Who's eligible?

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. 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.

What can the grant be used for?

Each $5,000 grant is a 75:25 mix of equipment and cash, as follows:

Equipment

The majority of the grant is provided in the form of credit to spend on Certified Used commercial kitchen equipment advertised on SilverChef’s website. Of the total grant value of $5,000, a minimum of $3,750 (75%) must be redeemed against equipment.

Cash

Once the grant recipient has selected their equipment, they can have the outstanding portion of the grant in cash, up to a maximum of $1,250. This can be used to help towards the cost of freight, installation and raw materials (e.g. coffee beans).

When can I apply?

Each quarter we award four grants of $5,000 each. The four funding rounds occur as follows:

Round 1: Applications open 1 July - 30 September

Round 2: Applications open 1 October - 31 December

Round 3: Applications open 1 January - 31 March

Round 4: Applications open 1 April - 30 June

What next?

After you submit your grant application, we’ll assess it against our selection criteria, including how your initiative will positively impact your local community.

If your application is successful, we’ll contact you within one month of applications closing (see dates at left). Unsuccessful applicants will not be contacted.

We’ll then give you expert advice so you can select the Certified Used equipment best suited to your organization’s needs. 

When we notify you that your application is successful, we need to hear from you within 30 days or the grant will be allocated to the next applicant on the shortlist. Once you’ve accepted the grant, you have 12 months to fully redeem it.

Apply now

To apply for a grant, please go to the link below, complete and submit the application form to us.

Application form

About Certified Used equipment

Our range of used hospitality equipment — Canada’s largest — helps our customers’ budgets go further by allowing them 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.

Note that not all the equipment on our website is available through the grants program; we’ll advise you which items are available.

Read more about Certified Used equipment

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.

The SilverChef Community Grants Program is just one example of the things we do to support our local communities.

Read more about SilverChef’s purpose

Frequently asked questions

How often can I apply for a grant?

Eligible applicants can apply for a SilverChef Community Grant once per financial year.

If your application was not successful, you can reapply in any subsequent round of grants. If your application was successful, you can’t apply for another grant until 12 months have elapsed.

When can I expect a decision on my grant application?

Successful applicants will be notified within one month of applications closing (see 'When can I apply?' above). 

Do you notify unsuccessful applicants?

Unfortunately, given the volume of applications we receive, we aren’t able to notify unsuccessful applicants. However, we will reply to let you know your application has been received. All successful applicants will be contacted by email within one month of the closing date of the current round of grants. 

How many grants do you award?

SilverChef awards four grants of $5,000 per quarter globally. Applications come from Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA. In total, we award 16 grants annually with a total value of $80,000.

Can I receive more than one grant per year?

No — there’s a limit of one grant per organization per financial year.

Does the grant expire?

Yes. We will email you to let you know you’ve been successful; if we don’t hear from you within 30 days of sending this email, we will reallocate your grant to the next organization on the shortlist. Once you’ve confirmed acceptance of your grant (an email will do!), we require you to fully redeem it within 12 months. Any unused portion of your grant will be reallocated to our next funding round, allowing us to support more organizations.