Vancouver Coastal Health North Shore is pleased to announce Advancing Urban Agriculture Grants for 2012. Deadline for Application, March 9th 2012.
These grants (up to $2,000) aim to increase food security for all members of the North Shore community while specifically working to improve access to healthy foods for people with low income. The goal of this program is to advance urban agriculture on the North Shore.
Projects may request funding for various aspects of urban agriculture. This year, initiatives that are related to the priorities that arose from Table Matters: A Community Discussion about Food Security meeting will be priorities. The priority areas are: residential food production, agricultural education for adults (mentoring) and children, urban farms, marketing local/regional food, and food recovery.
Developmental activities including building your group’s capacity to do food gardening or creating a food garden on a communally owned piece of land (private or public).
Food security strategies including developing connections between grassroots organizations and city councils, pursue a “Farm to School” initiative, develop a venue for food exchange or mini-farmer’s market, increase number of community ambassadors who are lay educators, or start a 4H Club.
Food security policy development supporting new policy or policy change, and/or alignment of policies in an organization, related to food security and food gardening. For example, your interest group may work with your organization, municipal environment committee or others to advocate for allocation of land for a community garden.
Community non-profit organizations and formal and informal community groups (e.g., Strata building residents, neighbourhood residents, Blockwatch groups, churches, schools, preschools etc.) All applications will be considered.