Queensland Government – Food Rescue Grant Program Round 2

Status: Ongoing

Region: Queensland wide

Amount: Up to $500,000


The Food Rescue Grant Program is providing grants of up to $500,000 to food rescue organisations for infrastructure, equipment and operational costs to divert additional food from landfill and redistribute it to Queenslanders in need.

The open, competitive grant process is available to not-for-profit organisations with the primary purpose of food rescue and providing food relief to Queenslanders.

Eligible organisations

The program is open to not-for-profit organisations with a primary purpose of food rescue and providing food relief to Queenslanders. This includes organisations that rescue, process and/or redistribute food that would otherwise be lost from the food supply chain to landfill.

  • Eligible organisations may have food rescue operations outside of Queensland, however project funding must be fully allocated to operations in Queensland that will directly contribute to Queensland’s waste reduction targets and provide food relief to Queenslanders in need.
  • Funding may be requested for multiple project components in one application.
  • Organisations are encouraged to develop partnership approaches to facilitate the expansion of operations.
  • Organisations do not need to make a cash co-contribution.

Eligible projects

The Program will support food rescue organisations to expand their operations with funding for essential infrastructure, equipment and operational costs.

Activities to build future capacity and long-term transformation in the food rescue sector will be highly regarded. This may include activities that develop and adopt:

  • new products and/or packaging to improve transport opportunities and efficiencies and facilitate a geographic expansion to food distribution
  • new markets and distribution networks to provide food to more Queenslanders in need
  • new partnerships within the food supply chain to assist in matching the availability of rescued food to growing demand

Successful organisations are not required to provide a cash contribution to the project, however applicants should clearly demonstrate any cash or in-kind contribution towards the project. Successful organisations will be liable for any project costs incurred in excess of the approved funding amount and will be responsible for ongoing costs associated with infrastructure, equipment or operations following the project end date.

Project examples include:

  • The purchase of refrigerated vehicles to rescue additional food from farms or supermarkets, which would otherwise be sent to landfill.
  • Additional staff wages up to 30 June 2024, such as warehouse and truckdriver wages. Staff wages funded must be demonstrated to increase the organisation’s ability to rescue and/or redistribute food in Queensland.
  • Installation of new equipment that will increase storage capacity and therefore allow the organisation to rescue additional food from their donors. In this case the project timeframes must allow for the installation of the equipment and a period of its operation that allows measurement of how it has improved operations.
  • The acquisition of new food preparation or packaging equipment to allow an organisation to increase their capacity to process rescued food, or access new distribution chains and expand the geographic range of impact.
  • The development of new technologies and/or systems that allow for efficiencies in the food rescue and/or food distribution chain.

More information on eligibility, costs and how to apply is available in the program guidelines (PDF, 746 KB).

Please include the following in your application:

  • as much information as possible about your project timeframes, costs, outcomes, governance and other information that explains the project and its benefits.
  • evidence to support proposed project expenditure such as quotes for capital expenditure, and operational expenditure estimates such as salaries based on current rates or average fuel costs of current vehicles.
  • completed data sheet (XLSX, 54 KB).

For more information: https://www.qld.gov.au/environment/management/waste/recovery/funding-grants

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