Bulgana Green Power Hub Community Fund

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This grant is now closed for 2022. 

Applicants for the 2022 round will be notified by 30 June.  

Neoen Australia, owner of Bulgana Green Power Hub (BGPH), is committed to contributing to the Northern Grampians Shire community by providing financial support to community groups and organisations to build capacity and grow the region. Each year, the BGPH Community Fund will commit $120,000 through an open and competitive grant process administered by the Northern Grampians Shire Council.

Small grants up to $5,000 and large grants up to $20,000 are available each financial year. Grants over $5000 are required to match the funding amount dollar for dollar.   

Contact Rachel Whittaker for more information on 03 5358 0512 or by email at community@ngshire.vic.gov.au  

 

Small Grants: Applications up to $5,000.00 are available as a one-off grant for community projects. These grants do not require matching dollar-for-dollar funding contributions.

Large Grants:  Applications of up to $20,000 are invited are dependent on the project and available funding at the time and require matching dollar for dollar contribution. Matching contributions can be from the group/organisation or from another confirmed grant. It is expected that a proportion of the funds will come from the group or organisation applying. The objective of this particular grant is to help community groups/organisations leverage funding with government and non-government funding programs as grant allocations are often conditional on groups receiving funding from other sources. In-kind support, as part of the application’s contribution will not be considered. 

Two applications from the same organisation within the same year will not be accepted. 

All grant applications must be completed on the BGPH Community Fund on-line application form.

You can find the application form here

On the application form you will be asked to:

1. Check you are eligible 

2. Provide organisational  and applicant details

3. Provide a project summary 

  •  Project title, start date, address and funding being requested. 

4. Outline your project idea:      

  • Provide a simple overview of your project in two to three sentences. 
  • Explain which of the  Bulgana Green Power Hub growth focus areas your project aligns with?  
  • Demonstrate how your project aligns with the selected focus area(s)? 
  • Explain who and how they will benefit from your project?  
  • Outline what you will you do with the funding? This is an overview of what you plan to do with the funding. Your response to this question should be a high-level summary only.  

5. Provide a detailed project plan: 

  • Provide a work plan with major activities and a timeline.
  • Explain the change you expect to see from your project and how you will measure this change?

6. Demonstrate organisation/group ability to deliver the project: 

  • Explain why you are best placed to deliver this project? 

7. Provide detailed financial details:

  • Provide a budget. Evidence of matching dollar for dollar contribution is required for grants over $5000.
  • Provide quotes
  • Provide an active Australian Business Number(ABN) or an Incorporated Association Number. 
  • Provide evidence that the group/organisation holds all the necessary insurances, including public liability insurance for 20 million dollars for the proposed  idea/ project. If insurance is not currently held the group/organisation must commit to purchasing all necessary insurances before commencing the project.  

Projects must align with at least one of Neoen's Community Growth Focus Areas:   

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Environmental sustainability  inspiring participation, development and uptake of new technologies and ideas

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Health and Wellbeing contributing to improved health and wellbeing outcomes in regional communities.

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Strong and connected communities  encouraging community participation, involvement and connection.      

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Sport and recreation increasing participation in sport and recreational activities.

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Arts and culture  fostering creativity and connection in the community through art and culture.

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Skills, education & training addressing local skills development and adding value to educational opportunities.

To be eligible to apply you must demonstrate that the group/organisation:

  • is based within the Northern Grampians Shire municipality or surrounding the Bulgana Green Power Hub
  • is a not-for-profit entity or an incorporated local community group
  • has the permission of the whole of the committee or organisation it is representing
  • is financially viable and competent 
  • can provide matching dollar-for-dollar funding contribution if applying for a grant over $5000
  • is not a delegated committee of council. 

BGPH Community Fund does not fund:

  • events or activities deemed to be detrimental to the environment 
  • individuals
  • political or military organisations or activities 
  • program and projects outside of the community including international goodwill agencies 
  • religious or sectarian organisations involved in purely religious/sectarian activities
  • projects which have already started 
  • projects which could be funded through other available funding sources. 

Examples of applications considered ineligible for funding include:

  • recurrent operating costs 
  • salary subsides 
  • routine/cyclical maintenance funding
  • requests to purchase food or alcohol for catering and events 
  • groups/organisations outside of the Northern Grampians Shire
  • applications received after the closing date. 

Assessment timeline

Assessments will take place during the week of 30 May.  Applicants will be notified during the week starting 13 June. 

Assessment panel

The BGPH Community Benefit Fund is overseen by a Community Advisory Panel made up of:   

  •  three Community members from the Northern Grampians Shire 
  •  one local government representative         
  •  one BGPH representative

Assessment 

In the application you will be asked to complete the following. The percentage shown is how much that component will contribute to the overall score of your application when being assessed out of 100.

Project Idea -  30%   

  • Provide a simple overview of your project in two to three sentences. 
  • Explain which of the  Bulgana Green Power Hub growth focus areas your project aligns with?  
  • Demonstrate how your project aligns with the selected focus area(s)? 
  • Explain who and how they will benefit from your project?  
  • Outline what you will you do with the funding? This is an overview of what you plan to do with the funding. Your response to this question should be a high-level summary only.  

Detailed Project Plan - 30%

  • Demonstrate there is a need for your project. 
  • Provide a work plan with major activities and a timeline.
  • Explain the change you expect to see from your project and how you will measure this change? 

Organisation / group management ability - 10%

  • Explain why you are best placed to deliver this project?  

Financial details - 30%

  • Provide a budget. Evidence of matching dollar for dollar contribution is required for grants over $5000.
  • Provide quotes for all items being funded. 
  1. If any changes to the project, or if the project is not to proceed, the applicant needs to advise NGSC immediately in order for funds to be returned.
  2. Proof of full expenses (not just the grant amount) of the project must be provided in the form of receipts.
  3. Offer of a grant by the Bulgana Green Power Hub Community Fund in no way implies any ongoing funding commitment or obligation by the Bulgana Green Power Hub Community Fund.
  4. Any variations to the original submission/project must be in writing to Bulgana Green Power Hub Community Fund Co-ordinator, and then approved in writing by the funding body.
  5. The activity must incur the full expenditure as outlined in the application budget. 
  6. While Delegated Gift Recipient status is not mandatory, applicants who advise of DGR status are requested to provide documentary evidence.
  7.  Bulgana Green Power Hub must be acknowledged in any promotional material using the following wording; This project is supported by the Bulgana Green Power Hub Community Fund Grants Program 2021. 
  8.  Groups/organisations are required to partake in media and communication opportunities that promote the BGPH Community Fund as requested.
  9. At the completion of the project you are required to complete a budget acquittal and report.

Please complete the acquittal form once your project is completed and the grant funds have been spent. 

Bulgana Green Power Hub Community Fund Acquittal Report >>