For over thirty years The Big Carrot has been searching for Nature’s Finest to provide our shoppers with delicious, nourishing and sustainable food. In celebration of this commitment The Big Carrot created the Nature’s Finest Fund. This annual grant program expands the availability of locally produced food and supports and strengthens the working relationships between local family farms and The Big Carrot.
As founding members of Carrot Cache (a small foundation that funds local organic food initiatives), we have seen the transformative power of investing in our regional food economy. Inspired by this success, we want to provide a similar opportunity for our own producers.
To date, 13 grants have been awarded to local farms and businesses increasing our supply of local beans, pastured chicken, organic vegetables, chaga products, kombucha and greens. The grants lent support to some long-standing producers as well as bringing new farmers into our community.
This year The Big Carrot is committing $15,000 for new grants to eligible Ontario Producers.
Nature’s Finest Fund is a grant.
The 2016 Nature’s Finest Fund is $ 15,000. This amount is based on a percentage of our annual Collective Capitol Donations for grants to eligible Ontario Producers.
The grant will remain responsive to the projects submitted so as to be most impactful. Flexibility to award the grant to one or more applicants exists.
Exclusivity is not a term of the Nature’s Finest Fund.
There is no fee for applying.
All Ontario producers who are growing in line with our values and Quality Standards are eligible to apply for the Nature’s Finest Fund. Please see the detailed Criteria for Application.
Priority will be given to those applications from suppliers who share our values of an organic and non-GMO food system. If your product is making an Organic claim, then we do require you to be certified organic.
The Big Carrot is one of the founding organizations of Carrot Cache (a small foundation that funds local, organic food initiatives). We have seen first hand the transformative power of investing in our regional food economy though this work and want to afford a similar opportunity to our own producers. While Carrot Cache funds a wide range of activities and innovations, the Nature’s Finest Fund will focus on helping new and would-be producers of The Big Carrot.
Receiving a Carrot Cache grant/loan does not preclude you from the Nature’s Finest Fund.
Yes, December 7, 2015 is the deadline for Proposals. Learn more about the application procedure and timeline here.
Feel free to contact us at naturesfinestfund(at)thebigcarrot.ca
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The Big Carrot is located in the Carrot Common, 348 Danforth Ave. 3 Blocks east of Broadview Ave. or 1 block west of the Chester subway.
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