We are currently facing serious and urgent issues impacting our food system: climate change, urban sprawl, pollution, food insecurity and unhealthy communities… to name a few.
The Ripe for Change Small Grants Program is a funder-driven initiative developed by the The Garry White Foundation, The Morris Family Foundation and the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network to look at how philanthropy can best support positive change in Victoria’s food system.
The need for this program was identified through an in-depth review of local food system challenges and advice from industry leaders.
The Ripe for Change pilot ran in 2017-18 and funded $100,000 of local projects in the Casey/Cardinia and Mornington Peninsula regions, teaming up with local community foundations and food systems experts to identify key players and project opportunities. This place-based approach helped to promote collaboration, build community awareness and support food security at a regional level.
Ripe for Change is currently working in partnership with Sustainable Table and the philanthropic community to look at how we can continue our support to build a food system that’s fair, healthy, humane and good for the environment.
This short video highlights some of the positive outcomes that were made possible from the Ripe for Change pilot, and our objectives for the next round.