Since 2018, the Sustainable Table Fund (formerly Ripe for Change) has distributed over $300,000 to grassroots food system initiatives. And we’re just getting started!

About.

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Sustainable Table brings food system players together to share stories, provide opportunities for learning and unlock investment, so that together we can co-create regenerative local and regional food systems across Australia.

We offer food system grants of up to $10,000 (sometimes a little bit more) to projects based in our current focus regions that fulfill at least one of our four Impact Areas.

Together, with our network of investors and food community peeps, we’re working hard to advance regenerative food systems at the speed required to arrest climate change and other intersecting environmental, social and health calamities that have emerged as a result of our industrialised food system.

We have a hunch you might be on the same page, so keep scrolling to learn about our Impact Areas, regions, approach and how to apply.

By investing in grassroots initiatives (and connecting them while we're at it) it’s only a matter of time before a fair and healthy food system becomes the norm.

Regions.

QLD : Mackay – Isaac – Whitsunday

Applications open 19 April 2021 – 21 May 2021

VIc Region Map

VIC : Mornington Pen. – Casey – Cardinia

Discretionary Fund in 2021, by invitation only

Impact Areas.

These four Impact Areas are our way of prioritising food system change. Born of deep consultation with key local food stakeholders, they guide project selection, maintain diversity and focus our investment and attention. For your project to qualify for funding, it must fulfil one (or more) Impact Area.

Farming for Regeneration

From on-farm tree planting to promote biodiversity, to large- scale transitions to regenerative agriculture, we’re supporting those who are building soil health and food security through restorative, regenerative practices.
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Innovative
Enterprises

Reforming our food system ain’t easy. Access to land, water, training and the confidence to experiment are perennial challenges faced by food system innovators. We’re here to build capacity and offer funding so they can do their thing.

Nutritious & Local Food for All

Healthy and culturally appropriate food is the stuff of life — but not everyone has access to it. That’s why projects that bring fresh produce to the people, destigmatise food relief, increase food literacy and put dignity back on the table are so important.

Mobilised Communities

Galvanised communities can do anything. From climate change workshops to advocating for change at a local policy level, we’re finding and exalting those grassroots initiatives that are drumming up serious community clout.

Approach.

We don’t just fund food system initiatives, we invest in them.

Our approach is one of listening and collaboration; providing a buttress for ideas and innovations both mighty and humble.

We identify and support programs and projects through facilitated workshops, community grants, discretionary funding and by facilitating larger scale investment mechanisms.

And then we talk about them.

We talk about what’s happening in our food system to an engaged community of tens of thousands of eaters across the country, beaming stories of regeneration into the consumer space to stoke awareness. Rally support. And with any luck, shift our culture.

A fragile industrial model that fails to value people, animals and the natural world it relies upon, cannot withstand a culture of connection and respect for local, ethical food. So let’s get to work.

Our work is underpinned by the Blueprint for Impact, an investment strategy commissioned in 2020 to support a transition to more regenerative agricultural systems across Australia.

working together with funding and community partners to co-create regenerative local food systems, whilst simultaneously inspiring eaters to buy into what we're dishing up.

Projects.

Farmer Incubator

Delivered by: Farmer Incubator
Region: Cardinia + Mornington Peninsula
Grant amount: $20,000

GROW IT LOCAL

Delivered by: Grow It Local, part of the Garage Sale Trail Foundation
Region: Mornington Peninsula
Grant amount: $10,000

BIG MOB COMMUNITY GARDEN

Delivered by: Willum Warrain Aboriginal Association
Region: Mornington Peninsula
Grant amount: $8,280

EDI GROCER

Delivered by: Edithvale Community Greengrocer
Region: Cardinia, Casey + Mornington Peninsula
Grant amount: $10,000

REGEN AG TRAINING PROGRAM

Delivered by: Western Port Catchment Landcare Network (WPCLN)
Region: Cardinia, Casey + Mornington Peninsula
Grant amount: $14,510

WELLNESS WORKSHOPS

Delivered by: Wattleseed Nutrition and Dietetics
Region: Mornington Peninsula
Grant amount: $2,000

Partners.

Major Partners
Supporting Partners

Key contacts.

Jodi Clarke
Program Manager (VIC)
Available Monday & Wednesday

e jodi@sustainabletable.org.au
m 0402 826 479

Tegan McBride
Program Manager (QLD)
Available Monday-Wednesday

e tegan@sustainabletable.org.au
m 0402 853 903

Cassie Duncan
CEO, Sustainable Table
Available Monday-Thursday

e    cassie@sustainabletable.org.au
 0403 227 281

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