Not every project needs to be its own organization. A shared platform occurs when one organization provides a legal home for an unincorporated project or organization.
reThink Green is using its networks and infrastructure to support community led endeavours, which build a sustainable Sudbury.
Typical services for a shared platform project include accounting, insurance, and office space. It may also include staff time, access to equipment, and mentorship. Each partnership is different depending on the needs of the project.
The initiative being supported contributes to the operating costs of reThink Green, which is less costly to the project than operating independently. By working with reThink Green, the project may be able to access funding that would not otherwise be available.The shared platform is an excellent way for reThink Green to leverage its existing assets to support community projects.
reThink Green is currently hosting three shared platform projects: Clean Air Sudbury, the Sudbury Community Food Forest, and the Sustainable New Agri-Food Products & Productivity (SNAPP) Program. If you are planning or leading a community project, please get in touch with reThink Green if you think Shared Platform would be a good fit for your initiative.
Clean Air Sudbury helps educate people and promote action to improve air quality in Greater Sudbury. It is led by a committee is made up of air quality experts and stakeholders who consider air quality to be an important aspect of our environment and community. Through joining reThink Green, Clean Air Sudbury has secured funding from major corporate sponsors, produced the 2016 Clean Air Report, and delivers educational programs for schools about air quality and climate change.
Sudbury Shared Harvest works to connect food grown in private or community gardens with people who need it. Their first program, Fruit for All, focused on connecting Sudburians who have a surplus of fruit in their yards with people that can use it.
reThink Green is providing the legal home and a shared administrative platform for the Community Food Forest: a pilot initiative developed by Sudbury Shared Harvest. A food forest mimics a woodland ecosystem using edible trees, shrubs, and other perennials. Fruit and nut trees make up the upper level, while berry shrubs and (mainly) edible perennials make up the lower levels. Produce from the food forest will be available to the community, with any excess donated to community food initiatives through the Fruit for All program.
A 9000 square-foot site was selected at Delki Dozzi Park. The Sudbury Food Forest is currently in Phase I of production.
Funding for this project was generously provided by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. This funding will pay for the planning and planting the pilot Community Food Forest and the administrative infrastructure to support it.
In partnership with reThink Green, the Northeast Community Network and Cloverbelt Local Food Co-operative, the Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN) will be coordinating a multi-year funding program for farm and food businesses in northern Ontario.
The Sustainable New Agri-Food Products & Productivity Program (SNAPP) will provide a grants to stimulating the development and expansion of the agriculture and food sector in northern Ontario, addressing challenges specific to northern Ontario agri-food production and promoting value-added processing and innovative production and processing practices that increase scalability, profitability, and competitiveness.
Applications and more information about the program can be found at rainalgoma.ca/snapp.
Please contact Allison Muckle, SNAPP Outreach Assistant for Sudbury, Muskoka & Parry Sound for details.