Southeast Sustainable Communities Fund

The Southeast Sustainable Communities Fund (SSCF) supports local communities in the southeastern United States to advance climate adaptation and socially equity in local government policy, plans or programs. Grants have been awarded to City and County governments and local partnerships to create socially equitable and sustainable energy and/or water initiatives. The fund is investing $1.5million across six communities in the Southeast, which were awarded grants in December 2017 (see below).

The SSCF is a partnership between The Kendeda Fund and the Southeast Sustainability Directors Network (SSDN). As described by the SSDN, the purpose of the Fund is to “accelerate the adoption of sustainable best practices in Southeast communities by funding projects that implement local sustainability solutions, while leveraging the SSDN network to help others learn from grantee experiences and widely sharing success stories about sustainability in the Southeast.”

The intent of this RFP is to fund five to seven projects that will support sustainable and equitable communities working in the following five areas:

  1. Mitigating and/ or adapting to climate change through sustainable energy and/or water initiatives
  2. Fostering equity and inclusiveness
  3. Leveraging community partnerships
  4. Strengthening local government policy
  5. Demonstrating scalable solutions

SSCF 2017 grantees include:

  • Environmental Justice Planning to Withstand Impacts of Climate Change in Duck Hill, Mississippi
  • Crowdsourcing Community Donations to Fund Energy Retrofits for People with Low Income in Huntsville, Alabama
  • Saving Energy and Building Wealth Through Energy Retrofits in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Reducing Peak Energy Demand in the Winter through Weatherization Retrofits in Buncombe County, North Carolina
  • Community-Led Problem Solving: Market Barriers to Financing Energy Retrofits in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Eyesore to Assets: Community Resilience through Green Infrastructure on Vacant Lots in Savannah, Georgia


Publication Date: April 20, 2017

Related Organizations:

  • Southeast Sustainability Directors’ Network


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  • Funding program

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