2016 Sustainable Communities Fund

An Australian wind industry first, Pacific Hydro’s Sustainable Communities Fund delivers a portion of revenue from each of our operational wind farms back into our local communities in an annual program. Since launching in 2005 the Fund has provided more than $2 million to over 550 sustainable projects across regional Victoria and South Australia. In response to public feedback the Fund’s processes were updated in 2015. These changes will ensure it continues to provide meaningful outcomes for local community groups and organisations, and is sustainable in the long term.

Pacific Hydro aims to support projects that have been identified as community priorities and meet the Fund Guidelines.

The Fund accepts applications across five funding areas:

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


Fund Regions

In 2016 three funds accepted applications from community groups that operate in the local regions listed below:

Ararat (Ararat Rural City area) – $35,000

Clements Gap (Clements Gap, Redhill, Mundoora, Wandearah, Port Broughton, Crystal Brook) – $65,000

Great South West (Codrington, Yambuk, Port Fairy, Koroit, Orford, Cape Bridgewater, Portland) – $128,000



Applications to the 2016 Sustainable Communities Fund have now closed.


Fund Allocation Panels

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.

Panels consist 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 2016.

Participation provides valuable insight into the application process, and more information about activities in the local community. The Fund Allocation Panels will be convened in August, with all eligible applicants notified of the outcome shortly after.