Community Food Grants now open

Community gardens, farmers markets and food rescue organisations are set to benefit with $1.5 million in grants now open. Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, today opened the Community Food Grant program, which is part of the National Food Plan.

“This is an opportunity for not-for-profit groups to bring local communities together to grow, prepare and share food,” Minister Ludwig said.

“These grants will also support groups who tackle food waste, an important investment given today is World Environment Day.

“We know that initiatives like community gardens and farmers’ markets improve food knowledge and help people make healthier choices.

“Around the country to these local groups are flourishing and these grants support that development.”

The Community Food Grant program was one of the new initiatives announced as part of the National Food Plan released late last month.

The program supports projects which aim to build networks, connect farmers and consumers, improve knowledge about food production and preparation, improve knowledge about how food is grown and to help provide surplus safe and nutritious food to disadvantaged groups.

“The Community Food Grant program will provide the funding needed to help non-profit groups put great food initiatives and ideas into practice,” Minister Ludwig said.

“By providing the funding to support these food initiatives, we are helping to bridge the gap between farmers and the  communities that rely on their contribution to our food system.”

Community Food Grants are open to not-for-profit organisations, including farmers’ markets, food rescue organisations, charities and cooperative societies. Grants of up to $10,000 will be available for community gardens, city farms and similar activities, and up to $25,000 for farmers’ markets, food rescue and similar activities.

“The Gillard Government has a plan for Australian agriculture and the community through strengthening foundations, preparing for the future and creating new opportunities for our primary industries,” Minister Ludwig said.

“The National Food Plan and Community Food Grants are part of that plan. I encourage all eligible organisations to apply and help boost their community’s connection with food.”

For more information about the Community Food Grants, eligibility requirements and how to apply, visit the DAFF website.

5 Jan 2013