Love food hate waste grants program

Aim of the program

This program complements the Environment Protection Authority's (EPA) successful Love Food Hate Waste  program with over $1.4 million of funding over four years. The aim is to raise awareness of food waste and provide households and businesses with simple actions they can do to reduce the amount of edible food disposed of in NSW.

Grants are open to eligible Love Food Hate Waste partners such as councils, council groups, non-government organisations and community groups.  Four funding rounds are planned for this program.  Three funding rounds have now been completed.

This program is being delivered through a partnership between the Environmental Trust and the EPA under the Waste Less, Recycle More Organics Infrastructure  fund. Additional information can be found on the EPA website .

Round 4

Grants of up to $70,000 was made available for new projects or additional activities to existing Love Food Hate Waste projects. 

All projects incorporate a monitoring and evaluation plan that is integrated into the project and measures changes in community knowledge, attitudes and behaviours relating to food waste avoidance. Projects must also use Love Food Hate Waste resources, website and key messages. 

Love Food Hate Waste Business Program

The Love Food Hate Waste program has recently developed new resource kits for businesses to identify and avoid food waste by providing an all-in-one information package. Applications are encouraged in this round for Love Food Hate Waste partners to work with the local food businesses in using the kit. The kit includes: 

  • Templates
  • How-to videos
  • Forms to complete a food waste review
  • Action plan to avoid spoilage, preparation and plate waste
  • Tools to educate staff and customers.

For more information and a sample of the kit, contact the EPA Love Food Hate Waste program managers at

Grants awarded

In Round 3 the Environmental Trust awarded funding to 10 projects totalling $324,310.  A list of successful projects and project summaries is available on the 2015 grant summaries page.

Previous funding

  • Round 2 allocated $237,684 to eight projects.  A list of successful projects and project summaries is available on the 2014 grant summaries page.
  • Round 1 allocated $356,797 to ten projects.  A list of successful projects and project summaries is available on the 2013 grant summaries page.

Guidelines and application forms

Example forms and guidelines

StageOpening dateClosing dateForms
(one stage process)
Closed Closed

2016 Guidelines

(PDF 560KB)

Project plan definitions

(PDF 214KB)


Project plan form

(DOC 232KB)


Application budget

(XLSX  176KB)


Application form

(PDF 672KB)

Further information

For application enquiries, please contact the Environmental Trust:

Phone:   (02) 8837 6093; or

For EPA General program related issues or questions, please contact the EPA:

Phone:   (02) 9995 6890; or

Page last updated: 15 August 2016