Yaloak South Community Fund

Pacific Hydro’s Yaloak South Community Fund shares the benefits of Yaloak South Wind Farm with the surrounding communities, providing long lasting social, economic and environmental value that goes beyond the life of the wind farm.

From 1 – 31 August, eligible community groups and not-for-profit organisations from the Mount Wallace, Rowsley and Beremboke communities can apply for project funding of up to $10,000 from a pool of $31,000.

Since the commissioning of Yaloak South Wind Farm in 2017, the Fund has provided more than $150,000 to 31 local sustainable projects. The Yaloak South Community Fund is a part of Pacific Hydro’s Community Benefit Sharing Program, which has provided more than $4.9 million to over 1000 projects across Australia since 2005.

Eligibility

The Yaloak South Community 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 six key areas:

  • education and training
  • health and welfare
  • sport and recreation
  • arts and culture
  • the environment, and
  • Projects that support the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

To be eligible, the proposed project or initiative must:

  • Directly benefit the local community (in at least one of the six 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 Benefit Sharing 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 Yaloak South Community Fund is open to organisations and projects that serve Mt Wallace, Beremboke and Rowsley. 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 abovementioned Communities, and are proposing projects that meet the eligibility and selection criteria are encouraged to apply.

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 Benefit Sharing Program aims and the Sustainable Communities Fund Guidelines
  • Identification of community needs (alignment with community strategic plan)
  • Demonstration of a clear, realistic, and feasible plan
  • Budget outline, prices, and alternatives
  • Demonstration of innovation or forward-thinking

How To Apply

  • Consider your project; including the scope, size, its requirements, and what you will need to do to deliver it within 24 months.
  • Read the Fund Guidelines to ensure your project meets all requirements, is feasible, and can be delivered by your organisation.
  • From 1 August 2022 – submit the application form with supporting documents to Pacific Hydro by 5pm, 31 August 2022 via the online platform (see registration instructions here).

Community Partnerships Group

Members of the local community serving on the Yaloak South Community Fund Partnerships Group have been empowered to decide how funds made available by Pacific Hydro should be allocated to local projects. If you are interested in serving on the Yaloak South Community Partnerships Group, please fill out an Expression of Interest Form here and email it to [email protected] . For more information call 1800 730 734.

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.