The BC Government’s Grow Local program offers funding to BC organizations to increase the ability of British Columbians to grow food locally.

The Grow Local program grants up to $25,000 in funding over two years to 10 communities to support community-led solutions to help British Columbians access and use information on how to grow food.

Applications to the BC Government’s Grow Local Program are now closed.

Program Objectives

The objective of the Grow Local program is to provide funding to organizations to increase the ability of British Columbians to grow food locally.

This pilot project will focus on increasing local food supply security by supporting local citizens and communities to “grow local”  by providing educational resources and hands on practical advice on how to grow their own produce, and creating a stronger value and connection for locally grown food and for the agriculture sector in BC.

Eligible Participants

  • Local government
  • Regional Districts
  • Non Profit organizations
  • Social enterprises
  • Aboriginal organizations
  • First Nation governments

For-profit businesses are not eligible to apply.

Timelines

  • Applications can be submitted from September 30, 2016 to November 4, 2016.
  • Funding decisions will be made in December 2016. Successful proponents will be notified by January 31, 2017.
  • Projects can begin on February 1, 2017 and end no later than December 31, 2018.

Eligible Projects

Eligible projects include:

  • Group education and awareness activities (e.g. workshops, info sessions, mini-courses, ‘how to’ demonstrations, ‘meet ups’ between novice and experienced gardeners) on how to grow local food
  • Individual “education” activities (e.g. one-on-one consultation and advice) on how to grow local food

Ineligible Projects

  • Community Supported Agriculture initiative, defined as a community of individuals or families who support a chosen farm and its family. Each individual or family purchase, in advance, a share, called a subscription, of the year’s crop. Thus, the customers become virtual partners or ‘co-producers’ in the farm, sharing risk and reward with the farm family. Throughout the growing season, each week subscribing member receives equal shares of the freshly harvested food from the farmer
  • Assisting citizens to grow food crops for commercial sale
  • Infrastructure costs (e.g. cold storage, machines and equipment, establishment of community/allotment gardens)

Selection Criteria

In addition to eligibility criteria, selection criteria will take the following into consideration:

  • Alignment with the Grow Local program goals:
    • Increase engagement in local food production
    • Increase local food production knowledge and skills
    • Increase the perceived value of agriculture by British Columbians
    • Strengthen your community’s ability to create greater food supply security for all
  • Geographic representation: in selecting projects the Province may select projects to represent BC’s different regions. Projects based in the same region are encouraged to partner
  • Projects that include both group and individual education on local food production
  • Projects which leverage existing resources and initiatives maybe prioritized
  • Project which include partnerships with local, regional or First Nations governments maybe prioritized
  • Projects which engage youth maybe prioritized
  • Available funds

For more information

For more information please review the Grow Local Program Guide. If further information is required, contact Peter Donkers at pdonkers(at)iafbc.ca.