Grants in Action: Eat Local Grey Bruce
In 2020, Community Foundation Grey Bruce, in partnership with Georgian College, awarded $341,381 in funding to 9 social purpose organizations in Central Ontario through the Investment Readiness Program (IRP), funded by the Government of Canada. One of the local recipients was Eat Local Grey Bruce that received $45,000 to formalize policies and procedures, complete full financial assessments and perform strategic planning for sustainable growth. The Investment Readiness Program (IRP) supports social purpose organizations as they contribute to solving pressing social, cultural, and environmental challenges.
Callum Batten, the Outreach Manager from Eat Local Grey Bruce, shares "Eat Local Grey Bruce is a non-profit local food cooperative - basically an online grocery store connecting Producers and Eaters within Grey and Bruce Counties and Collingwood. We strive to provide healthy, local, fresh products right to our members' doors, or to community partners for them to pick up.
Being a recipient of the IRP grant has been significant for Eat Local. Not only are we able to invest in further policy and procedure development as we mature, alongside diving deeper into brand and marketing, we have also been able to support the creation of our Solidarity Model. Our Solidarity Model embeds support for BIPOC and lower-income folks to have equal access to local, ecologically sustainable food alongside more privileged folks within our cooperative.
We are deeply grateful for the support and are excited to continue our work in building vibrant and sustainable local food systems and to support our membership in more equitable, collaborative, and sustainable ways."
Innovative social purpose organizations, such as Eat Local Grey Bruce, help strengthen local economies while giving back and creating more resilient and sustainable communities.