Food waste grants for the community sector

The NSW EPA and Environmental Trust are encouraging not for profits and other community organisations to apply for funding for food waste grants.

Two grant programs are available to the community sector to help avoid food waste under the multi-million dollar Waste Less, Recycle More:

  • Food donation grants providing up to $500,000 for fridges, freezers, vans and other equipment needed to collect, store and distribute rescued food to people in need.
  • Love Food Hate Waste education grants, providing up to $70,000 for education projects to help households and  businesses waste less food

An info session “Loving Food” is being held on Tuesday, June 23 at the UNSW CBD Campus, Level 6 1 O’Connell Street, Sydney, from 9.00am until 4pm. Travel costs may be covered for people travelling long distances.

The event will include everything not for profit organisations might want to know about applying for a grant, including eligibility, selection criteria and the application process. There will also be an opportunity to workshop proposals to give projects the best chance of success when it comes to applying.

Full details and link to register at

Also call Matteo Balatti at the EPA’s Organics Unit (02) 9995 6960 or email for more information.


Grab a grant to help your community waste less food

The NSW EPA and Environmental Trust are encouraging you to apply for a grant of up to $70,000. These grants will help educate communities about ways to waste less food and save money.

To assist these applicants, the EPA is hosting Loving Food, an information session and workshop where we will detail the funding opportunities for this program. We will also detail the food donation grants which are available to not for profits.

Event details:

  • Tuesday, June 23, 2015
  • UNSW CBD Campus, Level 6, 1 O’Connell Street, Sydney,
  • 00am until 4pm
  • Register online

Travel costs may be covered for people travelling long distances to attend.

Background to the Love Food Hate Waste grants program

The grants are available under the Waste Less, Recycle More Love Food Hate Waste program and will open for applications on July 22, 2015.

Applicants can tap in to a suite of resources developed by the EPA to encourage positive behaviours to reduce food waste, such as meal planning, shopping to a list, correct storage and using up leftovers. The grants:

  •  provide funding of between $5,000-$70,000
  • are open to incorporated not-for-profit, non-government organisations and community groups and local councils
  • include use of EPA-developed resources, communication tools and messaging

Information about successful Round 1 and Round 2 projects can be found on the Environmental Trust website.

For more information, email the EPA’s Love Food Hate Waste team at or call (02) 9995 6890.


Hidden Harvest

10959313_865251516870416_4462078724516985889_nWelcome, we are Hidden Harvest, an initiative that aims to generate discussion about food waste through culinary pop-up dinners prepared with food that would normally be thrown out. During these up-cycle events we will, quite literally, bring to the table the environmental and social problems of food waste in a delightful setting.

Food waste is an issue that affects everyone in the food supply chain; from wholesale and manufacturing food companies to restaurants, retailers and farmers, as well as the consumer. Wasting food is also a waste of resources such as water and energy used in production, packaging and transport of food, not to forget the significant greenhouse gas emissions that are caused by the decomposition of food in landfills. It is estimated that Australian households throw out $AU 8 Billion of edible food every year, the equivalent of 4 million tonnes of food.
So let’s get together and make that first step towards less food waste!

How does it work?

  1. We pick a date, find a suitable location and invite anyone interested in an enriching and lively evening.
  2. Foods that would otherwise be wasted but are still edible will be collected and transformed into a scrumptious 3-course dinner by the Chef of the evening. The menu will always be unique using the harvest of the day.
  3. Enjoy and consume the creative compilation of the chef
  4. Make a donation towards the event of which the proceeds will be used to set up and/or support other waste reduction projects.

The first Hidden Harvest dinner invite will follow shortly. In the mean time like, follow and share around.