Woolsthorpe Wind Farm Community Fund Guidelines

Woolsthorpe Wind Farm (WWF) is proposing a Community Fund which will offer financial support to local community projects through a grant program. The grant program will provide between $[40 to 60],000 of funding each year from commencement of construction on the wind farm to decommissioning of the wind farm. The amount will be up to $[60],000 each year or $[3],000 per turbine installed for the commercial life of the project.

Organisations with suitable local community initiatives are encouraged to apply by filling out an application form which can be obtained by emailing info@woolsthorpewindfarm.net to get a word version of the Application Form. The goal is to provide financial support for projects that contribute to the social, economic and environmental sustainability of the community in the vicinity of the Woolsthorpe Wind Farm.

 Applicant Eligibility Criteria

 Applicants meeting the criteria below will be eligible for grants:

 Criterion 1. Grants are only available to organisations with an ABN. They are not available to individuals.

Criterion 2. If a grant recipient has previously received funding under this scheme, further grants will only be available once that organisation has completed the reporting requirement for those previous grants.

Criterion 3. Grants are not available to political organisations or for political campaigns under any circumstance.

Criterion 4. Grants are not available to religious organisations for religious purposes under any circumstance.

Criterion 5. Applicants may submit an application for only one project each year.

 Project Eligibility Criteria

 Community initiatives and or projects meeting the criteria listed below are eligible for grants:

 Criterion 1. The initiative and or project must be within the localities of Woolsthorpe or Koroit, or alternatively be able to demonstrate a strong connection to the district and its local residents.

Criterion 2. The initiative and or project must deliver real measurable tangible benefits to the residents and or local community of Woolsthorpe and or Koroit.

Criterion 3. Projects must contribute to maintaining:

  • environmental sustainability,
  • economic sustainability;
  • education advancement in the areas of sustainability; and/or
  • social sustainability such as well-being, culture, recreation and education.

Criterion 4. Projects must be complete before applications open for the following year. Grants for multi-year projects must be applied for on a year-by-year basis.

Criterion 5. Applicants must accept that their initiatives and or project and their deliverables/benefits may be publicised as being supported by WWF.

Criterion 6. The maximum funding for any one project is 50% of the total available amount.

 Criterion 7. Any initiative or project directly effecting any adjoining neighbour must include a letter of support from such person evidencing their support.

Voting Rules

 As of 2017 voting in the WWF grant program will operate as described in these Guidelines.

 In particular:

  • Community projects will only be eligible to be included in the vote for funding if their nomination is accompanied by a letter of support from either WWF and or a registered landowner within 3km of WWF, and
  • Voting and tallying of voting will occur as follows:

  Voting

  •  Each eligible voter can vote for as many initiatives and or projects as they want, so long as the total value of the projects they vote for adds up too less than the total amount available to be allocated;
  • There is only one vote per eligible voter per calendar year or per rounding round. It is not intended to give the same landowner within the area multiple votes or for votes to be altered after they are cast;
  •  For corporate and or multi owner landowners that are eligible voters the person listed on the Council rates notice shall be the nominated contact and authorized agent for the eligible voter; and
  •  WWF will set up an online voting to make this as easy as possible. You will be able to place your vote by email and or phone provided you are an eligible voter.

Allocation of the Grants will be based on Community Votes.

 The project with the most votes will receive grant funding;

  • The initiative and or project with the next most votes that has a value less than the remaining pool of grant money will receive funding.
  • This will continue until there are no more initiatives and or projects to fund or no more money is available.

Eligible Voters will be those on the Moyne Shire Council rating records as owning land and or living within 3kms of WWF at the time of the election. The Fund remains under review and will be the subject of further consultation with the WWF Moyne Shire Community Engagement Committee and residents/landowners living within 3km of the WWF site.

Grant Application Process

 WWF will administer the grants and call for applications once per calendar year following the commencement of major construction works at site. The local community will provide input on which initiatives and or projects best achieve the program goal. Application forms will be provided in a word format during the application period by  emailing info@woolsthorpewindfarm.net

It is expected that the grant program will operate as detailed below but given the long term nature of the grant program this may be refined following consultation with and input from the local community within 3km of the WWF site:

 Step 1

  • Download, complete and submit an application form to info@woolsthorpewindfarm.net prior to the last working day of September each year.
  • Applicants will be notified of receipt within 5 working days.

Step 2

  • WWF will check that each application meets the criteria detailed above.
  • Applicants will be notified if their application does not meet the criteria.
  • All applications that meet the criteria will be advanced to Step 3.

Step 3

  • Details of all eligible projects will be put on the WWF website – this page.
  • Eligible voters will be asked to vote on which proposed initiative in their view best meets the goals of the fund program.
  • If you want to register as an Eligible Voter please contact info@woolsthorpewindfarm.net to have your details added to the database to gain voting access.

Step 4

  • Voting will run from for 10 working days during the 3rd and 4th weeks of October each year.
  • WWF will make a final decision about which projects receive grants based on this voting.
  • All Applicants and Eligible Voters will be notified of the decision.

Step 5

  • Successful applicants and WWF will enter into a standard funding agreement recording any joint funding, the agreed deliverables and the timeline.

Step 6

  • Successful applicants will be required to provide a short report and or photos of the completed initiative once the funding has been spent and which will be published (at least on this web site).

  Questions?

If your organisation has any questions regarding this funding program, please contact WWF through the contact form on the website, info@woolsthorpewindfarm.net or through one of the contact numbers available on this website.