SSE Sustainable Development Fund Open

What is the Sustainable Development Fund? SSE Renewables created the Sustainable Development Fund as part of its voluntary community benefit arrangements from its onshore renewable energy developments in the Highland region, primarily the Stronelairg, Bhlaraidh and Strathy North Wind Farms.

Who can apply to the fund? To be eligible for funding, your project must benefit communities that lie wholly within the Highland local authority area. You don’t need to be a registered charity to apply, but your organisation must have a constitution and not be set up for individual profit. What is the fund value and timescale? In this round the fund is worth a total of £1 million. You can apply for funding from £30,000 up to a maximum of the fund’s total value. Round opens 5 October 2021 Deadline for full applications Noon on 19 January 2022 Awards made April 2021

What are the aims of the fund? The fund is to be used to provide support for strategic projects in the Highland region and any successful application must meet one or more of the following outcomes:

· Creating opportunities: Create opportunities for education and employment through activities that develop skills and improve an individual’s chance of entering the workplace.

· Empowering communities: Empower communities to become more resilient through measures which demonstrate long-term social, environmental or economic improvements.

· Sustainable places: Stimulate meaningful regeneration to improve or enhance local infrastructure, landscape, biodiversity or heritage and make a lasting difference to the places we live, work and visit. For this round of the fund the panel have an interest in projects which will enhance the region to prepare for a net zero future e.g. enhancing young people’s STEM skills for the jobs of the future, de-carbonising community transport, community owned renewable projects. for more info contact Marianne Townsley Community Investment Manager 01738 341839 Working Pattern: Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri Lindsay Dougan Community Investment Manager 01738 340292 Working Pattern: Tue/Wed/Thu go to

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