Deadline for applications and appeals: Friday, October 25, 2019 at 4 p.m.


Application and Appeal Forms:

  • Full Grant Application form – Kindergarten to Grade 12 Note: there is only one application covering both elementary/middle schools and high schools English, French
  • SNP Grant Appeal form
  • Program Menu form (to be used with the full application only when applying for more than one program) English, French

All applications will be considered for two separate government grants*

  1. City of Toronto Student Nutrition Program grant.
  2. Ontario Student Nutrition Program grant offered by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services. Information about this grant is available from the Ministry’s website in English and French.

*Except new eligible independent schools which will only be considered for municipal funding.

Funding Eligibility

Unfortunately, at this time, it is not possible to award a grant to all qualified applicants or to all programs that received a grant in the past. Funding priority is given to student nutrition programs that have received a municipal and/or provincial grant within the last three years.

The City of Toronto awards grants to some school communities to help them offer a healthy meal or snack to their students. The goal of the grant is to help programs serve healthier foods and operate more days a week.


  • Funding covers only a small portion of total program costs and is based on individual program needs.
  • Most funding for programs comes from parental contributions and local fundraising.

To be eligible for a Student Nutrition Program grant, your program must:

  • Provide breakfast, morning meal, snack or lunch to school-aged children or youth
  • Operate in a publicly funded elementary or high school in Toronto, unless the program has maintained funding since 2007
    Note: No new afternoon snack, lunch or dinner applications are being accepted.

Breakfast and morning meal programs receiving provincially enhanced funding are encouraged to operate five days per week, offer meal programming during the morning hours and offer full meals. Other programs must operate a minimum of 2 days a week.

Funding Criteria

All programs receiving a municipal and/or provincial grant are required to meet certain funding criteria. These include:

  • Serve food according to the Student Nutrition Program Nutrition Guideline
  • Be offered to all students, regardless of their ability to contribute financially
  • Serve foods that promote faiths and cultures of students
  • Submit financial and activity reports every month
  • Always have at least 1 person on site when the program is running who has been to the Student Nutrition Program Food Safety and Nutrition workshop training within the past two years. Encourage all volunteer Student Nutrition Program coordinators and other volunteers to attend this free workshop offered by Toronto Public Health.

The Student Nutrition Program Grant Application Guide has the full funding criteria details.

Grant Application Resources

You can learn more about the grant by reading the following information: