Maple Leaf Community Fund

Maple Leaf Fund

CLOSED for 2017.  Will begin accepting applications in February 2018.



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 the application intake and vetting process.


The following criteria - revised and effective January 2017 - must be met to be eligible for funding consideration:

1. The Food Security Program must be a core activity of the applicant and 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. The request must be for capital funding as opposed to operating costs. (eg. material/equipment; not food)

3. Applications with leveraging, collaboration and sustainability elements are preferred.

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

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


Oxford County Applicants: Contact Louise Wardrop, Executive Director, Oxford Community Foundation | 519.539.7447 x 229 | lwardrop [at] oxfordcommunityfoundation [dot] org

Middlesex-County Applicants: Contact Lori Runciman, Director, Grants, London Community Foundation | 519-667-1600 x 105 | grants [at] lcf [dot] on [dot] ca