Bendigo community groups encouraged to apply for Food Grants

Bendigo community gardens, farmers markets and food rescue organisations could benefit from a new grants program launched today by the Federal Labor Government.

“This is an opportunity for not-for-profit groups to bring local communities together to grow, prepare and share food,” said Labor Candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters.

"I know how passionate our community is about our farmers markets and community gardens. I am a volunteer for the Bendigo Farmers Market and every month the market is getting busier and busier.

“We know that initiatives like community gardens and farmers markets help build community spirit and renewal as well as improve food knowledge and help people make healthier choices.

“Around the Bendigo region these local groups are flourishing and these grants support that development.”

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 Federal Labor Government has a plan for Australian agriculture and community through strengthening foundations, preparing for the future and creating new opportunities.

“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 Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry website www.daff.gov.au/community-food-grants.