SSEN encourages communities to build resilience with £440k fund

As the country attempts to return to normal following severe weather conditions over the past few weeks, communities in SSEN’s network areas are being urged to take advantage of a competitive fund designed to help them improve their community resilience before applications close on Tuesday 15 May.

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has opened the 2018 round of its Resilient Communities Fund with £440,000 available for non-profit making organisations, community groups and charities working in the areas covered by SSEN’s distribution and transmission networks in the north of Scotland and central southern England.

The opening of this most recent round follows the issue of over half a million pounds to local groups operating in SSEN’s communities last year. Applications of up to £20,000 will be considered with an independent panel deciding which projects are to receive grants from this round of funding.

SSEN’s Resilient Communities Fund supports local projects that:

  • Protect the welfare of vulnerable community members through enhancing their resilience and improving community participation and effectiveness
  • Enhance community facilities, services and communication – particularly to support local response to a significant emergency event.

The first three rounds of the fund were highly competitive, with over 500 organisations being issued over £1.5 million of funding. Successful grants included projects to: improve community flood defences; enhance facilities in local emergency centres; purchase emergency vehicles for remote locations and testing new ways to build the personal resilience of those most vulnerable in SSEN’s communities.

Lisa Doogan, Director of Customer Relationship Management at SSEN, said:

“Our Resilient Communities Fund gives us a great opportunity to help our communities prepare for winter weather and emergency situations, boosting their resilience to prepare for any challenges they may face.

“We are committed to supporting our local communities all year round, particularly during power cuts and extreme weather events, but we also want to help customers living in our cities, towns and villages build their own local resilience too.”

Initially run as a pilot, SSEN pledged to extend the fund to 2023 using a proportion of the income it receives from the industry regulator Ofgem in relation to its stakeholder engagement performance. This has allowed SSEN to make almost £2m available for community-led groups and charities in its network areas so far.

To find out more about the SSEN Resilient Communities Fund, view a list of successful applicants to date, or to download an application form, visit: ssen.co.uk/resiliencefund

To check who your network operator is and to see if you would be eligible for funding, please visit ssen.co.uk/whoismynetworkoperator