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.