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Murra Warra Wind Farm Sustainable Community Grant Fund

The Murra Warra Wind Farm Sustainable Community Grant Fund provides financial support for social and environmental sustainability initiatives within Horsham Rural City and the Hindmarsh and  Yarriambiack municipalities.

Please note that applications for 2024 funding have now closed and successful recipients will be announced soon.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?
  1. Follow the fund guidelines to review the requirements for your grant application and eligibility for funding. For further information or to discuss your application prior to submitting, contact Beth Gibson at Wimmera Southern Mallee Development, beth.gibson@wda.org.au.
  2. Complete an online (preferred) application form via this link or request a hard copy application form from Wimmera Southern Mallee Development via email info@wda.org.au.
  3. Return completed form (if not completed online) to WSMD via email (info@wda.org.au) or mail to:

Wimmera Southern Mallee Development

Murra Warra Wind Farm Community Grants Level 1, Building C, 289 Baillie St,

Horsham, Victoria, 3400

Who can apply?

To be eligible to apply, the group/organisations must demonstrate:

  • The group/organisation is based within the municipalities of Horsham Rural City Council, Hindmarsh and Yarriambiack Shire Councils. Priority will be given to projects within a 55km radius of the Murra Warra Wind Farm site.
  • That the group/organisation is a not-for-profit
  • That the project will directly benefit the local
  • That the project will be completed and acquitted within the date stipulated in the funding agreement.
  • Financial viability and competence (evidence via bank statement and annual financial statement (large grants only) required)).
  • That the project is a relevant within the selection
When can I apply?

MWWF Sustainable Community Grants Fund is open to receive applications once per financial year for a  period of six weeks. 

This year’s application period opens on Wednesday 3 April 2024 and closes on Friday 24th May 2024.

Late applications will not be accepted.

How much funding can I apply for?

There are two ways you can apply for a grant under this program:

  1. Small Grants

Applications up to $5,000.00 are invited, as a one-off grant for projects that do not require matching dollar for dollar funding contributions.

  1. Large Grants

Applicants up to $20,000.00 are invited, dependent on the individual request (project) and available funding at the time.

For funding requests above $5,000, it is expected the applicant will provide matching funds on a 1:2 ratio.

Matching contributions can be from the community group and/or from another confirmed grant or source. In-kind support, as part of the applicant’s contribution will not be considered.

 

Example 1:

Funding application amount:                                                                                                       $20,000

No matching funds required for first:                                                                                       $5,000

Matching funds required for:                                                                                                      $15,000

Amount of matching funds required from applicant to qualify for $20,000 grant: $7,500

Example 2:

Funding application amount:                                                                                                       $10,000

No matching funds required for first:                                                                                       $5,000

Matching funds required for:                                                                                                      $5,000

Amount of matching funds required from applicant to qualify for $10,000 grant: $2,500

 

A project completion report confirming the final project budget matched to the initial project budget will be required at the completion of the project.

 

Note:  Grant allocations are often conditional on groups receiving funding from other sources. Funding partnerships  should be discussed with WDA before submitting applications. For unconfirmed grant monies from external parties being part of full project costs, this program’s contribution, if successful, will be conditional upon confirmation of those funds.

 

 

Multiple applications from the same organisation within the same funding round will not be accepted.

What do I need to provide?

Quotes required as part of your applications supporting documents:

  • One quote for all goods/services valued in between $1,000 – $2,499
  • Two quotes for all goods/services valued in excess of $2,500

 

Letter of support required as part of your applications supporting documents:

  • from your group/organisation (compulsory for large grants, optional for small grants)
  • from supporting partner/s (compulsory for large grants, optional for small grants)

 

Written approval required if your group/organisation uses a facility controlled by a Committee of Management and the project will impact the facility.

 

Most recent Bank Statement to demonstrate financial viability and competence.

 

Annual Financial Statement large grants only.

 

Copy of Public Liability Insurance if applicable.

 

Once your application is submitted, you may be contacted by WDA for additional information.

 

Do not include original documents with your application, copies will be sufficient unless otherwise specified.

What is the selection criteria?

As the Murra Warra Wind Farm Sustainable Community Grants Program has a competitive application process, the program will receive more funding applications than it can support.

 

Applications that best meet the following selection criteria will have the greatest chance of success.

 

Project Categories

Examples of projects

Weighting for assessment

Sustainable environmental projects

·         To provide the opportunity for community groups and organisations to develop innovative and sustainable environmental projects

40%

Education and Training

·         To provide the opportunity for improved health and education across the community by developing long term partnerships and cohesive community projects

20%

Social, Health and wellbeing

·         To strengthen community connections and social wellbeing in developing projects focusing on long term sustainability

20%

Sport and Recreational

·         To develop projects that enhance and encourage healthy and active communities

10%

Cultural Diversity and Arts

·         To develop projects which enhance cultural diversity, creative community activities and projects

10%

 

What happens once I submit my application?
  • A notification email will be sent acknowledging your application within 14 days of
  • Applications are assessed for
  • Applications that don’t meet the eligibility criteria will be notified as soon as
  • Assessment Committee will meet at the end of the application period to assess applications against the fund’s selection

The Assessment Committee is made up of six people represented by the following:

  1. The Chair – an employee of Wimmera Southern Mallee Development.
  2. One officer from Horsham Rural City Council
  3. One officer from Yarriambiack Shire Council
  4. One member of the public who resides within Horsham local Government
  5. One member of the public who resides within the Yarriambiack local government
  6. One landholder within the Murra Warra Wind Farm footprint
What happens if my application is successful?
  1. Successful applicants will be required to enter into a written agreement with WSMD on behalf of MWWF to receive This Agreement will provide details of when the acquittal process, including a full project report, must be completed.
  2. Successful applicants will be required to complete and acquit their activity within the date stipulated in the funding agreement. If the activity is not going to be completed within the prescribed timeframe an extension must be requested in writing prior to the original expiration date. Payment arrangements will be negotiated depending on the size of the project and level of
  3. Offer of a grant in no way implies any ongoing funding commitment or obligation by MWWF. Any assets funded through this grant program become the responsibility of the
  4. Any variations to the original submission must be approved in writing by
  5. The activity must incur the full expenditure as outlined in the application budget to guarantee full funding of the agreed amount. If the project budget falls short of this amount, MWWF via WSMD reserves the right to make a pro-rata payment

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