BODANGORA WIND FARM COMMUNITY BENEFIT FUND NOW OPEN

Applications are now open for Bodangora Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund 2021/2022, with up to $10,000 grants available for not-for-profit groups of Wellington District. The latest round will provide a total of $57,000 in grants to support projects that deliver social, cultural, economic or environmental benefits for the local community.

Dubbo Regional Council Mayor, Mathew Dickerson said it’s great to work with Iberdrola Australia formerly Infigen Energy and the Bodangora Wind farm to assist the local non-for-profit groups within the Wellington area that have shown resilience in recent years. “There is no doubt our communities have been through some trying times and our non-for-profit organisations have been at the heart of making sure we all get through this together,” said Councillor Dickerson.

The funding has been made available as a result of the planning agreement made between Iberdrola Australia, Bodangora Wind Farm Pty Ltd and Dubbo Regional Council. Council will make available $57,000 provided in development contributions to the Community Benefit Fund annually over the first 25 years of the wind farm operation.

Michael Bullock, Iberdrola Australia’s Bodangora Site Manager said that the Bodangora Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund makes a tangible difference to community projects around the Wellington area.

“Iberdrola Australia are committed to supporting our local communities for the long term. We have pledged $1.25M to the Community Benefit Fund over the first 25 years of operation. In 2021 we were delighted to have contributed to many community groups including Wellington Historical Society, Wellington Junior & Senior Rugby, Wellington Bowling Club and the Cudgegong Jump Club which is located within the leased area of the Wind Farm. We would like to encourage as many community groups as possible to apply for funding in the upcoming rounds,” said Mr Bullock.

Applications for programs/projects will be rated on the following criteria:

  • Deliver social, cultural, economic or environmental benefits to local communities of the Wellington district.
  • Address an identified community priority.
  • Demonstrate that any ongoing or recurrent costs of the project can be met by the community group once grant funding has been expensed
  • The organisation must demonstrate the capacity to manage funds and deliver the project.
  • Is the proposed project activity based within the Wellington and district community?

Applications are open now, until 11 April 2022, and can be made via the link below:
https://www.dubbo.nsw.gov.au/Community-Groups/Grants-and-Funding/bodangora-community-benefit-fund

Last Edited: 04 Apr 2022

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