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The Feed Opportunity Fund

The Feed Opportunity Fund provides grants to organizations engaged in testing and expanding innovative approaches to advance food security.

We have a strong learning focus. Our approach is to build trusted and open relationships with our funded partners that support collective learning on what works and what doesn’t to advance sustainable food security.

We seek projects with the potential to scale. Through supporting experimentation and insightful evaluation, we work with partners to develop effective approaches, which can be scaled up or out. 

We work with partners to increase their organizational capacity to accelerate and expand their impact. This includes bringing expertise to help partners address barriers and achieve strategic goals. 

We expect projects to work towards one or more of the following outcomes:

  • Consistent availability of nutritious foods
  • Increased physical access to nutritious foods
  • Increased affordability of nutritious foods
  • Increased food literacy and the ability to cultivate a healthy relationship with food
  • Increased financial literacy and ability to influence one’s own financial wellbeing
  • Increased dignity associated with food assistance
  • Increased social support and community connection

Grant Eligibility

To be eligible for the Feed Opportunity Fund, initiatives must:

  • Be led by a registered charity or qualified donee
  • Demonstrate an innovative approach and test measurable hypotheses
  • Develop knowledge and/or skills of people to overcome barriers to food security
  • Build the capacity of communities to overcome barriers to food security
  • Build the capacity of organizations to advance food security and scale the impact of their work
  • Seek to closely and openly work with the Centre to learn what works, what doesn’t, and share that learning with others to advance broader knowledge and change 
  • Evaluate impact through annual project evaluation
  • Provide transparent and insightful reports that measure progress against outcomes, and work with the Centre to course correct, overcome challenges and enable project resiliency

While food does not need to be a core component of a project, the work must be led by or include organizations that provide access to food or have advancing food security as a primary outcome.

We will not consider the following for Feed Opportunity Grants:

  • Organizations that are not registered charities or qualified donees:
  • Faith-based initiatives
  • Political organizations

The Feed Opportunity Fund provides grants that fall under two categories, “Projects” and “Learning.”

Project Grants

Feed Opportunity Project Grants support initiatives that go beyond emergency food relief to help build sustainable food security. We seek to establish meaningful collaborative relationships with partners that support knowledge sharing. Lessons learned will be shared broadly with the objective to scale successful models.

Project Grants typically range from $25,000–$150,000 annually, although increased funding may be considered for initiatives with high potential for scale impact. Grants typically range from one to three years and are subject to annual review, but in exceptional cases may exceed three years to allow time for grantees to prepare, launch, test and scale.

Project Grants will be assessed against the following:

  • Well-defined learning objectives, key activities and milestones
  • Scalability of the approach (this may be scaling up, out or through replication of approach)
  • Barriers and outcomes that will be addressed  
  • Ideas for sharing knowledge and learning with the Centre and others
  • Ability to engage other funders, including the private sector, foundations, academia and government
  • Sustainability of the project post-Centre funding

Upon approval of a proposal, the partner permits Maple Leaf Foods and the Centre to publicly communicate support, including potential campaigns designed to raise awareness and fundraise that are developed in conjunction with the partner.

Learning Grants

The Feed Opportunity Learning Grants advance knowledge transfer, training, evaluation tools and research that further understanding of food security and the efficacy of different interventions. Learning Grants also support networking and research that builds knowledge and collective action on reducing food insecurity.

To be eligible for a grant, proposals must demonstrate how the approach will advance new learning and collective knowledge within the food security sector.

Feed Opportunity Learning Grants typically range from $10,000–$150,000 and may exceed this in projects with significant potential for scale impact. Subject to annual review, Learning Grants may extend up to three years, or more in exceptional cases.

Learning Grants will be assessed against the following:

  • The learning objectives, key activities and milestones
  • How the approach advances knowledge within the food security sector, fills gaps, and builds or strengthens networks
  • Plans for sharing knowledge and learning from the project with the Centre and others  
  • Ability to engage other funders, including the private sector, foundations, academia and government

Upon approval of a proposal, the partner permits Maple Leaf Foods and the Centre to publicly communicate support, including potential campaigns designed to raise awareness and fundraise that are developed in conjunction with the partner.