A recent NSW Government survey estimates the average NSW household is currently throwing out almost $4000 of food waste per year.

More than $350,000 in grants is available for councils, not-for-profits, community groups and businesses to help tackle food waste as a part of the Love Food, Hate Waste education programs, open now.

There are two streams of funding available designed to increase awareness of food waste and how to reduce it.

The first stream is open to councils, not-for-profits, community groups and businesses to support households to reduce food waste. Successful applicants will receive grants of up to $20,000 to roll-out Food Smart, a month–long, interactive program to provide households with six-steps to measure and reduce their food waste.

The second stream is for business education. Under this program, food businesses, such as cafés or restaurants with 10 outlets or more than 50 employees, councils, not-for-profits and community groups can apply for grants of up to $30,000 for one year or $60,000 for two years.

Successful applicants will roll out the Your Business is Food program to help businesses measure their food waste and undertake actions to reduce it.

Under the household stream, this funding will support education programs like workshops and cooking classes, while the business grants stream helps restaurants and café owners increase profits while reducing food waste.

The NSW Government has committed $5 million over four years to its Love Food Hate Waste program under the NSW Government $337 million Waste Less Recycle More program.

For more information, visit epa.nsw.gov.au/working-together/grants/organics-infrastructure-fund/love-food-hate-waste-education.

Applications close 22 December, 2017.