Grant Applications for 2021/2022 have now closed.
AGL Energy (AGL) has a passionate belief in progress – technological and human – and a relentless determination to make things better for you, our communities, the Australian economy, and our planet. As a major employer and investor in the Yorke Peninsula region, AGL seeks to make a positive contribution by establishing a fair and transparent community grants fund.
In this regard, the AGL Wattle Point Wind Farm Community Fund has been designed to support communities affected by AGL operations in the Yorke Peninsula Region, South Australia.
In 2021/22, AGL has set aside an amount of $15,000 (excluding GST) for communities and/or community groups within the area serviced by the Yorke Peninsula Council to support local community initiatives and/or activities. Please note that the assessment panel will prioritise initiatives and activities in the communities most affected by the Wattle Point Wind Farm, primarily determined on the basis of proximity.
The global COVID-19 pandemic has affected all communities. AGL strictly follows nationwide and state-wide restrictions to keep our staff and communities safe and healthy. Accordingly, the initiatives presented in this community fund must observe and implement all required COVID-19 health and safety restrictions and considerations as directed by SA Health and federal authorities.
Notes on applications for fund
- Applications may only be made by incorporated organisations (or those having a legal status), and must be made in accordance with the instructions on the application form.
- It is expected that there will be one period each year during which applications for funds may be made.
- Preference will be given to those projects for which alternative forms of funding is unavailable or difficult to access.
- Funding for approved projects must be spent by the 30 June of the financial year in which the grant is made, unless otherwise agreed with AGL.
Assessment of applications
Applications for funding will be assessed by a Panel comprising an elected representative and a non-elected representative of the Council and a representative of AGL. The panel will consider the funding application based on the following criteria:
- Provision of the information required in the application form by the applications closing date.
- Proximity of the initiative or activity to the Wattle Point Wind Farm.
- The benefit that the funded activity is expected to deliver to the community as a whole.
- Compatibility of the funded activity with AGL’s purpose and values.
- The extent to which the application reflects AGL sponsorship attributes.
- Measurable outcomes in the application.
- The application’s value for money (e.g. effective use of funds/low administration costs).
- The applicant’s track record in similar endeavours (if any).
- Long term benefits preferred over one-off events.
- Evidence of any required public liability insurance.
- Other criteria from time to time as determined by AGL.
The Panel will be obliged to exclude applications for any of the following reasons:
- Where the project is considered to be the sole responsibility of the Federal or State Government.
- Applicant is a political organisation or application is related to political campaigns.
- Organisations or for activities where the planned activities could be potentially hazardous.
- Organisations or activities that are not lawful.
- Organisations, individuals or businesses operating for commercial gain.
- Organisations or for activities that if funded would give rise to a conflict of interest in any members of the Panel or the Council.
- Projects or groups located outside of the Yorke Peninsula Council.
How much money can I apply for?
AGL has a limited budget available for the Community Fund Program. Applications can specify the amount required and AGL will assess the cost of the initiative in relation to the outcomes achieved for the community, as part of the funding decision process.
Applicants may receive less funding than specified in their application.
Successful applicants must assume all responsibility for the project, initiative, or event they are running. This includes having an adequate safety system in place, public liability insurance, and any other risk management strategies applicable to the organisation or activity.
Applications close at 5pm Wednesday 17 November.