About the Greenbelt Foundation
The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is a charitable grant-making organization working to help keep farmers successful, strengthen local economies, and protect and grow natural features.
An overview of the Greenbelt's impact from the 2015 Annual Report.
On February 28, 2005, the Ontario Government established a provincial greenbelt, adding one million acres of farmland and environmentally sensitive areas to the already protected Niagara Escarpment and Oak Ridges Moraine. Now a world-class model for preservation, Ontario’s Greenbelt is the largest of its kind, spanning almost 2 million acres of protected forest, farmlands, and wetlands, and continues to grow.
Shortly after the Greenbelt’s creation, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation was established. A non-profit organization, the Foundation operates independently from the government to coordinate and fund activities that bolster the richness of life in the Greenbelt.Since 2005, we have invested and leveraged more than $47 million into farming, environmental protection, and tourism projects to make the Greenbelt a great place to live, work, play, and grow.
In 2010, the Greenbelt Fund was created to support the Foundation’s mission of enhancing and supporting agriculture in the Greenbelt and throughout Ontario. The Fund delivers support to farmers and local food leaders to ensure more Ontario food is served and distributed through our public institutions, retail, and foodservice markets including hospitals, schools, and long-term care facilities. Helping to overcome challenges and support economic growth, the Fund’s goal is to create systemic change to permanently increase the amount of local food consumed in the province through grants, education, policy, and networking initiatives.