Southeast Sustainable Communities Fund

The Southeast Sustainable Communities Fund (SSCF) supports local communities in the southeastern United States to advance climate adaptation and social equity in local government policy, plans or programs. Grants have been awarded to City and County governments and local partnerships to create socially equitable sustainable energy and/or water initiatives. The fund invested $1.5 million in 2017 for six projects, and has allocated nearly $1.8 million in 2018 in support of six more sustainability projects in the Southeast that are addressing climate change impacts, to be implemented across 2019 - 2020. The SSCF 2019 funding opportunity offered five to seven grants of approximately $75,000 to $150,000 per year for two years. 

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

  • Mitigating and/ or adapting to climate change through sustainable energy and/or water initiatives
  • Fostering equity and inclusiveness
  • Leveraging community partnerships
  • Strengthening local government commitment
  • Demonstrating scalable solutions
  • Demonstrating innovation

The Southeast Sustainability Directors Network is focused on supporting equitable solutions for climate vulnerable communities. The projects funded by the Network will "benefit populations that are high risk related to climate impacts and highest in need of and access to solutions, such as people of color, people with low incomes, and/or people of immigrant and refugee communities, and other community members as deemed appropriate within the local context."

SSCF 2018 grantees include the following projects:

  • Community-Driven Neighborhood Climate Solutions in Athens – Clarke County, Georgia
  • Adaptive Stormwater in the Walnut Creek Watershed in Cary, North Carolina
  • Savings in the House 2.0 in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Green Jobs for Home Energy Uplift in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Using Front Yards to Address Flooding in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Community Resilience through Green Infrastructure in Volusia County, Florida


The SSCF is a partnership between The Kendeda Fund and the Southeast Sustainability Directors Network (SSDN).  


Publication Date: April 20, 2017

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  • Southeast Sustainability Directors’ Network

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