Sustainable Table Fund

Impact Areas + Eligibility.

To be eligible for Sustainable Table funding, your project must:
✔ Fall under one (or more) of the below Impact Areas
✔ Fulfil the below Eligibility Criteria
✔ Successful projects must demonstrate strong alignment with the core Principles of the fund

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. Legitamise, Animate, Accelerate and Humanise.

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.

Legitimise

Grow share the evidence base for regenerative farming + food systems.

There’s a whole lot of buzz around regenerative food and farming. And that’s brilliant! But now we’ve got to back it up. We’re on the lookout for projects and initiatives that build the evidence base for regen ag at local, regional and national scales, such as on-farm research trials, holistic farm performance data and supply chain innovations (that are proven to work). With more hefty proof in the pudding, this proof can be dished out where it’s needed; to farmers, eaters, industry, government, finance and communities, bringing legitimacy to the broader regenerative narrative and transition. 

Project examples

  • Local/regional demonstration sites and on-farm research trials.
  • Development and deployment of holistic farm performance data, natural capital and nutritional/product quality measurement and accounting tools.
  • Piloting and proving farming practices and systems, supply chain and distribution innovations across different bioregions and farming industries.
  • Using the evidence base to build understanding and awareness and advocate for shifts in institutional, industry, community, finance and government thinking and culture. 

ANIMATE

Bring a culture of regeneration to life through knowledge + connection.

Transitioning to regenerative food and farming at scale is going to take more than just know-how and skills; it involves a seismic shift in identity, mindset and heart. It’s cultural This impact area is about animating a culture of regeneration through knowledge-building, rethreading connection and ways of thinking both old and new. We’re seeking projects and initiatives that join the dots between the ecological, health and social impacts of our current food and farming systems; that help people awaken, ever-so-compassionately, to the ramifications of their food and farming choices; that invite First Nations leadership and knowledge to the table; and that weave threads of connection between farmers, eaters, industry supply chains, communities and earth herself. 

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.
  • Peer-to-peer and social learning networks, workshops, education and training.  
  • Enhancing eater and industry awareness, connection and food cultures, such as campaigns, community activation, workshops and events.
  • Enabling First Nations owned and led farming, enterprises and leadership.
  • Connecting new farmers to land, mentors, knowledge, tools. 

ACCELERATE

Reward + incentivise ecological restoration so that it happens faster.

We’re dreaming of a market and finance system that rewards and incentives ecological restoration, recognises the value of positive social and health outcomes, and includes the true cost of environmental damage into the price of a product. It’s not only fair and just, but a sure-fire way to speed up regeneration. Making this system a reality will involve a suite of innovative signals, tools, measures, and a radically revised conception of worth. This impact area is about supporting those who are already out there, making it happen.

Project examples

  • Development of accessible, farmer-informed eco-credit for ecosystem services (i.e., biodiversity, water + soil health), as well as carbon metrics and market mechanisms.  
  • Design, development and piloting of transition finance tools that remove constraints for transitioning to regenerative systems and support ongoing innovation and practice development on farms.  
  • Collaborative initiatives with major financial institutions to build supportive/enabling structures for regenerative food and farming enterprises across their operations.  
  • Development, deployment and scaling of holistic and transparent metrics and certification schemes. 

HUMANISE

Support Value-Based Supply Chains that put faces + places back into food.

Is your food from somewhere, or nowhere? That’s the question this impact area aims to ask and alter, transitioning from a faceless, placeless, commodity-focused food system to one in which provenance rules.  Values-Based Supply Chains (VSBCs) are central to this shift. They elevate the identity and efforts of growers and their ecologies, shaped by social, environmental and community values including transparency, connectivity, right relationship and the health of all beings and places along the supply chain.  Far from ephemeral, VSBCs are developing and coalescing left right and centre, and we’re looking to support those projects and initiatives by actively embracing and innovating around them.  

Project examples

  • Trialling, development, scaling of regenerative inputs which close the loop, enable and support practice change and disrupt the industrial stranglehold. 
  • Design, development and deployment of local, bioregional and identity-preserved processing, storage and distribution infrastructure.
  • Design and development of products that increase the market for food/fibre that regen farmers need to grow.
  • Design and development of marketing strategies that engage more eaters and increase spending on regenerative products. 

Eligibility Criteria.

The fund pool is growing all the time so we don’t have a specific amount on offer, we will however ask you to nominate the range you are seeking. This means regardless of whether your project is big or small, it’s still worth getting in touch. If you can illustrate collaboration between groups to achieve a bigger impact, then we’d consider a larger funding request split between collaborating parties (please articulate this in your submission).

ELIGILBILITY CRITERIA
  • The primary focus of your project must fall under one or more Impact Areas, outlined above.
  • Your project needs to highlight how it focusses on the core issue it aims to support – not the symptom.
  • Not-for-profits, charities, schools, community groups or collaborations within the private sector (DGR status is not mandatory), businesses & individuals are all welcome to apply, provided they are able to illustrate a strong link to the environment.
  • Projects must be intended for delivery within Australia.

THE FOLLOWING PROJECTS ARE INELIGIBLE

  • Projects for private benefit
  • Projects that are party political in nature
  • Endowment funds
  • Projects that are not located in Australia

    If you are unsure whether you or your business qualifies, please contact our Grants Team before submitting.

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