SSE Renewables Community Funds, March 2020

We recognise that communities, services and organisations are facing huge challenges as a result of Coronavirus (COVID-19). We want to reassure communities and groups we fund that we will continue to support them through this difficult time.

We have always taken a flexible approach to our funding and we will continue to adapt to best meet the needs of the communities near our renewable assets.

While we might not be able to support communities face-to-face we remain open and available. We are set up to work remotely and we are working hard to ensure that the impact of the virus will not significantly impact our ability to deliver our services to applicants, grant holders and communities.


SSE is committed to supporting the communities in which we live and work. We understand we must contribute positively to this society by being an active contributor to the communities that we are part of. We support this through two programmes:

  1. Be the Difference - SSE seeks to be an active contributor to the communities in which we work and live. Through our Be the Difference scheme, each of our 20,000 employees can take a day away from their usual job and give a helping hand to a community project of their choice. Find out more about the programme here.
  2. Community Investment - We operate a leading community investment programme, delivering financial support to a diverse range of community projects near to our renewable developments in the UK and Ireland.

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SSE manages 32 funds, which have supported over 2,500 community projects with grants of £22.1m since 2008. We operate two types of funds:

  1. Local Funds support communities nearest to a wind farm. We support panels made up of community members who review applications and decide which projects provide the best benefit for the community.
  2. Sustainable Development Funds support strategic projects in the local authority regions in which we are investing.  This fund support projects which take a longer term view by delivering transformational social, economic and/or environmental changes.


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