Emergency Funding

Second Harvest is pleased to have partnered with the Federal Government: Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada and The Sprott Foundation to offer two emergency funding streams to support registered charities and non-profits across Canada.  These funds have allowed Second Harvest to respond to the increased demand for food support by providing communities with food, grocery gift cards and funding during COVID-19. 

By September 2020, Second Harvest will have granted $20 million to help feed Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please stay tuned for the results of our funding efforts. 

If you have funding questions, please email emergencyfund@secondharvest.ca

FoodRescue.ca Emergency Fund  Indigenous Application 

Status: Closed, deadline July 31, 2020 11:59pm PST

Results: Applications currently under review

Second Harvest has distributed close to $5 million in emergency funding to Indigenous communities and organizations during the COVID-19 Pandemic.  The FoodRescue.ca Emergency Fund will be granting another $1.5 million by opening a new funding cycle that focuses on providing further support to Indigenous peoples during COVID-19. 

The FoodRescue.ca Emergency Fund is an emergency response initiative that can provide both financial and food support through Second Harvest’s FoodRescue.ca. This funding and food support are available to Indigenous-led organizations, Indigenous community groups, First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities supporting people through food programs and initiatives 

To learn more about this funding opportunity, please access the application by clicking the following links: 

Selection Criteria  

  • Activities and timelines: Will the proposed activities address urgent, immediate community needs to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak and directly support access to safe and nutritious food?
  • Budget: Does the budget reflect reasonable costs for the proposed activities?  Are expenses related to the successful delivery food programming?
  • Impacts: Does the project offer direct, meaningful benefit to the recipients or anticipated number of individuals?  
  • Funding qualification:  Are you an Indigenous-led group/organization?  The applicant is not a member of, or received emergency funding through; Community Food Centres Canada, Salvation Army, Breakfast Clubs of Canada or Food Banks Canada (includes provincial and local affiliates). 

Meeting these criteria does not guarantee funding. Applications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, depending on total available funding and the number of grant applications submitted.  

FoodRescue.ca Emergency Fund 

Status: Closed 

Results: Pending 

The FoodRescue.ca Emergency Fund is an emergency response initiative that can provide both financial and food support through Second Harvest’s FoodRescue.ca. This funding and food support are available to Canadian non-profits and charities supporting people with food. Our goal for this initiative is to provide hope, security, and inclusivity during a time when so many feel isolated and left behind.    

Selection Criteria  

  • Location and population served: Are you a registered charity or non-profit organizationAre you reaching under-served populations?  Are you supporting remote or rural communitiesHow many individuals are expected to be reached? 
  • Activities and timelines: Will the proposed activities address urgent, immediate community needs to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak and directly support access to safe and nutritious food?
  • Budget: Does the budget reflect reasonable costs for the proposed activities?  Are expenses related to the successful delivery food programming? 
  • Impacts: Does the project offer direct, meaningful benefit to the recipients or anticipated number of individuals?  

Funding qualification:  The applicant is not a member of, or received emergency funding through; Community Food Centres Canada, Salvation Army, Breakfast Clubs of Canada or Food Banks Canada (includes provincial and local affiliates). 

Meeting these criteria does not guarantee funding. Applications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, depending on total available funding and the number of grant applications submitted.  

 Grocery Gift Card Fund 

Status: Closed 

Results: Pending 

Thanks to a generous donation from The Sprott Foundation, registered charities and non-profit organizations can apply for up to $20,000 in grocery gift cards.  The purpose of this fund is to support front-line organizations working to get healthy food to those in need during the COVID-19 pandemicSecond Harvest is ensuring support through this funding reaches Canadians in urban, rural and Northern remote communities by working with grocery retail partners, Loblaws Company Ltd. and North West Co. 

Selection Criteria 

  • Location and population served: Are you a registered charity or non-profit organization? What under-served populations do you support? How many individuals are expected to be reached? 
  • Activities and timelines: Will the proposed activities address urgent, immediate community needs to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak and directly support access to safe and nutritious food?  Is there evidence of a meal and/or food program within the organization? 
  • Impacts: Does the project offer direct, meaningful benefit to the recipients or anticipated number of individuals?  

Meeting these criteria does not guarantee funding. Applications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, depending on total available funding and the number of grant applications submitted.  

RECOGNITION POLICY

Government Funding

Second Harvest must maintain the standards of public accountability and ensure transparency regarding the distribution of public funds, Second Harvest therefore requires that all applicants for funding agree that Second Harvest and the government that provided funding to Second Harvest will recognize the applicant and disclose certain information about funding applicants and funding recipients to the public.

Funding for the FoodRescue.ca Emergency Fund is provided to Second Harvest by the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (“AAFC”) on behalf of the Government of Canada (“Canada”), Second Harvest will provide AAFC and the Government of Canada with information about funding applicants and recipients, including:

  • the name of the organization;
  • the location of the organization;
  • the amount received by the organization (if applicable);
  • the type of organization (e.g., Community organization, food bank, food support, health/wellness center, indigenous organization, municipality/district, national organization, religious organization, school/education center or other); and
  • the activities or the expenditures funded (e.g., food, infrastructure, PPE, labor).

AAFC and the Government of Canada may use information about funding applicants and funding recipients to:

  • inform the public of the ultimate recipient’s projects funded through Second Harvest and of AAFC and the Government of Canada’s role as a source of the funding, and
  • inform the public through announcements (e.g., news release) by representatives of the Government of Canada such as AAFC or through a listing or interactive maps of Ultimate Recipients’ locations on a Government of Canada website

Second Harvest may use information about funding applicants and funding recipients to report to inform the public of the funds requested and projects funded. Second Harvest may share information about the projects funded in its annual report, social and traditional media.

Private Funding

Second Harvest may share the results for the projects funded by private funding sources with the funder(s) and Second Harvest Second Harvest may share information about the projects funded in its annual report, social media, and traditional media. Funding recipients are encouraged to use all opportunities to acknowledge the funding provided through Second Harvest/FoodRescue.ca using social and traditional media.