Great South West Sustainable Communities Fund

Pacific Hydro’s Great South West Sustainable Communities Fund delivers a portion of revenue from the Portland Wind Energy Project, Yambuk, and Codrington Wind Farms back into the local community each year, for the life of these assets. The Fund will be accepting applications from 1 – 31 July 2017. A pool of $160,000 will be available to eligible community groups and organisations this year. The amount of funding that eligible groups can apply for has also been raised to $10,000 per project.

Since 2005, the Sustainable Communities Fund has provided more than $1.2 Million to 300 local sustainable projects.

The Fund is a part of Pacific Hydro’s Community Investment Program, which has provided more than $2 Million to over 600 projects across Australia since 2005.


Changes to the Fund

In response to public feedback, the Fund’s processes have been updated. These changes will ensure it continues to provide meaningful outcomes for local community groups and organisations, and ensures its long-term sustainability. The application process has also been simplified, making it easier to apply.
Pacific Hydro aims to support projects which have been identified as community priorities and that meet the Fund Guidelines.



The Great South West 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
  • the 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 Great South West Sustainable Communities Fund is open to organisations and projects that serve the areas of Codrington, Yambuk, Orford, Port Fairy, Toolong, Koroit, Cape Bridgewater, Tyrendarra, Narrawong, Bolwarra, and Portland. 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 Great South West 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 Fund Guidelines.


Selection Criteria

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


How to apply

  1. Consider your project; including the scope, size, its requirements, and what you will need to do to deliver it within twelve months.
  2. Read the Fund Guidelines - ensure that your project meets requirements, is feasible, and can be delivered by your organisation.
  3. Download and complete the Application Form. The form can be completed electronically using Adobe Reader (link opens the Adobe website).
  4. Submit this with supporting documents to Pacific Hydro by 3pm, 31 July 2017 via email to 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 process, which 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 2017. 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.