WHAT KINDS OF PROJECTS DO YOU FUND?
MAZON funds food projects across Canada, including food banks, shelters, community gardens, meals on wheels projects, school nutrition programs, and more. Each year, we support about 175 programs across the country with grants to help them serve better, healthier food to more people.
To receive funds, your organization must meet all the following criteria:
• Feed mostly food-insecure people
• Be registered with the CRA (or have a CRA-registered partner to manage and supervise these funds)
• Request funds only for the purchase of food (not salary, rent, equipment, etc.)
HOW DOES MAZON DECIDE WHICH ORGANIZATIONS WILL RECEIVE FUNDING?
MAZON’s allocations are decided by an experienced volunteer committee. Our process aims to include people with all kinds of backgrounds and experiences: non-profit managers, policy-makers, front-line poverty-relief workers, financial experts, dieticians, and people with lived experience of food insecurity.
When making funding decisions between eligible applicants, we prioritize organizations that:
• Are small and in need
• Have a lot of volunteers
• Operate in rural localities, or are the only source of food aid in their area
• Support specific vulnerable populations
• Serve healthy, nutritious food
• Promote sustainability through food rescue operations
• Help clients in other ways besides giving them food
• Give clients support ending their food insecurity (helping them secure access to permanent housing, employment, EI, etc)
We do not prioritize Jewish organizations over non-Jewish organizations.
HOW MUCH CAN I REQUEST?
If your application is successful, the minimum grant amount you will receive is $2,000.
For most applicants, the maximum amount you can apply for is $5,000 (see below for exceptions).
In 2020, the average grant in this category was around $3,100. We are anticipating a similar average this year.
As mentioned above, larger organizations may be eligible to apply for up to $12,000.
The average grant in this category is $10,000.
In order to apply for grants exceeding $5,000, applicants must meet the following criteria:
You are an umbrella organization (for example: a large food rescue organization that distributes to many food banks, or a school food project that supports a whole region of schools)
You have a total annual budget over $1 million.
WHAT ARE MY CHANCES OF GETTING FUNDING?
In past years, the between 70% and 85% of applicants received some amount of funding.
Most are funded in part and do not receive 100% of what they request.
The exact acceptance rate in any given year depends on the total number of applications we receive. Mazon usually supports around 130 organizations out of 150-180 applicants. See 'How much can I request?' for average grant sizes.
DOES MAZON FUND NON-JEWISH AGENCIES & ORGANIZATIONS?
Yes! Food projects DO NOT need to be Jewish to receive grants from MAZON Canada.
While we’re proud to support any and all people in need on behalf of our Jewish community, we also prioritize organizations that support specific minority populations, are small and in need, or are otherwise doing critical work in underserved communities. We know that many marginalized groups have specific needs and face specific barriers to food security.
When Canadians go hungry, the Jewish community cares!
ON THE APPLICATION, WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MY "PROGRAM" AND MY "ORGANIZATION"?
Your “organization” is the institution that runs your program. Your “program” is a specific initiative or project run by that institution.
For smaller organizations, they are likely to be the same. For larger organizations that operate many programs, questions that ask about “this program” refer only to the specific program for which you are requesting funds.
The Landbury Community Centre serves its low-income community with movie nights, ASL classes, drop-in hours with a social worker, and community dinners. They are applying for funding for the dinners. For them, questions about “program” (i.e., who are the clients served, what is the program budget) should be answers only about the dinners, and questions about “organization” (i.e. annual revenue, financial statements) should be about the whole centre.
The Skybury Food Bank, however, is a once-weekly food bank run by volunteers out of a church basement; it does not have specific sub-programs. For the Skybury Food Bank, questions about program and organization should be treated the same.
CAN I APPLY FOR MULTIPLE PROGRAMS?
New applicants: In 2020, new applicants can only apply for one program. Please choose the program you feel most closely aligns with the the priorities on our Granting Criteria page.
Returning applicants: Please be in touch if you want to discuss splitting your eligible amount across multiple programs by emailing email@example.com.
I DON'T HAVE AN EXACT NUMBER FOR THE ANSWER TO QUESTION X. CAN I ESTIMATE?
Estimating is okay! We don't need exact answers for most questions. The only numbers that need to be exact are ones you’re required to track as a CRA-registered organization anyway, like your revenue.
For example: We support both very big and very small organizations. If you’re not sure if you help 550 or 600 people a year, a guess of 575 will still help us understand whether you’re big or small compared to organizations that serve 50 people a year, or 5000.
THINGS ARE REALLY DIFFERENT FOR MY ORGANIZATION THIS YEAR, AND OUR 2020 ANNUAL NUMBERS DON'T REFLECT THAT. HOW CAN I EXPLAIN MY SITUATION?
We know that a lot has changed for many applicants - distribution method, number of volunteers, financial situation, etc. Other applicants might have only been founded in 2020 in response to the pandemic. We tried to ask in our application, when relevant, for information on your usual operations, and how they've changed during this turbulent year.
If you have a situation you want to describe that we did not create a question for, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org after you’ve completed your application.
AM I EXPECTED TO REPORT ON MY RESULTS? WHAT IS THE TIMELINE FOR REPORTING?
We will expect a brief Impact Report roughly 9-12 months after the grant is issued.
To see what we’ve expected in the past, last year’s Impact Report form is available HERE.