Sustainable development fund

The Sustainable Development Fund is in addition to our local community funds and supports strategic projects in the regions where SSE is operating. It allows the benefits of our renewable energy developments to be accessible to a wider area and is directed to projects that can achieve significant impact in local communities. We expect the fund could be worth over £50 million over the next 25 years.

Project eligibility

The community fund can support projects which:

  • Creating opportunities – increase opportunities for education and employment
  • Empowering communities – build resilience and protect vulnerable residents
  • Building sustainable places – stimulate meaningful community regeneration

Projects in the following areas can apply:

  • Dumfries and Galloway
  • Highlands
  • North Lincolnshire
  • Perth and Kinross
  • Scottish Borders
  • South Lanarkshire

You can find out who is eligible to apply here.

Fund timetable

AreaFund opensWho to contact for more information
Dumfries and GallowayClosed – due to open in 2021Lindsay Dougan (details below)
HighlandsClosed – due to open in 2021Marianne Townsley (details below)
North LincolnshireAutumn 2019This is managed in partnership with North Lincolnshire Council:
E: Communitygrants@northlincs.gov.uk
T: 01724 296926
Perth and KinrossClosed – due to open in 2021Marianne Townsley (details below)
Scottish BordersClosed – due to open in 2021Lindsay Dougan (details below)
South LanarkshireOpen for applications – deadline 20 Janaury 2021Lindsay Dougan (details below)

How to apply

The fund supports projects which take a longer term view by delivering transformational social, economic and/or environmental changes in the community and develop sustainable ventures for the future.

The South Lanarkshire Sustainable Development Fund is currently open for applications. For this round of the fund the panel have an interest in projects which will enhance the local economy as communities recover from the coronavirus pandemic e.g. establishing an apprenticeship scheme, supporting micro social businesses or projects which generate income to provide communities with long term revenue streams.

The fund deadline is 20 January 2021.

Guidance and the application form can be found here.

More information