Crowlands Sustainable Communities Fund

Crowlands Sustainable Communities Fund

New in 2019, Pacific Hydro’s Crowlands Sustainable Communities Fund will deliver a portion of revenue from Crowlands Wind Farm back into the local community each year, for the life of the wind farm.

Pacific Hydro is pleased to share the outcome of its recent community survey, which aimed to identify by majority consensus, the key areas around the Crowlands Wind Farm that will be eligible to apply for community grants.

We are proud to support the town of Crowlands, as well as the surrounding townships of:

  • Landsborough
  • Elmhurst
  • Shays Flat
  • Glenlofty
  • Dunneworthy
  • Eversley

Thank you to all who shared your perspectives during this process.

Each year, eligible community groups and not-for-profit organisations can apply for project funding up to $10,000 from a pool of $58,000. The application period for the 2019 Crowlands Sustainable Communities Fund is now closed.

The Crowlands Sustainable 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.

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.


The Crowlands 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.

The Crowlands Sustainable Communities Fund is open to organisations and projects that serve Crowlands, Landsborough, Elmhurst, Shays Flat, Glenlofty, Dunneworthy, and Eversley. 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 Fund area, and are proposing projects that meet the eligibility and selection criteria can 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 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.

How to Apply

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

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 need
  • Demonstration of a clear, realistic, and feasible plan
  • Budget outline, prices, and alternatives
  • Project management plan
  • Demonstration of innovation or forward-thinking

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 October 2019, 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.

Contact our team on 1800 730 734 or with enquiries or to learn more.