Go FOGO grants

Program snapshot

Category: Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy 

Amounts: total pool up to $46 million

Eligible bodies: NSW Councils 

Contact: organics.grants@epa.nsw.gov.au or info@epa.nsw.gov.au

Status: Round 2 has been awarded

Managed by: NSW Environment Protection Authority


Go FOGO grants support NSW councils to deliver new weekly food only (FO) or food organics and garden organics (FOGO) services to their communities. These may be households that currently have no kerbside organics bin service or households with only a garden waste collection.

Two grant rounds are planned for each year for four years starting in the second half of 2022.

The objectives of the Go FOGO grants are to:

  • support the effective rollout of weekly FOGO (or FO) services to 500,000 households that have no organics service
  • support the effective rollout of weekly FOGO (or FO) services to 1,500,000 households that have a garden only waste service
  • provide additional support to councils with a significant number of multi-unit dwellings (MUDs) to deliver additional tailored communication to these properties.

Eligible organisations

All NSW councils who have not received funding via Go FOGO, are eligible to apply for funding to roll out new weekly FOGO services or FO services to households that do not currently have a service. The service must be active within three years of the grant application approval.

Councils who have previously received funding under the Waste Less Recycle More organics collections grants are eligible to apply for funding to deliver new services only to households not covered by the previous funding.

Following the assessment and approval process, successful applicants are expected to be notified in late 2023.

Information session

An online information session was held on 30 August 2023. For a copy of the presentation, email organics.grants@epa.nsw.gov.au.


Round 2 applications have been awarded. 

Guidelines for applicants

The guidelines can be accessed as a PDF or via the list below.

Go FOGO Grant Guidelines 2023 (PDF 408KB)

  • Funding supports rollout of new FOGO (or FO) services
  • The new weekly FOGO (or FO) collection will start in less than three years from the date of the grant approval.
  • The new organics collection service is for a minimum of 7 years.
  • The new source separated organics bin-based service will be weekly.
  • All services include delivery of a kitchen caddy to the household with information on how to use the new service.
  • Community education for the service introduction with three stages (pre, during and post rollout) must be implemented to support high recovery rates and low contamination risk.
  • Provision for yearly education within the new organics collection contract.
  • Education about what can go in the bin in line with the EPA position statement on what should and shouldn’t be disposed of in FOGO or FO bins
  • Submit the grant application using SmartyGrants by 4pm 10 October 2023.

Applications that do not satisfy these conditions will be deemed ineligible and will not be funded.

Sixty percent of the grant amount will be paid on signing of the grant agreement.

A further 30% will be paid when the council provides evidence that the pre-service roll-out education has begun, and new or updated processing and collection contracts comply with the grant eligibility criteria.

The final 10% will be paid when the council provides data on the outcomes achieved in the initial months of collection, how the grant funding was used, and confirmation of the final numbers of households with a new service.  Council may choose to evaluate the outcomes of the new service through community satisfaction surveys, change in tonnage of organics collected and processed, low contamination rates in the FOGO bin, low levels of organics in the residual bin. The final report must be received within six months of commencement of the new service.

Grantees are encouraged to liaise with the EPA regularly throughout the project. We may be able to help you with information, advice and lessons from other councils that have been through the tendering and delivery processes for new FOGO services.

Available funding:

  • $50 per household in single unit dwellings transitioning from no organics service to a weekly food and garden (FOGO) service
  • $25 per household in multi-unit dwellings with shared bins transitioning from no organics service to weekly FOGO (or food only (FO)) services if no garden waste is generated on site) 
  • $10 per household transitioning from garden organics (GO) services to weekly FOGO (or separate GO and FO collections where the GO is a minimum fortnightly and FO minimum weekly collection).

For grant governance purposes, councils are requested to base the number of eligible households per local government area on the on the number of households with residual waste services and without kerbside FOGO or FO + GO, as published in the most recent Local Government Waste and Resource Recovery Data Report, published on the EPA website. This provides the evidence base for the independent Technical Advisory Committee to determine the recommended funding amount for each successful applicant.

Additional funding (in line with the allocations shown above) providing up to 10% of the total funding may be awarded at the final milestone if the service is rolled out to more households than anticipated in the initial application. This acknowledges that due to the long timeframe between receiving funding and starting the new service, more homes may have come online. The final milestone payment will be reduced (in line with the allocations shown above) if less households than initially anticipated receive the service.

Additional funding of $50,000 is available to councils with a large number of multi-unit dwellings (MUDs) transitioning to the new service. It is available only to councils with more than 10,000 multi-unit dwellings, or where MUD’s account for more than 20% of housing stock. It recognises additional education may be required to engage residents in these properties and tailored education will be needed to address high resident turnover, culturally and linguistically diverse communities and action required in different MUD types.

The funding can be used for project investigation and planning, pilots, tender development, procurement of caddies and bins, delivery of education, audits and surveys related to the new weekly FOGO or FO service. Only full-service rollouts are funded. Projects that only involve pilots are not eligible for funding.

