Organics Infrastructure: Stream 3 - Food Donation

This stream of the Organics Infrastructure (Large and Small) grants program 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 stream)
  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 Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water 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.

If you are successful in obtaining funding for your project, you will need to provide regular reports on your progress.

Project measures table

A project measures table will be provided to you with your grant agreement. The project measures table will assist with setting the project baseline, creating targets, recording progress and project achievements.

An updated project measures table will need to be submitted with each progress report.

Progress reports and final report

You are required to submit milestone (progress) reports at agreed intervals to outline what your project has achieved and next steps.

Milestone reports are submitted to the Environmental Trust, who will check to ensure that expenditure is as per the agreed budget. The reports will also be reviewed by technical experts who may provide feedback or advice. Once reviewed and accepted the associated payment will be processed.

A final report will be required upon completion of the project, and once checked and approved the final payment will be made.

Please use 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 milestone report. A certified financial report will be required as part of the final report.

Other documents

You may be required to submit other documents or evidence as listed in your grant agreement.

Where to send reports

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

Acknowledgement requirement

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

This project is supported by the Environmental Trust as part of the NSW Environment Protection Authority's 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