Southern Staffordshire Community Energy Limited (SSCE) is a social enterprise, which was founded in 2011 and run by volunteers. As a type of co-operative known as a community benefit society, it owns two solar photovoltaic panel installations on community buildings in Whittington, and an installation on roofs owned by University Hospital of North Midlands Trust (UHNM)
The surplus from its activities is utilised to create two Community Funds. The community fund arising from the UHNM project is committed to a project aimed at alleviating fuel poverty in North Staffordshire. The surplus from the other installations supports a General Community Fund which is available to community organisations in Lichfield District to fund projects which address carbon reduction, energy savings and wider issues of sustainability.
The Board of SSCE has agreed that for the year 2019 this Community Fund will have a total value of £9000 and will be utilised to:
- improve the energy efficiency and reduce the carbon footprint of community buildings in Lichfield and District and to assist local community organisations in raising their related understanding and skill levels.
- facilitate environmental projects run by local community organisations. This includes capital grants for the purchase of equipment and also for revenue costs for activities such as education, training and development of volunteers/staff, surveys, investigations and related activities in support of a project.
Applications for funding are invited from the owners or leaseholders of community buildings and the trustees, committee members and management boards of community organisations in Lichfield District.
Administration of the fund is handled on behalf of SSCE by The Community Foundation for Staffordshire. Completed application forms and any supporting documents should therefore be sent or emailed to:
The Community Foundation for Staffordshire, Communications House, University Court, Staffordshire Technology Park, Stafford, ST18 OES.
E mail: email@example.com
Tel: 01785 339540
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