Clements Gap Sustainable Communities Fund

Pacific Hydro’s Clements Gap Sustainable Communities Fund delivers a portion of revenue from the Clements Gap Wind Farm back into the local community each year, for the life of the wind farm. Pacific Hydro will be accepting applications from 1 – 31 July 2019.

Since the commissioning of Clements Gap Wind Farm in 2008, the Fund has provided more than $440,000 to over 126 local sustainable projects.

The Fund is a part of Pacific Hydro’s Community Investment Program, which has provided more than $3 Million to over 700 projects across Australia since 2005.

Eligibility

The Clements Gap 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 (in at least one of the 5 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 Clements Gap Sustainable Communities Fund is open to organisations and projects that serve Clements Gap, Crystal Brook, Red Hill, Port Broughton, Mundoora and Wandearah.

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 Clements Gap 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:

  • 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
  • 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 5pm, 31 July 2019 via email to enquiries@pacifichydro.com.au or via mail to Level 13, 700 Collins Street, Docklands VIC 3008.

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 5pm, 31 July 2019 via email to enquiries@pacifichydro.com.au or via mail to Level 13, 700 Collins Street, Docklands VIC 3008.

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 Clements Gap on Wednesday 21 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 2019. 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.