Apply for funding to offer food or cooking programs

The Food Literacy Grant builds on existing community-driven food literacy initiatives. It also includes new and innovative food programs.

Food literacy grants help increase community capacity.

These programs help to:

  • recognize strengths;
  • develop new skills;
  • build community;
  • connect people with others; and
  • work to improve food knowledge.

How do participants benefit?

People who take part in these programs gain confidence in their cooking skills. This leads to greater personal capacity and resilience. The programs:

  • promote social and mental well-being of participants;
  • improve food literacy; and
  • provide learning opportunities.

What will participants learn?

People will learn about food and nutrition, and gain cooking skills. They'll also learn about grocery shopping and budgeting.

The Food Literacy Grant

Kids in the Kitchen

Kids in the Kitchen is a cooking and nutrition education program for children. It focuses on opportunities to explore, learn about and prepare food. 

We Can Cook!

We Can Cook is a community-based cooking program. In this program, people meet in small groups to prepare meals together.

Other programs

Other initiatives may support food literacy including:

  • gardening;
  • grocery shopping;
  • traditional harvesting;
  • traditional preparation; and
  • supportive food environments.

Contact us to discuss your project.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Registered organizations in good standing under the Societies Act
  • Yukon-based not-for-profit corporations incorporated under the federal Not-for-Profit Corporations Act
  • Charitable organizations
  • Only Canadian citizens or permanent residents who've lived in Yukon for 3 months
  • Schools and early learning programs
  • Municipal and First Nations governments

Eligible expenses

  • Food or ingredient purchases
  • Facilitator wages for teaching sessions
  • Honorarium (for example, Elders or youth)
  • Kitchen equipment and supplies
  • FOODSAFE training fees
  • Facility rental
  • Printing and advertising

Ineligible expenses

The funding does not cover overhead or day-to-day operating costs. An example of these kinds of expenses would be rent or utilities for your organization.

How much money could you apply for?

You can apply for between $500 and $3,000.

For an application to be eligible it must include a detailed budget no higher than $3,000.

Application deadlines

The deadline for applications to this grant is 4:30 p.m. on October 31 each year.

If this falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline moves to 4:30 p.m. on the next business day. We will not accept late applications.

How to submit your application

  1. Contact the Health Promotion Unit to find out if your project or event is eligible. Email or phone 867-456-6160; toll free in Yukon 1-800-661-0408, extension 6160.
  2. Complete the application.
  3. Submit your application before the deadline.
    In person: 305 Jarvis Street, 2nd floor, in Whitehorse. Our office is open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    Fax: 867-456-6502​
    Government of Yukon
    Health Promotion Unit (H-305)
    Box 2703
    Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6

Facilitators must attend a day-long training session, in-person or via Zoom. Contact us to find out when we're offering training.


By March 31, you need to submit by email a final report that includes an expense report:

Project ideas and examples

  • A community-based kids cooking club at a local recreation centre.
  • An adult monthly meal preparation program. Participants can learn different recipes or cooking skills and prepare food to share with others or their family.
  • A cooking program for Yukon students that is offered as a course in school.