Learn more about the HNAF.
Consistent with our mission – to improve the diet, physical health and wellness of Canadians, the HNAF is intended to focus on advancing current food nutrition research in an innovative way. Potential projects will stimulate targeted public interest, enhance specific health and nutrition dimensions for consumers, as well as provide opportunities for GBC faculty, technicians and student researchers to participate in the research work and generate measurable results to advance nutrition.
Potential outputs may take the form of recipes, menu development, nutritional information, and custom training and market research results. These must be disseminated for easy public access as meaningful resources.
Not-for-profit organizations, charitable organizations, the public sector and the broader public sector (e.g. post-secondary educational institutions; hospitals).
However worthy other initiatives are, the Foundation’s resources are not limitless and, we regret, cannot extend to:
- Fund raising campaigns
- General building funds, not specific to program delivery
- Bursaries and scholarships not related to its Mission
- General capital campaigns
- Deficit financing
- Emergency funds other than for victims of natural disasters in need of nutrition
- Endowments and Chairs
- General operating funds support (i.e. overhead)
- Public policy research and advocacy outside of its Mission
- The advancement of religious organizations and schools
- Poverty relief assisted programs, including community kitchens and food security programs
- Assistance for the sexually/physically abused
- Spousal and child abuse programs
- Assistance for the mentally challenged
- Substance abuse programs
- The arts
- Projects delivered outside of Canada
Projects are generally completed within 12 months of the approval of the application. Those requiring randomized control trials often take longer.
HNAF anticipates that between four and six grants will be awarded on an annual basis. Most grants are in the range of $15,000 – $30,000 each. Applicants are expected to contribute a minimum of 25% of the project costs as matching funds (cash and/or in-kind). Larger or multi-phase projects will be considered.
Additionally, 10% of the funding must be used for project dissemination activities.
The Helderleigh Foundation Board meets four times per year – February, May, August and November to review submissions. A least 4 weeks are required for submission review by the Advisory Board prior to the quarterly meetings. Approvals of projects are made within 2-3 weeks of the quarterly meetings.
It starts with updating Canada’s Food Guide by 2018 — but involves several other important steps:
- Protecting vulnerable populations through the restricting of commercial marketing of unhealthy foods and beverages
- Strengthening labeling and product claims, updating the ingredients lists and nutrition facts tables on food and beverages containers
- Promoting new front-of-package nutrition information, particularly concerning sugars, sodium and saturated fat
- Reducing sodium content and elimination of industrially produced trans-fats in foods
- Increasing access to and availability of nutritious foods for isolated northern communities.