Help Ontario’s local food entrepreneurs achieve their dreams!
Seeking: Organizational partner or consultant
Organization: Fair Finance Fund
Location: anywhere in Ontario
Fair Finance Fund
Request for Proposal
1. Summary and Background
The Local Food and Farm Co-ops is currently accepting proposals for the Fair Finance Fund Loan Specialist.
The Fair Finance Fund (“Fund”) is a non-profit social finance fund dedicated to providing loans and mentorship services to local food and farm enterprises that value strong local food systems, local economies, and a healthy planet. The Fair Finance Fund has built on seed capital to implement an ongoing investment opportunity for community-minded investors, that is, individuals who want to invest their capital to build local food systems in Ontario to support food that is grown, raised and processed in their own backyards.
The Loan Specialist will be part of the team implementing the Fair Finance Fund, which includes the Project Manager (LFFC) and the Board. Partner organizations or contractor will have communications capacity for outreach, consultations and survey administration as well as internal financial administration. The Loan Specialist can be an organizational partner or a consultant based at LFFC.
Eligibility and guidelines
This RFP is open to organizations or consultants with expertise in project development in Ontario’s food and farming sector, and a network of contacts and partners in their region. Successful proposals will include access to a home or organization office for equipment and office costs.
2. Project Purpose and Description
The mission of the Fair Finance Fund is: to mobilize equitable and accessible capital for Ontario's food and farm enterprises that create social, environmental and economic benefits.
The Fair Finance Fund (“Fund”)is a non-profit social finance fund dedicated to providing loans and mentorship services to local food and farm enterprises that value strong local food systems, local economies, and a healthy planet. The Fair Finance Fund builds on seed capital to implement an ongoing investment opportunity for community-minded investors, that is, individuals who want to invest their capital to build local food systems in Ontario to support food that is grown, raised and processed in their own backyards.
By fulfilling the mission, the Fund:
The Fund is an incorporated non-profit corporation governed by a Board of Directors, with a Loan Review Committee, management by the partners and Fair Finance Fund staff, and a pool of advisors to support loan recipients to achieve success in their social enterprise.
The Loan Specialist will provide input and expertise to develop the loan program, create objective policies and procedure, and support the first group of loan applicants. They will work closely with the Project Manager and team to aggregate input from Ontario various regions, and ensure that work plan goals are met across Ontario.
The Local Food and Farm Co-operative (LFFC)
Mission: Fostering vibrant, resilient, connected and sustainable food and farm co-operatives
The LFFC is an incorporated non-profit co-operative that provides organizing and development support for food and farming co-operatives in Ontario. LFFC currently provides training and development for over 75 co-ops across the province, including the north. Food and farm co-ops have been instrumental in the rapid development and success of local food and agriculture in Ontario. The member co-ops provide stable markets for hundreds of regional producers and processors, and support an estimated 1000 jobs directly, and thousands more indirectly. LFFC provides training and capacity-building online and in person, and coordinates peer-to-peer support among the member co-ops.
The LFFC network’s membership has grown exponentially over the last few years, an expansion that is representative of the wave of food co-op development sweeping North America. LFFC members represent a range of co-op types, including consumer, multi-stakeholder co-ops, producer and worker co-ops and food and agriculture sectors; retail markets; farm co-ops; online food hubs that aggregate and distribute for customers; co-op food hubs aggregating local food and distributing to regional markets; and other co-op businesses working in regional food. LFFC members focus on local organic, often fresh food. Currently, the LFFC network is the only association explicitly serving local food and farm co-ops in Ontario, and in Canada.
3. Timeline: The contract is for December 1 to March 29 with the possibility of extension.
Please note that further outcomes may be requested or some changes may be necessary as the project develops.
5. Project Budget
The budget for this contract is in a range depending on experience and other considerations and will be commensurate with that experience.
6. Bidder Qualifications
The candidate will have:
Submissions should provide the following items as part of their proposal for consideration:
7. Proposal Evaluation Criteria
LFFC will evaluate all proposals based on the following criteria. To ensure consideration for this Request for Proposal, your proposal should be complete and include all of the following criteria:
Each proposal must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00 pm on December 13, 2018. Please no phone calls. Potential candidates will be notified if an interview is requested by December 20.
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Current status: Open/apply now. Date publiée : Dec 3 2018 Numéro : 49511