Organics Infrastructure: Stream 3 - Food Donation

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

This program is now open to applications. Applications close 3pm Thursday, 27 June 2019.

Program streams

The $54 million Organics Infrastructure (Large and Small) Grants Program has 4 streams:

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

A previous stream, Home Composting, is no longer offered.

The Organics Infrastructure (Large and Small) Grants Program is delivered through a partnership between the Environmental Trust and the NSW Environment Protection Authority.


The Food Donation stream funds infrastructure and equipment (such as refrigerated vans and freezer) that allow 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 are available to cover up to 90% of the capital costs of infrastructure and equipment.

Who can apply?

Grants can be made only to not-for-profit organisations (as defined by the Australian Taxation Authority).

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 only if they 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 for applications.


Project measures table

Use the project measures table (XLSX 69KB) [organics-infrastructure-project-measures-180180.xlsx] to help you set the baseline for your project (its starting point), create targets and record progress, so that 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. After your report is reviewed and accepted we’ll pay your next grant instalment.

When your project finishes you’ll have to submit a final report that says 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 (XLSX 16KB) with all your milestone reports. You also 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

Email reports and other documents to (50MB limit).

Acknowledgement requirement

Please acknowledge the funding you’ve received from the Trust in all publications and materials related to your project. We ask that you say:

This project was supported by the Environmental Trust as part of the NSW EPA’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative, funded from the waste levy.

You also need to use the logos of the NSW Government and the NSW Environment Protection Authority. See Funding acknowledgement and logos for details.

  • 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