Three Farm to School Core Elements

Healthy Schools BC Regional Grants

Deadline: October 31, 2018

Region: BC School District, Groups of Public Schools, Independent and First Nations Schools

Funding Available: $5000

General Grant Information

Healthy Schools BC Regional Grants support education and health-sector partners to work together on initiatives that support healthy schools, with a focus on promoting mental health and wellbeing, and Indigenous ways of wellness.


The Healthy Schools BC Regional Grants 2018/2019 are based upon the following three themes:

  •  In partnership, explore the connections between physical and mental wellbeing  across whole school environments;
  • In partnership, explore Indigenous ways of wellness  and their impact on supporting wellness across whole school environments;
  • In partnership, define and pursue your own approach  to supporting the mental wellbeing of students and/or all members of your school community.

Connection to Farm to School

Link to Application

Farm to Cafeteria Canada

Deadline: October 31, 2018 @11:59PM PST

Region: Nationwide

Funding Available: $1500

• This draw is limited to Canadian preschools, schools or campuses. Representatives of any preschool, primary, middle, secondary, public, private school or campus in Canada that engages students in a farm or local food to school activity during the month of October 2018 are ENCOURAGED to register.

• The preschool, school or campus must have participated in at least one #DigInCanada activity as part of Farm to School month Canada between October 1-31, 2018.

• The online registration form above must be completely filled out for each preschool, school or campus that participated in an activity to celebrate Farm to School Month Canada.

• One photo must be submitted illustrating the way your school was “Digging In” during Farm to School Month Canada OR a link to a social media post that includes a photo about your F2S activities must be provided. Use the hashtag #digincanada in your post. The photos must be colour and high resolution and must depict students engaged in the activity. By participating, you are consenting Farm to Cafeteria Canada to use the photo provided.

• Along with the photo, you must share (1-2 sentences) why your school is excited about (or inspired by) farm and local food to school activities.

• For each photo submitted on the online form, consent must be given by filling out your name and date.

•Applicants must add their preschool, school or campus to our National School Food Map here: ( . If you have previously entered your school on our map, please make sure your information is up to date by searching for your school at the link above.

• The applicant must be 19 years of age or older.

• The applicant must check off the boxes at the bottom of the registration form that indicate he/she has submitted a photo, added consent for each photo submitted and that he/she has read and agrees with the terms and conditions for the prize draw.

• The registration deadline is 11:59 pm (Pacific Standard Time) – October 31, 2018.

*By registering, you could be entered to win one of three $1,500 grants. Detailed instructions, and eligibility are included in the registration formThose who wish to #DigInCanada but are not representing a school are encouraged to participate, however; only K-12 schools are eligible for the seed grants.

Connection to Farm to School

Link to Application

Whole Kids Foundation (Garden Grants)

Deadline: October 15, 2018 at 6pm EST/5pm CST

Region: Nationwide

At Whole Kids Foundation, we know that the more kids know and feel connected to their food, the more curious they become about how things grow or taste, and the more willing they are to try new foods. This is why we believe in edible garden learning spaces!

Our Garden Grant Program supports edible educational gardens located at a school or non-profit organization.

Connection to Farm to School

Link to Application


Deadline: October 24, 2018 @11:59PM

Region: Vancouver School Board

2018-2019 Grants

Small Grants for Schools

The City of Vancouver has provided $25,000 for TEGS to distribute to VSB schools for small project grants in the 2018-2019 school year. If your school’s team is eligible, these small grants are available to help you start-up, expand, or improve school projects in the areas of food production, food waste management, food preparation, food access, food policy, food justice, and other food systems-related teaching and learning activities.

Connection to Farm to School

Link to Application

Go Grants (Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation)

Deadline: February 15, 2019

Region: K-12 classes and schools in BC

Funding Available: $600 (classroom) and $3500 (school)


The focus of GO Grants is to help get students outdoors learning and participating in hands-on experiences in nature. Field trip grant applications are available to K-12 classes and schools in BC.

Grant Criteria

The key criteria for GO Grants trips or projects are:

  • conducted outdoors in a nature setting;
  • focused on learning about BC’s fish, wildlife, habitats or biodiversity;
  • linked to curriculum;
  • hands-on or experiential for students; and
  • planned to include before and after extensions to the trip or project.

Grant Amounts

The maximum amount a single class can apply for is $600. For requests for multiple classes, school and or district applications, the maximum amount that can be requested is $3500.

Grant Eligible Items

  • transportation (bus, boat, mileage etc);
  • outdoor field trip equipment (e.g: dip nets, pH meter, butterfly nets, magnifiers, field guides etc.)or habitat stewardship project materials (e.g: nest box supplies, native plants, student gloves for planting); and or
  • outdoor field trip leader,secondary teacher on call and program fees(e.g: Biologist, conservation group fee for outdoor program etc.).

Successful Grant Requirements

GO Grants that are awarded will need to:

  • submit a field trip report;
  • field trip photo(s);
  • complete an online post evaluation; and
  • submit a school or school district invoice (using the invoice template) with receipts by July 15th for Spring grants or by March 31st for Fall/Winter grants.

All grants are distributed after the completion of the field trip and with the submission of an invoice and receipts.

Connection to Farm to School

Link to Application

Honda Canada Foundation

Deadline: Ongoing

Region: Canada wide

Funding Available: $1M dispersed annually (grant amounts unspecified)

Enabling the realization of dreams. We support people and organizations that focus on our four pillars: Family, Environment, Engineering, and Education. This allows us to make a contribution to Canadians everywhere.

Connection to Farm to School

Schools could create a project proposal that connects both the Environment and Education pillars (or one or the other), focusing on supporting the development of sustainable regional food systems (Environment pillar) and/or in the area of the Hands-on Learning core element of Farm to School (Education pillar) focusing on school gardens, creation of composting systems, food skills development, etc. The scope of these grants appear to be fairly wide, so perhaps infrastructure or equipment for food service could also be included as it relates to food literacy education.

Link to Application

McCreary Youth Action Grants

Deadline: TBD

Region: Province wide

Funding Available: Up to $500 per youth-led project

The Youth Action Grants are a project of the McCreary Youth Advisory & Action Council. The Youth Action Grants were created to provide BC youth (ages 12-19) from school districts that participated in the 2013 BC Adolescent Health Survey, the opportunity to deliver a project which aims to improve youth health in their school or community.

Connection to Farm to School

Link to Application