Criteria for CFC partner organizations
• The organization has existing, trusting relationships with members of low-income communities, and would be able to offer CFC programming that is targeted at low-income communities (roughly 80% or more of participants served are low-income, established by means other than means-testing)
• The organization has or can secure the physical space required for programs, including a commercial kitchen, dining/meeting space, offices, and a garden close by
• The organization embraces the shared Community Food Centre vision, strategic objectives and principles, and can demonstrate that the board, senior staff and other key stakeholders are supportive of the mission direction
• The organization is committed to developing programming representation in the areas of access, skills, and engagement
• The organization is located in a community that can sustain a CFC (likely a mid-size to major city, though there may be exceptions to this rule)
• The organization agrees to adopt the Community Food Centre identity for the initiative, and to brand the space as such
• The organization has a track record of visionary, effective leadership
• The organization has staff infrastructure that is (or could be, with added CFC resources) robust enough to support the project
• The organization is willing to assign in-kind support to the project, proportionate to its size (i.e.: assigning existing staff, providing bookkeeping or access to space and equipment)
• The organization is committed to implementing evaluation tools and contributing statistics to a shared evaluation framework that will allow CFCC to demonstrate collective impact across CFCs
• The organization is willing to participate in the capacity-building and/or collaborative fundraising framework necessary to build long-term financial sustainability, and ultimately to take on a significant local responsibility to resource the project
• The organization understands and is prepared to enter into a collaborative meeting and decision-making framework with CFCC involving regular meetings and a program/organizational development process based on values alignment and consensus
1. If your organization meets most of the above criteria, please download and fill out our Questionnaire for Interested Organizations and email the completed document to Program Manager Bronwyn Whyte. Please note that this is not an application process. Please direct any questions about the questionnaire to Bronwyn Whyte at 416 531 8826 ext. 222.
2. After the questionnaire is submitted, CFCC staff will follow-up to learn more about your organization. After several initial conversations, if both parties are interested in moving forward, CFCC staff will aim to visit the organization’s community to meet with key staff and board members, tour the physical space and connect with key stakeholders.
3. The final step of the selection process involves the submission of a detailed application by the interested organization. CFCC will receive and evaluate all applications, taking into consideration information gathered during initial conversations and site visits, and notify applicants in a timely manner.
Please note: Though we strive to run the application and selection process on a calendar year basis, there are many factors that may delay or speed up the process. We encourage all interested organizations to submit a completed questionnaire so we can keep your organization’s information on file to be reviewed in the early stages of the next selection phase.
Questions? Contact Program Manager Bronwyn Whyte at email@example.com.
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