Community Enhancement Fund
Once the wind farm is fully operational, Biala Wind Farm will establish a Community Enhancement Fund, providing approximately $94,480 per annum for community projects.
The amount of funding available each year is set out in the wind farm Development Approval, as issued by the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment. Biala Wind Farm will contribute $2,500 per turbine to towards the fund every year. This contribution will increase with inflation (i.e. CPI adjusted) each year, giving a value for 2020 of approximately $3,048 per turbine
The Community Fund will provide grants to projects, services, facilities, benefits or educational assistance located within 20km of the wind farm, which are aimed at:
- enhancing any aspect of the local environment, which could include ameliorating any impacts from the wind farm; or
- benefitting the local community.
For the first three years of operation, community projects within a 5km radius of Biala Wind Farm will be the main funding priority for the Community Fund.
How the fund works
Who will administer the Community Enhancement Fund?
A Community Enhancement Fund Committee will be established to administer the Fund. The Committee will be set-up and coordinated by Upper Lachlan Shire Council under its Section 355 provisions. The Committee will be responsible for assessing applications and awarding funds. Biala Wind Farm will have one member on this committee, alongside representatives of Upper Lachlan Shire Council and members of the community.
Who can apply to the Community Enhancement Fund?
Members of the community through incorporated or registered not for profit organisations.
When will applications open?
Applications will be assessed annually, once the Community Enhancement Fund Committee is established.
It is likely that applications will open in the first half of 2021, but this date will be confirmed after the Community Enhancement Fund Committee is set up. The Upper Lachlan Shire Council (ULSC) will organise advertising for community members to join the Committee. ULSC will also advertise in their Voice newsletter and in the local newspapers when applications open.
We’ll let you know when applications are open on our website too and provide a link to the the application form and guidelines on the Council’s website.
How do I find out more about the Community Enhancement Fund?
We are happy to provide more information where we can on the Community Enhancement Fund, but depending on your question we may direct you to contact the Grants/Projects Officer at Upper Lachlan Shire Council on 02 4830 1067.