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. The Fund will be accepting applications from 1 – 31 July 2018.

Since the commissioning of Challicum Hills Wind Farm in 2005, the Ararat Sustainable Communities Fund has provided more than $584,000 to over 210 local projects.

The Fund is a part of Pacific Hydro’s Community Investment Program, which has provided more than $2.7 Million to over 680 projects across Australia since 2005.


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 five key areas:

  • education and training
  • health and welfare
  • sport and recreation
  • arts and culture, and
  • the environment.

To be eligible, any proposed project or initiative must:

  • Directly benefit the local community
  • 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)
  • Meet the overall aims and objectives of Pacific Hydro’s Community Investment Program

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 the Ararat Rural City Council.

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 the Ararat Sustainable Communities Fund area, and are proposing projects that meet the eligibility and selection criteria are encouraged to apply.

For reference, 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:

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 Fund Guidelines to ensure your project meets all requirements, is feasible, and can be delivered by your organisation.
  • Download and complete the Application Form. The form can be completed electronically using Adobe Reader.
  • Submit the application form with supporting documents to Pacific Hydro by 3pm, 31 July 2018 via email to or via mail to Level 13, 700 Collins Street, Docklands VIC 3008.
  • Applications received any later than the specified submission deadline above will not be considered.

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 late August, 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 2018. 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.

2018 Technology Donation

Pacific Hydro is committed to sustainable business practices and supporting communities that host our clean energy projects. In addition to grant making through our Community Investment Program, Pacific Hydro will be retiring some IT equipment (laptops and desktops) in 2018.

A limited number of computers will be available to eligible community groups and organisations on a first come first served basis. Donated equipment must only be used by eligible organisations for its activities, and cannot be provided for personal use. The laptops and desktops available are approximately 3-6 years old. They will be fully formatted, and come with Microsoft Windows 7 installed.

If you are interested in obtaining one of these machines for your organisation (please note there is a limit of one per group) please complete this Expression of Interest Form (in Adobe Reader or Acrobat) and return it via email or post before 31 July 2018.