Funding Process

There is a two-step application process – the submission of a Letter of Intent (LOI) and a more detailed proposal. Applicants must be invited to submit a proposal following review of their LOI. The Centre’s Board of Directors reviews all proposals and is responsible for funding approvals.

The LOI is an important step in our process as only some applicants will be invited to submit a formal proposal. The LOI should be no more than three pages and should address the following:

  • Type of grant requested (Project or Learning)
  • Amount of funding requested and number of years funding is requested for
  • Brief description of the approach and how it advances new knowledge, reduces barriers to food security and has potential scalability
  • Overview of the people/organizations the project will reach and demonstrated support for the initiative from these groups
  • Expected project outcomes
  • Preliminary evaluation questions that a robust evaluation will seek to answer
  • Learning objectives that will benefit the grantee and others engaged in advancing food security
  • Where applicable, additional sources of funding that support this initiative
  • The sustainability of the project after completion of Centre funding

After reviewing the LOIs, the Centre staff will follow up directly with organizations invited to submit formal proposals. Proposals will include greater detail on each of the sections in the LOI, and also include:

  • A logic model using a Centre template, including project inputs, activities, outputs and outcomes
  • A detailed budget for each year that funding is requested

After a proposal is received, it is reviewed by staff and a sub-committee of the Board. Centre staff will engage the applicant to address gaps and refine the proposal, which may result in several iterations of the proposal. Our partners tell us that this is a valuable process, as it helps to enhance the proposal and the outcomes of the project.

Upon approval of a proposal, an evaluation planning worksheet will be completed by the partner and signed off on by the Centre team.

Our next deadline to receive LOIs will be November 10th, 2020. Organizations that are invited to submit a proposal will receive a request by mid-December, with a proposal deadline of January 21st, 2021.

Application Form

* All fields in this form must be filled out.

Scholarship in Food Insecurity

The Centre provides scholarships that recognize the contribution of David Emerson, Wallace McCain and Purdy Crawford as past Chairs of the Maple Leaf Foods’ Board of Directors. Three scholarships are distributed each year for three years, beginning in the 2020/2021 academic year, to support research that advances a better understanding of food insecurity in Canada. They support master or PhD students who propose to pursue research that contributes to the body of knowledge on food insecurity, including determinants, risk factors, impacts and the efficacy of potential interventions such as programs, policies and market instruments.

The application period for the 2021/2022 academic year will open in November 2020 and applications will be due in February 2021.

Click below to download a PDF with funding guidelines:

Scholarship Application Guidelines

2020/2021 Scholarship Recipients

  • Michelle Aktary, MSc candidate at the University of Calgary: Examining the impact of the British Columbia Farmer’s Market Nutrition Coupon Program on diet quality and household food insecurity of low-income adults
  • Lindsey Vold, PhD candidate at the University of Saskatchewan: Assessing the impact of community food programs in northern communities
  • Bochu Liu, PhD candidate at the University of Toronto: Examining time, transportation and geographic constraints on food access in urban environments