At SilverChef, we know hospitality can be a catalyst for positive change, especially among disadvantaged members of our communities. 

Many community organizations use food service and hospitality to uplift and support people. For example, they might provide access to a nutritious meal, a welcoming and supportive community, the ability to earn an income, or basic necessities to help people get back on their feet.

That’s why we support organizations who use hospitality to support people who are underprivileged and under-served in our communities. If your organization fits this description, Community-Equip is a finance product tailored for you.

If your organization is approved for Community-Equip, we’ll relax our credit requirements, improving the likelihood of your finance application being approved. You can access fully refurbished, ex-rental commercial kitchen equipment from our Certified Used range for up to 55% less than the equipment’s brand-new price – a huge saving.  

Who's eligible?

Community-Equip is available to eligible community groups that use hospitality to train, empower and/or support disadvantaged members of our communities.

These groups can include:

  • Registered charities or not-for-profits
  • Social enterprises (direct-benefit, cross-subsidy or donation model)
  • First Nations organisation (a registered charity or not-for-profit which uses more than 50% of its time and/or resources to improve the lives of Indigenous peoples)

    Participation in SilverChef’s Community-Equip Program (Program) is at the sole and absolute discretion of SilverChef. Irrespective of whether a customer meets the eligibility criteria, SilverChef will not be under any obligation to offer the Community-Equip product to any customer.

What you get

Easy access to finance

If your organization is eligible for Community-Equip, we’ll relax our credit requirements, improving the likelihood of your finance application being approved.

Discounted equipment

You can access fully refurbished, ex-rental commercial kitchen equipment from us for 55% less than the equipment’s brand-new price — a huge saving.

Reduced rental rate

You’ll pay almost 20% less than our standard rental rate, making your affordable weekly payments even more reasonable.

How it works

1. Apply for Community-Equip and get approved 

Use the ‘Enquire now’ button to submit your details to our team for assessment. They will get in touch to take you through the process of applying for Community-Equip. Once approved, you can go ahead and select the equipment you need.

2. Select your Certified Used equipment

Choose the equipment you need from our Certified Used range, and we’ll arrange to have it delivered to you. If you need help to select the best equipment options for your needs, we can help!

3. Your rental agreement commences

Community-Equip is a tailored version of Rent-Try-Buy for community organizations. It’s a uniquely flexible 12-month rental agreement with the option to upgrade or buy the equipment at any time.

4. Make use of your flexible options

You can upgrade or buy the equipment at any time* or, at the end of the agreement continue renting it (Loyalty) or switch to an ownership plan (Easy Own) – whatever suits you best.

*Terms and Conditions apply

Find equipment

Our website has hundreds of pieces of Certified Used equipment to choose from.

Please note that new, superseded and demo equipment can’t be funded under the Community-Equip product. 

Browse equipment

Enquire about Community-Equip

Submit an enquiry and our team will get in touch to talk you through the application process and choosing your equipment.

Enquire now

About Certified Used equipment

Our extensive range of used hospitality equipment helps your budget go further by allowing you to get the best brands for lower prices.

This mostly ex-rental equipment comes from businesses we know and trust, is typically less than two-and-a-half years old, has been fully refurbished, and is backed by a three-month warranty.

We’re one of the few financiers, if not the only one, that funds used hospitality equipment. 

Read more about Certified Used equipment

Community Grants

The SilverChef Community Grants Program is open to registered charities and not-for-profits that use hospitality or food service to support communities in need, and have been operating for more than 12 months.

Four grants worth $5,000 each are awarded each quarter globally. To be
eligible, applicants should receive limited funding from other sources, have a clear and specific need for commercial kitchen equipment, and have been a registered charity or NFP for a minimum of 12 months.

Learn more about Community Grants

Balancing purpose and profit

SilverChef is a certified B Corporation — a new kind of business that balances purpose and profit.

As a B Corp, we believe in using business as a force for good to reduce inequality and poverty; and create a healthier environment, stronger communities, and high-quality jobs that provide dignity and purpose.

Community-Equip is just one example of the things we do to support our local communities.

Read more about SilverChef’s purpose

Frequently asked questions

Are there any other fees or charges?

Aside from the weekly rental payments (including one week’s rent paid in advance), the only fees and charges that apply are:

  • a refundable security bond (equivalent to six weeks’ rent and paid up front)
  • the costs of disconnecting, transporting, cleaning, and servicing any equipment you return to us during or after the 12-month rental period. These costs vary according to the condition of the equipment and the distance it has to be transported.

Who owns the rental equipment?

We do. 

Though we own the equipment, there are no restrictions on how you can use it — in other words, you can use it as if it were your own equipment. 

With Rent–Try–Buy, you have the option to buy the equipment (own it) at any time.

How can we pay the rent?

You can pay your weekly rent by direct debit from your nominated bank account or through a credit card.

Who’s responsible for maintaining and repairing the equipment?

Customers are responsible for arranging and paying for maintenance and repairs to their rented equipment. 

If the Certified Used equipment is still under its three-month warranty when it breaks down, we’ll help you organize a free repair, replacement, or refund.

When will we own the equipment?

If after trying the rental equipment your community organization decides it’s exactly what you’re after, and you have the cash, you can buy (own) the equipment at any time.

If after trying the equipment you’d like to keep your options open or review your equipment needs farther down the track, you can continue renting it for up to another 12 months (Loyalty). You’ll still have the option to buy it at any time (you won’t automatically own it at the end of the term). 

If after trying the equipment you’d like to own it, but want to preserve your working capital, you can work towards owning the equipment over another two or three years (Easy Own).   At the end of the term you pay us $1 and you own the equipment.