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Supporting tuckshops to upgrade equipment for less

Are you looking for ways to upgrade tuckshop equipment, but don’t have the funds? Or not quite sure where to look and compare products? Do you operate in a low-socio economic area?  

SilverChef is Australia’s largest commercial kitchen equipment wholesaler. It specialises in supporting businesses that often can’t afford to buy outright expensive hospitality equipment, such as commercial grade ovens, smaller appliances, dishwashers and more.

They provide this support through the Community-Equip program. This program offers easy access to finance, heavily discounted equipment and reduced rental rates for any community group that uses hospitality to train, empower and/or support disadvantaged members of our communities.  This includes tuckshops in lower ICSEA score schools.

For those tuckshops that qualify, the program gives you easy access to up to $30,000 of finance for a large range of heavily discounted, second-hand commercial kitchen equipment.

They also sell second-hand equipment that has been fully serviced, and is less than two and a half years old. So it might be worth having a look to see what is available. The warranty on any second-hand item is three-months (brand-new equipment has a much longer warranty).

SilverChef currently have a Community Grants program of $5,000 which is a mix of 75:25 equipment and cash. The latest round of funding opened on 1 April 2023, and will close on 30 June 2023.

The SilverChef Community Grants Program is open to eligible Australian community groups that use hospitality or food services to help disadvantaged or under-served members of their local community.

These community groups can include:

  • Registered charities and not-for-profits
  • Social enterprises (direct-benefit, cross-subsidy, or donation model)
  • Private entities with an ABN for which improving the lives of Indigenous people accounts for more than 50% of their time and/or resources.

Schools and/or Parent Representative Group with a lower ICSEA score can apply for these grants. Head to the website for more details.

Please note: This is an information only article and not a paid promotion, and QAST receives no in kind incentives for this article.

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