DINAWAN PILOT GRANT PROGRAM

Fostering close collaboration with the communities nearest to the project throughout its development

Spark Renewables is proud of the work we do to support the communities we become a part of. Our focus is to create lasting, positive change that supports the needs of each community.

Spark Renewables will distribute in 2024:
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Spark Renewables is developing the Dinawan Energy Hub, consisting of a wind farm, solar farm and battery storage system, located approximately 30km south of Coleambally and 30km north of Jerilderie, NSW. A landmark project such as this will provide an opportunity to support local communities through benefit sharing programs. While there will be an extensive benefit sharing program established when the project is built, we’d like to start supporting some community initiatives now by kicking off a small pilot grants program.

Spark Renewables is providing $20,000 of grant funding and seeking applications from eligible community projects through the Pilot Grant Program. This builds on $9,700 of sponsorships already provided to the surrounding community.

Spark Renewables intends to transition the Pilot Grant Program into an annual community benefits program for the life of the Dinawan Energy Hub once the project commences construction. The future amount of the community benefits program will be based on the final size of the project and will be managed in partnership with the respective local councils.

In 2024, the funding priorities for the Pilot Grant Program include:

  • Local Infrastructure and Services
  • Employment or Education Opportunities
  • Community Social Benefits, Inclusion, Health and Well-being
  • Sustainability or Enhance the Natural Environment
  • Heritage Preservation, Restoration and Promotion
  • Outdoor Recreational Activities, Sports and Clubs
  • Art and Culture
  • Community Events and Festivals
  • Youth Development

Who is eligible to apply?  

Spark Renewables seeks to share the benefits of the Dinawan Energy Hub and foster community collaboration with communities closest to the project during development – focusing on initiatives that benefit the areas surrounding Coleambally, Jerilderie and Darlington Point.

To be eligible, applicants and their applications must meet the following criteria: 

  • Be an individual, not-for-profit (and have an ABN), or for-profit organisation (and have an ABN); 
  • The proposal benefits the community within approximately 55 km of the proposed project area, which includes but is not limited to Coleambally, Jerilderie and/or Darlington Point communities; and 
  • The proposal aligns to one or more of the 9 funding priorities listed above. 

Application terms and conditions

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  • The Pilot Grant Program administered by Spark Renewables will distribute $20,000 in 2024 to eligible applicants. Funding grants will be one-off payments, and applications for projects between $1,000 and $5,000 shall be considered.
  • The applications are now open and will close on 31 July 2024
  • Grant funds must be used within 12 months of the date of the funding approval.
  • Organisations can only submit one funding application per organisation.
  • All applications must be submitted on the Dinawan Energy Hub Pilot Grant Form.
  • Successful applicants will be required to provide evidence, timing of the community benefit funding, and a project completion report on how the grant was spent.  
  • Applications will be assessed, and successful applicants notified by email in August 2024. 

For further information or any questions, please contact Spark Renewables at info@dinawanenergyhub.com or submit your query via the form below. 

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