SSE delivered £4.9m in support of community projects in 2016/17
SSE’s wind farm funds delivered over £4.9m in support for community projects during 2016/17, a new report has shown.
SSE’s 2016/17 community investment annual review documents every award made from SSE’s 27 community benefit funds from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017.
The funds are provided as a part of a commitment made during the development of SSE’s renewable energy projects in Great Britain from 2002 to the present day, with funding decisions taken by independent community panels or trusts. SSE is unusual because it prefers to directly administer these funds allowing it to remain firmly connected to the communities around which its developments are sited.
Projects supported during 2016/17 include: £150,000 to Day 1 to open the Inverness Kart Raceway; £30,000 to the Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust for the new Falls of Shin Visitor Centre in the Highlands; £25,000 to Tayside Mountain Rescue for a new vehicle; and £39,980 to Lowther Hills Ski Club to open a new clubhouse in South Lanarkshire.
The report, published today, also reveals that for each £1 awarded by SSE through its grant-making programme, recipients sourced an additional £5.26 in match funding from other sources.
SSE Head of Sustainability Rachel McEwen said:
“As a responsible company, SSE seeks to be an active contributor to the communities that we are part of and we are delighted to have played an instrumental role our part in bringing these projects to fruition.
“We hope that these projects will leave a lasting legacy for the local communities and that the success of these projects will encourage more groups to come forward and apply for funding.”
In total, 402 not-for-profit projects received grants to the value of £4,965,322 in the 12-month period. A continuing focus was community facilities and services, in which over £1.2m was invested, including 36 projects to enhance community assets. Skills and education was another popular theme with 913 people benefiting from skills training.