Maple Leaf Community Fund

CLOSED - Will begin accepting applications in February 2017  | Sample 2016 Application


Grants from the Maple Leaf Community Fund support the capital-related needs of food security programs that promote dignity and build individual and community capacity.

The funding is available to both Oxford and Middlesex counties; therefore London Community Foundation and Oxford Community Foundation partner on intake and vetting process.


The following criteria must be met to be eligible for funding consideration:

1. The Food Security Program must fit at least one of the following three categories:

  • Food Literacy- providing people with the information, understanding and skills to provide healthy food for themselves and their families. (e.g. nutrition/food safety/meal planning)
  • School & Other Nutrition Programs- promoting, educating and allowing people to access healthy meals. (e.g. School breakfast/lunch/after school programs; nutrition and fitness programs.)
  • Sustainable Initiatives Beyond Conventional Food Bank Models– initiatives that establish a reliable supply of nutritious food and promote self-sufficiency. (e.g. social enterprises that support food security; community gardens; social profit enterprises with a focus on food security including training programs for unemployed, at-risk youth and single parents)

2. Applications for capital funding as opposed to operating costs are preferred.

3. Programs must be within the counties of Oxford and/or Middlesex.

4. Applicants must not be aligned with political campaigns, religious organizations, individual or for-profit business, lobbying or advocacy groups.

2015 Grants

Middlesex County:

Investing in Children- $24,320

  • Kitchen infrastructure for twenty-four schools in London and Middlesex

Growing Chefs! Ontario- $5,080

  • Kitchen infrastructure to support and expand their free cooking workshops
Oxford County:

Oxford County Nutrition Partnership- $12,000

  • Kitchen infrastructure for twelve school's coordinated school nutrition programs

2014 Grants

Middlesex County:

Youth Opportunities Unlimited in London, $15,500

  • Start-up costs to produce the soup line
  • Materials, supplies and equipment for the Young Mom's food security workshops

Easter Seals Ontario, Camp Woodeden, $5,000

  • Freezer and food storage shelving
Oxford County:

Fusion Youth Activity and Technology Centre in Ingersoll, $17,500

  • Appliances and dishes etc. to convert kitchen to a commercial training kitchen for youth

Tillsonburg Senior Centre, $1,150

  • Series of cooking workshops aimed at seniors

Habitat for Humanity Heartland Ontario, $2,850

  • Kitchen cupboards, appliances etc. for Woodstock build

Questions? Contact Lori Runciman, Director, Grants | 519-667-1600 x 105 | grants [at] lcf [dot] on [dot] ca