Ararat Sustainable Communities Fund

Pacific Hydro’s Ararat Sustainable Communities Fund delivers a portion of revenue from the Challicum Hills Wind Farm back into the local community each year, for the life of the wind farm.

Each year, eligible community groups and not-for-profit organisations can apply for project funding up to $10,000 from a pool of $34,000.

Since the commissioning of Challicum Hills Wind Farm in 2005, the Fund has provided more than $686,000 to 236 local sustainable projects. The Fund is a part of Pacific Hydro’s Community Investment Program, which has provided more than $4.8 million to over 980 projects across Australia since 2005.

2021 Fund

The 2021 Ararat Sustainable Communities Fund will be open for applications from 1 – 30 September 2021.

Eligibility

The Ararat Sustainable Communities Fund aims to support projects, initiatives, and organisations that provide lasting benefit to local communities and address community need in at least one of these six key areas:

  • education and training
  • health and welfare
  • sport and recreation
  • arts and culture
  • the environment, and
  • Projects that support the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

To be eligible, the proposed project or initiative must:

  • Directly benefit the local community (in at least one of the 6 program areas)
  • Not be for the private gain of particular individuals
  • Have the support of the community (shown by endorsement from prominent members of the community, either in the form of letters or other communication supporting the project)
  • Have necessary approvals and permissions in place prior to applying, such as council approval (if required)
  • Meet the Community Investment Program’s aims and objectives

Up to $10,000 can be sought from Pacific Hydro for each project. Organisations can apply for more than one project at a time, but must be able to demonstrate their ability to deliver them within twelve months.               

Fund Area

The Ararat Sustainable Communities Fund is open to organisations and projects that serve Ararat Rural City. Organisations and projects do not necessarily need to be based in the fund area, but the proposed projects must operate in, and provide benefit to these communities to be eligible.                    

Who Can Apply

Not-for-profit community groups (NFPs) which operate in Ararat Rural City, and are proposing projects that meet the eligibility and selection criteria are encouraged to apply.

A not-for-profit organisation is an organisation that is not operating for the profit or gain (either direct or indirect) of its individual members.

Not-for-profit organisations eligible to apply to Community Funds include:

  • Incorporated Associations
  • Committees of Management
  • Unincorporated (Voluntary) Associations with an ABN and a formal constitution
  • Co-operatives (that are defined as not-for-profit in their charter or constitution)
  • Companies Limited by Guarantee

Organisations that do not yet have an ABN can apply, but additional paperwork may be required if their proposed project is successful.

Read more information about who can apply in the Sustainable Communities Fund Guidelines.

Selection Criteria

Projects and initiatives considered for funding will be assessed against the selection criteria, including:

  • Alignment with the Community Investment Program aims and the Sustainable Communities Fund Guidelines
  • Identification of community needs
  • Demonstration of a clear, realistic, and feasible plan
  • Budget outline, prices, and alternatives
  • Project management plan
  • Demonstration of innovation or forward-thinking

How to Apply

  • Consider your project; including the scope, size, its requirements, and what you will need to do to deliver it within twelve months.
  • Read the Sustainable Communities Fund Guidelines to ensure your project meets all requirements, is feasible, and can be delivered by your organisation.
  • Register and login to submit an application via our online platform with supporting documents to Pacific Hydro by 5pm, 30 September 2021.
  • Please see more detailed instructions here.

Fund Allocation Panel

All eligible applications are reviewed by a fair and transparent panel. This process ensures community involvement in how funds are allocated and maintains the integrity of the program. The panel will meet in Ararat in October 2021, with successful applicants notified shortly thereafter. The Fund Allocation Panel consists of a local council representative, members of the local community, and Pacific Hydro staff.

Members of our host communities are invited to be a part of the Fund Allocation Panels for 2021. If you would like to represent your community on the Panel, please read the Terms of Reference, then complete and return the Expression of Interest Form.

Participation provides valuable insight into the application process, and more information about activities in your local community.

To learn more about the types of projects who have received support from Pacific Hydro in other host communities, check out our publication, Local Good – A decade of support for sustainable communities.