Organics Infrastructure (Large and Small) grants program

Stream 3: Food Donation

This stream is currently closed to applications.


This is a $54 million program that provides funding through the following streams:

  1. Organics Processing Infrastructure
  2. Business Organics Recycling
  3. Food Donation (this page)
  4. Product Quality
  5. Home Composting which is no longer being offered.

This stream provides infrastructure and equipment such as refrigerated vans and freezers to food relief agencies to increase their capacity to safely collect and redistribute surplus food to people in need.

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


Grants of between $10,000 and $500,000 were available, covering up to 90% of capital costs relating to infrastructure and equipment to collect, store and redistribute surplus food from businesses.

Who can apply?

Grants were available to not-for-profit organisations only and must comply with the ATO’s definition. 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 an incorporated association under the NSW Associations Incorporation Act 1984. Community groups which are not incorporated were eligible to apply, but only if they arranged for the grant to be administered by a council or other incorporated non-profit organisation on their behalf.

Guidelines and application forms

This program is closed to applications. The forms and guidelines below are for information purposes only.


The reporting templates for grantees are provided below (a quick link for downloading the forms is also available on the right-hand column of this web page). Grantees should refer to their Deed of Agreement for documents and evidence to be submitted in addition to the documents below.

Project Measures Captures projected and achieved quantitative data for your project. The same report should be built on and submitted for each milestone.
Milestone Report Communicates your project’s progress and achievements at set agreed milestones during the project.
Final Report Communicates your project’s final achievements on project completion.
Statement of Expenditure Reports on expenditure to date for each milestone and final report. The Statement of Expenditure should be built on for each milestone and the final report.

Past recipients

Project summaries are available for the awarded projects to date.  The program has delivered the following funding rounds:

  • In 2017, a total of $636,053 was allocated to 4 projects.
  • In 2016, a total of $584,459 was allocated to 4 projects.
  • In 2015, a total of $932,248 was allocated to 7 projects.
  • In 2014, a total of $186,018 was allocated to 4 projects.
  • In 2013, a total of $1,243,977 was allocated to 3 projects.
Page last updated: 05 December 2018