear under "Submitted LOI".
Friendly reminder: please review the "Grantee Portal" page if you need help navigating the online portal.
Step 6: If your LOI submission is successful and is selected for the second stage, you will then be invited to submit a "Full Application". All applicants who submit an LOI will be notified about the decision, on whether to submit a "Full Application" or not.

*NOTE: If awarded a grant for this intake, recipients must complete the project by May 15, 2018, including the Final Report. All project-end invoices/receipts for reimbursement, as per the project budget, must be dated and submitted for processing no later than May 31, 2018.
Troubleshooting: If you experience any technical difficulties with the online portal, please contact Sam Cheuk at (416-960-0001 ext. 311). 
Application-related inquiries: The Greenbelt Fund invites applicants to contact us at any time to discuss ideas. Our staff can provide advice and guidance to help prospective applicants submit the best application possible. Contact Sagal Dualeh (416-960-0001 ext. 338) or Franco Naccarato at (905-875-2077).   
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