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 $686,000 to 236 local sustainable projects. The Fund is a part of Pacific Hydro’s Community Investment Program, which has provided more than $4.8 million to over 980 projects across Australia since 2005.

2021 Fund

The 2021 Ararat Sustainable Communities Fund is now closed.

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 Ararat in October 2021, 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 2021. 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.

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.