Organics Infrastructure: Stream 3 - Food Donation

Food Donation is a stream of the Organics Infrastructure (Large and Small) Grants Program. It funds infrastructure and equipment for collecting and redistributing food.

This program is currently closed.

Program streams

The Organics Infrastructure (Large and Small) Grants Program has 5 streams:

  1. Organics Processing Infrastructure
  2. Business Organics Recycling
  3. Food Donation (this page)
  4. Product Quality
  5. Transfer Stations

The Home Composting stream is no longer offered.

The Organics Infrastructure (Large and Small) Grants Program is delivered through a partnership between the NSW Environmental Trust and the Energy, Climate Change and Sustainability Division (ECCS, formerly EPA) of the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment as part of the Waste Less, Recycle More initiative.


The Food Donation stream funds infrastructure and equipment (such as refrigerated vans and freezers) to enable food-relief agencies to increase their capacity to safely collect and redistribute surplus food to people in need.

Funding available

Grants of between $10,000 and $500,000 were available to cover up to 90% of the capital costs of infrastructure and equipment.

Who can apply?

Only not-for-profit organisations (as defined by the Australian Taxation Office) are eligible to apply.

Not-for-profit organisations incorporated under the Corporations Act 2001 – Sect 111K must provide proof of their non-profit status.

Community organisations, including community groups, must also be incorporated associations under the NSW Associations Incorporation Act 1984. Community groups that are not incorporated are eligible to apply but must arrange for a council or other incorporated non-profit organisation to administer the grant on their behalf. 

When can applications be made?

This program is currently closed.

Project measures table

Grantees are sent their project measures table with their executed funding agreement. The project measures table helps you set the baseline for your project (its starting point), create targets and record progress. In this way, you can quickly check how you're tracking and record your achievements.

You’ll need to update and submit the project measures table every time you report on your project’s progress.

Progress reports and final report

As you move through your project you’ll have to submit milestone (progress) reports. These will outline what you’ve achieved and what you’ll do next.

Milestone reports are reviewed by technical experts who ensure you’re on the right track and give you feedback or advice. Your report is also reviewed by the Environmental Trust to ensure that expenditure is on track and in accordance with the agreed budget. After we've reviewed and accepted your report we’ll pay your next grant instalment.

When your project is finished you’ll have to submit a final report that outlines what it has achieved.

Use the milestone report form (DOCX 75KB) and final reporting form (DOCX 75KB) for these reports.

Financial reports

You must submit a statement of expenditure with each of your milestone reports. Grantees are sent their financial spreadsheet with their executed funding agreements. You will need to submit a certified financial report as part of your final report.

Other documents

You may also have to submit some other documents or evidence. They’ll be listed in the grant agreement we send you.

Where to send reports

Please email reports and other documents to (50MB limit).

Acknowledgement requirement

You are required to acknowledge the funding you’ve received from the Trust in all publications and materials related to your project. Use the wording below:

This project was supported by the Environmental Trust as part of the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy.

You also need to use the NSW Government logo. See Funding acknowledgement and logos for details.

  • In 2019 (round 7) a total of $900,106 was allocated to 6 projects.
  • In 2018 (round 6) a total of $440,470 was allocated to 6 projects.
  • In 2017 (round 5) a total of $636,053 was allocated to 4 projects.
  • In 2016 (round 4) a total of $584,459 was allocated to 4 projects.
  • In 2015 (round 3) a total of $932,248 was allocated to 7 projects.
  • In 2014 (round 2) a total of $186,018 was allocated to 4 projects.
  • In 2013 (round 1) a total of $1,243,977 was allocated to 3 projects.

Project summaries