Funding Criteria

Criteria for carrot cache funding

There are two streams of funding available through Carrot Cache:

  1. Funding from Carrot Cache
  2. Funding from Nature's Finest Fund

This page details the funding criteria for funding from Carrot Cache.

What we're looking for

Carrot Cache is looking to fund food projects that are driven by individuals or groups who are facing systemic barriers and/or lacking funds from other resources to complete projects that improve or create change within the local food system in Ontario.

Our Funding Priorities

Applicants from a community that faces systemic barriers e.g. Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, people with disabilities, 2SLGBTQ+, remote communities etc will be prioritized.

Regional food economies

Local organic agriculture

Community food strategies

Broader food systems initiatives

Who We Fund


Small Businesses

Worker's Co-operatives

Not-For-Profit Organizations

Community Groups**

Research and Advocacy

Media-Based Education: Print and Web-based media that advance a sustainable and just regional food system

* We only accept applications from farms that produce food

** You do not need to be a legal entity to receive money from the Carrot Cache.


For Individual Farmers/Business Owners

Applicants must meet at least one of the criteria below to be eligible to apply. Priority is given to applicants that meet more than one criteria.

Applicants from a community that faces systemic barriers e.g. Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, people with disabilities, 2SLGBTQ+, remote communities etc.  (this list is not exhaustive)

Tenant Farmers who:

do not have support from family or a previous career that has allowed them to buy or use for free, land and/or business assets
who do not qualify for conventional loans because they do not own land or other assets to use as collateral

Business owners without access to credit or capital to qualify for a loan

Community focused projects that have no access to other grants/funding and that directly benefit people who face systemic barriers

For Non-Profits/Grassroots Groups/Co-ops

Groups with members that face systemic barriers, and led by people from the community they serve.


System level projects that have an impact on improving the operation of a sustainable and just food system, support communities that face systemic level barriers and that have no other access to funding.

Groups must:

  • Have a full-time, year-round staff of 3 or less
  • Have no staff dedicated solely to fundraising
  • Have no funding from family foundations / corporations / government or United Way
We Do Not Fund:

Organizations that have received funding from Carrot Cache three or more times in the past

Organizations that currently receive money from foundations, corporations, the United Way or government (including grants from the Trillium foundation).

Travel, individual education, HST, conferences and projects outside of Ontario

Projects that are completed and seeking cost recovery

Requests outside of our granting cycle

Emergency food projects (ie., food hampers)


Carrot Cache grants are between $500 and $5000


Carrot Cache purchases non-voting shares in worker co-operatives and businesses. These can be for amounts between $5000 and $15,000 and requires an accompanying business plan summary.