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 $618,000 to 220 local sustainable projects.

The Fund is a part of Pacific Hydro’s Community Investment Program, which has provided more than $3.1 Million to over 700 projects across Australia since 2005.

The application period for the 2019 Ararat Sustainable Communities Fund is now closed.

All eligible applications are reviewed through a fair and transparent panel process, which ensures local community involvement in how funds are allocated. The Panels consist of a local council representative, members of the local community, and Pacific Hydro staff.