Food Sovereignty Grant

The Food Sovereignty Grant funds small projects that will contribute to improving local food production, harvesting and distribution in a way that is sustainable in the long term. The ultimate goal is to improve food security and self-sufficiency on Haida Gwaii. 

Who can apply?

How much money is available

  • Annual budget of $65,000 to be divided between two intakes.  
  • Maximum application is $10,000. Projects that include partnerships and serve multiple communities may be eligible for grants up to $25,000.
  • Equity requirement:
    • Local non-profit organizations 25%
    • Local governments 50%

Application deadline

  • Applications must be received by 4 pm on April 1 or September 1, 2021.
  • Applications must be received a minimum of two months before the project is planned to start. 

Eligible uses of the grant

  • Creation, expansion or improvement of community greenhouses, community gardens, food pantries or farmer’s markets
  • Workshops on growing, harvesting, storing or preparation of local foods.  
  • Projects aimed at increasing local food system control, including access to fresh and healthy food. 
  • Strategic community planning around food sovereignty.
  • Other projects related to improving the production or access to locally produced or harvested foods. 
  • Partnerships and initiatives that involve more than one community are encouraged.

Ineligible uses of the grant

  • Core funding.
  • The purchase of perishable and/or non-perishable food.
  • Businesses and individuals are not eligible to apply.
  • Expenses incurred prior to approval.
  • Other items as outlined in the General Grant Guidelines. 

How to apply

Applications must be submitted online through our grant management system. You will need to create an account to access application forms, save drafts, and submit your application. If you don’t have access to a computer or need assistance with your application, please call or email. 

Approval process

The Gwaii Trust Board of Directors will review complete applications to make funding decisions by consensus. Funding decisions usually take two months after any scheduled intake deadline.