New application window for community project funding

Community Advice and Support
08:34, Monday, 3rd August 2020

Community groups are being urged to apply for funding to help them make their projects a reality.

The Sustainable Development Fund, founded by SSE plc (formerly Scottish and Southern Energy plc), is now open for applications until 31 October 2020.

In 2013 SSE developed a 34-turbine site in North Lincolnshire and pledged more than £8.5m for community projects – SSE Local Keadby Wind Farm Fund and the Sustainable Development Fund (SDF)

The SDF is aimed at community focused or charitable activities with projects that can achieve a significant impact in local communities.

The funding aims to:

  • Create opportunities for education and employment through activities that develop skills and improve an individual’s chance of entering the workplace.
  • Empower communities to become more resilient and protect vulnerable residents through measures which demonstrate long-term social, environmental or economic improvements.
  • Make sustainable places by stimulating meaningful regeneration to improve or enhance local infrastructure, landscape, biodiversity or heritage and make a lasting difference to the places people live, work and visit.

Recent schemes that have received SDF cash include the Healey Road Education & Wildlife Centre in Scunthorpe where volunteers transformed a piece of wasteland on the allotments.

The area is open to the public and has become a much-loved destination, visited by schools and care homes.

For more information about the fund and how to apply, including an application form, go to the SSE funding page on our website.