On completion of the project, grantees will be required to report on the percentage of funding spent on:

  • preparation and planning
  • bins, caddies and other infrastructure
  • education
  • monitoring/evaluation
  • other.

If you receive the additional MUD funding, you will be required to report separately on how that funding was spent and how the service rollout of education was adapted for MUDs.

Councils are not required to demonstrate a specific co-contribution amount in order to be eligible for the Go FOGO grants. It is recognised councils will invest significant in-kind co-contributions in preparing, implementing and managing new organics collection services.

Grant funds cannot be used for items purchased or ordered before the Funding Deed has been signed by EPA and the grantee.

In addition to eligibility requirements, successful applicants will be required to sign and return a Deed of Agreement confirming commitment to comply with conditions of the funding, including:

  • continue to comply with the eligibility criteria for the length of the grant agreement or pay back the funding reporting as described in the Reporting and milestone payments section of these guidelines
  • hold appropriate insurance and public liability coverage
  • acknowledge the support of the NSW Government on publications relating to the project, in accordance with the Deed of Agreement
  • invite an NSW Government representative to any launch or public event associated with this funding.

A copy of the template grant agreement (PDF 650KB) is available.

Applications will undergo an eligibility check before being reviewed by an independent Technical Review Committee (TRC) using the criteria set out below. The dot points provide additional information on the types of considerations relevant to each criterion.

The TRC will also assess whether the project should be awarded the additional MUD funding.

The EPA Organics Unit is available to help applicants with their application. Please email us on organics.grants@epa.nsw.gov.au for assistance.

Criteria Expected information
Project planning (25%)
  • description of existing organics services, if any
  • available processing capacity for new FOGO services
  • research and planning scoped or undertaken
  • council and community support

FOGO (or FO) weekly collection rollout proposal (25%)

  • preferred start date of new weekly FOGO (or FO) service
  • number of single-unit dwellings and multi-unit dwellings that will receive the FOGO (or FO) service through this funding
  • diversion volumes anticipated, in what timeframes

Effective communication/ Education to support project goals (25%)

  • demonstrate a clear understanding of the target audiences
  • an ongoing education and communication strategy

Well designed monitor and evaluation plan to measure program success (25%)

  • clear aims and objectives
  • multiple methods to monitor and report the progress
  • a clear evaluation plan to measure the success

Clear justification for additional MUD funding of up to $50,000 (100%)- pending on success of the FOGO project application

  • number and proportion of MUDs
  • type of MUDs e.g., high rise vs villas and terraces
  • proposed additional communication with MUD residents to increase efficient and effective use of the new FOGO or FO service


Round 2

Round 2 awarded $10.4 million to five projects. Collectively these grants will provide a new weekly FOGO or food only service to nearly 260,000 households.

  • $6,357,300 Blacktown City Council
  • $2,788,450 Fairfield City Council
  • $145,500 Glen Innes Severn Council
  • $974,755 Liverpool City Council
  • $147,900 Riverina and Murray Joint Organisation (RAMJO) on behalf of Wentworth Shire Council

Round 1

Round 1 awarded $6.2 million to 10 projects. Collectively these grants will provide a new weekly FOGO or food only service to nearly 290,000 households.

  • $243,650 Cessnock City Council
  • $817,150 City of Newcastle
  • $1,834,740 Cumberland City Council
  • $953,425 Inner West Council
  • $439,450 Lithgow City Council
  • $329, 060 Maitland City Council
  • $130,650 Murrumbidgee Council
  • $62,060 Muswellbrook Shire Council
  • $930,900 Riverina and Murray Joint Organisation (RAMJO) (including Berrigan, Edward River, Federation, Greater Hume Shire and Leeton Councils)
  • $467,575 Snowy Monaro Regional Council


The NSW Government’s Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy 2041 (WaSM) introduced new requirements for councils to provide food and garden organics collections to all NSW households by 2030. It also requires large food waste generating businesses to source separate food waste by 2025. The initiatives are designed to reduce organics waste in landfill, where it generates methane, a potent greenhouse gas, and instead create a clean stream of a valuable resource that can be beneficially reused.

The WaSM mandate supports the NSW Government’s Net Zero Plan Stage 1 goal for net zero emissions from food, garden and textile waste landfilled from 2030.

The WaSM allocated $65 million to support the transition to source separation of food and garden organics and $4 million to increase food donation.

The Go FOGO grants program will provide up to $46 million to support household source separation. This recognises that households account for the largest volume of organics waste going to landfill in NSW and therefore the highest proportion of emissions.

As well as the Go FOGO grant funding, we will be delivering a range of programs to support councils to deliver the new source separated organics collection services, including:


Resources are available to support councils with rolling out organics collection services. This includes 6 online masterclasses, featuring Australian and international speakers who share their experiences on delivering FOGO.

Councils may be eligible to apply for Australia Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs) that can be used as additional income from the implementation of new or enhanced FOGO collection services for households. A factsheet (PDF 327KB) and manual (PDF 1.26MB) is available to support councils with applying for ACCUs.