Application deadlines each year fall on February 15 and September 15. Please complete the preliminary questions on the Contact page to get your application started.
Carrot Cache is a non-profit organization that funds practical projects in Ontario that are beyond the ideas stage, and is interested in promoting and supporting:
For local organic food initiatives, Carrot Cache wishes to grow the sector and sustain the web of connections and co-operative infrastructure necessary for long term success. For Farms, value added production and regional food hubs, this includes financial viability.
For worker co-ops, Carrot Cache is interested in how the investments will help create and maintain secure, well paying jobs.
Money is loaned or granted to organizations, businesses or individuals who work collaboratively. Our mandate is to support small projects that implement changes within the regional food system. Our investment generally can be anywhere from $500 to $5,000. We like to see the money leveraged and to understand how the project will sustain itself after the start-up phase. Carrot Cache also makes secured loans through Alterna Savings, a credit union and purchases non-voting shares in worker co-operatives and businesses. These can be for larger amounts. A business plan is required for these investments.
The Board meets two or three times per year to make the final funding decisions. Application submissions are due approximately three weeks before the meetings, and candidates will know the results the following week.
To discuss the eligibility of your proposal and the proposed amount of your request, please complete the preliminary questions on our contact page. An eligible proposal will then be forwarded an application form, which should be completed and returned by email. Additional support materials can be mailed if necessary.
All projects funded have a community component and assume good food is a right for all people.