Sustainable Table Fund

Grant Guidelines + Eligibility.

To be eligible for Sustainable Table funding:
Your project must fall under one (or more) of our Impact Areas
Fulfil the below criteria and conditions

Impact Areas.

Our impact areas are a response to the question, “How can we best support thriving local food systems?”. After deep consultation with farmers, community members and key local stakeholders, four ‘big ticket items’ emerged; areas that most deserve our energy, attention and investment. Farming for Regeneration & Resilience, Innovative Enterprises, Nutritious & Local Food for All, and Mobilised Communities. These impact areas help maintain diversity and representation in the granting process, support philanthropic collaboration and guide project selection (it’s not easy being on the receiving end of so many great ideas!). Have a read and see where your project sits.

Farming for Regeneration & Resilience

Nature is integral to food production; with soil, water, bees, insects and other flora and fauna all providing essential ecosystem services. With increasing threats such as urbanisation, environmental degradation, pollution and the added challenge of climate change, there is urgent work to be done to build the security of our future food supply whilst protecting biodiversity and regenerating the land.

Project examples

  • Regional on-farm biodiversity planting to encourage and protect food pollinators and beneficial organisms facing increasing environmental threats.
  • A program that supports local farmers to transition to regenerative farming by building soil health and adopting climate sensitive practices that encourage biodiversity and help to sequester carbon.

Innovative Enterprises

Many groups striving to improve the local food system are exploring or expanding innovative business models that ensure healthy and sustainable food is available and accessible to all. Many leading the charge to transform our food system face various barriers including; access to land, water, customers and the training to maintain a viable business. We understand that innovation, testing new business models and accessing enterprise training may not be achievable without increased capacity and funding to do so.

Project examples

  • Establishing new models of land ownership/trust/lease to encourage a new generation of farmers who have not inherited land.
  • Exploring improved ways to support new/existing local food distribution and access i.e. food delivery, hubs, markets.

Nutritious & Local Food for All

The food system should provide everyone with access to healthy, nutritious and culturally appropriate food grown in an ecologically sound way; however, Australians experiencing disadvantage face greater barriers of affordability and access. We believe that increasing food literacy, equipping people with the skills to embrace a healthier way of eating and supporting people to experience stronger connections to each other through food, improves community wellbeing, health and food security.

Project examples

  • Engaging community members in workshops and programs to increase food skills, food growing capacity and knowledge.
  • New food access models that address the possible stigma associated with food relief, so that everyone is given the opportunity to shop and eat with dignity.

Mobilised Communities

Social movements and people power are the catalyst for systems change. Engaging with the broader community, educating people and inspiring action-based solutions is an integral part of galvanising communities and improving our food system. We seek to support projects undertaking this important work at a grassroots level.

Project examples

  • A regional program or event that encourages participation in activities relating to climate change impacts, food bowl threats or food systems change.
  • Advocating for change of local policies and planning to increase community access to local, healthy and nutritious foods.
  • Community education programs that inspire local food engagement and support e.g. pollinator education program, behaviour-change campaign, community food production.

Eligibility and conditions

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  • Grants are awarded for $10 000 or less. However, if you’ve got a big bold idea that breaks the budget, please get in touch. We never say never.
  • If you can illustrate collaboration between groups to achieve a bigger impact, then we’d consider a larger funding request split between collaborating parties. Contact our Grants Team to discuss.
  • Projects must be based in, or work with communities based predominantly in the Mornington Peninsula, Casey or Cardinia municipalities of Victoria or Mackay, Isaac or Whitsunday regions of Queensland.
  • The primary focus of your project must fall under one or more Impact Areas.

APPLICATIONS ARE INVITED FROM

  • Not-for-profits, charities, schools or community groups (DGR status not mandatory).
  • If you are a business or individual and would like to apply, you must be able to illustrate a clear environmental benefit or social purpose. If you are unsure whether you or your business qualifies, please contact our Grants Team before preparing your application.

THE FOLLOWING PROJECTS ARE INELIGIBLE

  • Projects for private benefit
  • Projects that are party political in nature
  • Endowment funds
  • Projects that are not located in or predominantly working with communities in the region covered by the Mornington Peninsula Shire, Cardinia Shire or City of Casey (VIC) or Mackay, Isaac or Whitsunday region (QLD).

CONDITIONS OF FUNDING

  • Projects must commence within 3 months of the allocation of funds.
  • Funds must be acquitted on the project as described in the application, within 11 months of receipt of funds.
  • Successful applicants will be notified of their acquittal report due date upon signing their contract.
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