Is my organisation eligible?
We know there are many organisations out there, eager for a chance to create or expand their food hubs.
Funding in this grant round is open to incorporated entities including:
- Companies (incorporated with ASIC under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth))- including companies limited by guarantee and companies limited by shares*
- Incorporated Associations (incorporated under Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012 and registered with Consumer Affairs Victoria)
- Indigenous Corporations (incorporated under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (Cth) and registered with ORIC)
- Non-Distributing Co-Operatives (as registered with Consumer Affairs Victoria in accordance with Co-operatives National Law Application Act 2013)*
*If you are an organisation that meets this entity type of companies limited by shares, or non-distributing co-operatives, we ask that you select ANY of the entity type options listed in the online application form AND send us an email. If you are a company limited by shares, please indicate this in your email, along with your Australian Company Number. If you are a non-distributing co-operative, please include your organisation’s registered name as it appears on the Consumer Affairs Victoria website. You can send this to [email protected]
All entity types, funding must be used to deliver on VicHealth's grant objectives.
Evidence of incorporation/registration must be provided with your application. If your entity is in some other way incorporated or registered, please contact VicHealth to discuss your eligibility for funding.
Local Government entities are INELIGIBLE. Councils are encouraged to take a look at opportunities available through VicHealth’s Local Government Partnership
Commercial Organisations/For-Profit Organisations, Individual/Sole Trader, Statutory Authority, Trusts, Victorian Government Entity (e.g., Health Services, Schools) and Victorian Local Government Entities are INELIGIBLE.
See the Grant Guidelines for more information.
Do I need an ABN (Australian Business Number) to apply?
Yes, all organisations must have an ABN to apply.
Social enterprises are mentioned as being eligible to apply in the guidelines, however there is no option for social enterprise in the application form under registration types. Does this mean social enterprises can apply?
Social enterprises are an example of an eligible organisation. A social enterprise must also meet one of our listed entity types:
1. Companies (incorporated with ASIC under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth))
2. Incorporated Associations (incorporated under Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012 and registered with Consumer Affairs Victoria)
3. Indigenous Corporations (incorporated under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (Cth) and registered with ORIC)
4. Non-Distributing Co-Operatives (as registered with Consumer Affairs Victoria in accordance with Co-operatives National Law Application Act 2013)
If your social enterprise does not meet any of the above four entity types, you would have to apply through an auspice arrangement.
Further information on applying through an auspice arrangement can be found in section 2.1.3 in the Grant Guidelines.
If you are a social enterprise, please select ANY option under the listed organisation types in the online form and email us to notify us that your organisation is a social enterprise. You can send this to [email protected]
My organisation is ineligible, what can I do?
If your organisation is ineligible for funding, look to partner up with another organisation through an Auspice arrangement. If you’re an organisation based in metropolitan Melbourne, there may be other funding opportunities available through through Future Healthy further down the track, so make sure to sign up to our Future Healthy mailing list and our VicHealth newsletter here to keep up to date.
Can an Auspice organisation support multiple applications?
The short answer is yes. If there are multiple applications from the same Auspice organisation, they will be looked at and assessed separately.
For more information on Auspice applications, please see section 2.1.3 of the Grant Guidelines.
My organisation has recently received VicHealth funding. Does that affect my eligibility to apply?
Existing and previous VicHealth funding recipients that comply with eligibility requirements ARE eligible for this grant.
However, funding through this opportunity is NOT available for the purpose of expanding or extending a successful Big Connect grant awarded in March 2022.
Will there be opportunities for those in the food systems sector to support the food hubs?
From our stakeholder consultations, we determined that potential hub providers would benefit from youth engagement and business management training. To ensure that any additional capacity building meets the needs of the hubs and will support them meaningfully, we won't be identifying other areas of training until after the hub providers are chosen and a needs assessment is conducted with them. We will communicate any further opportunities to support the hubs in the next phase of this investment.
What period of time do we need to cover in our implementation plan?
Applicants should provide a high-level overview of the major components of their project over the full funding period (July 2022- June 2025).