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Funding Boost for ‘Green’ Community Projects in Lichfield and Cannock Districts

Thu 6 Dec 2018

Community organisations with great ideas for green projects are set to receive a boost from the Southern Staffordshire Community Energy (SSCE) Community Fund, being relaunched in partnership with the Community Foundation for Staffordshire (CFS).

Invitations are open for grants of up to £2000 for community projects in the Lichfield and Cannock Chase Districts which will tackle environmental issues and help protect our fragile planet for future generations.

SSCE has previously given grants to bodies like St Michael’s Church, Shenstone Village Hall and Woodhouse Community Farm, but has increased the size of the fund and believes that the new partnership will give it a higher profile and wider reach. A total of £9000 is available in this round.

Recent reports from the IPCC and many other bodies have emphasized the urgency of reducing our dependence on fossil fuels and supporting our wildlife to avoid environmental disaster and ensure that we leave our grandchildren and great grandchildren a viable world that they can enjoy. The Fund is aimed at supporting those goals at a community level.

The expanded scheme will make awards to community buildings to reduce their environmental impact, which could be through the installation of LED lighting, insulation or renewable energy, or carrying out an energy survey take.  Awards can also be made to support projects which benefit  the natural environment, reduce waste, or reduce carbon emissions through promoting sustainable food production or transport. Projects aimed at educational initiatives promoting these activities are also eligible.

Woodhouse Farm and Garden at Fisherwick is one project which has previously received a grant from SSCE’s fund.  This Community Farm offers opportunities for members of the local community to learn new skills and knowledge such as animal husbandry, horticulture and associated activities.  Following a grant of £2000 from SSCE they were able to install new energy efficient windows in their converted piggery, which forms the core of the farm’s educational and community work.

Robin Taylor of Southern Staffordshire Community Energy said: “Southern Staffordshire is a community owned enterprise which uses the surplus from its solar PV installations to provide this fund. We are very excited to be able to support projects which benefit local community organisations and help to tackle the environmental challenges we face. The closing date for applications for this newly expanded scheme, launched in conjunction with the Community Fund for Staffordshire is, 31st January 2019 and we look forward to receiving lots of good applications”

Steve Adams, CEO of The Community Foundation for Staffordshire commented: “We are delighted that Southern Staffordshire Community Energy are taking this step in working with the Community Foundation.  Whilst we are experts in local grant giving, ensuring any funds available get to where they are most needed, we need donors and supporters who can look past the present and think of future generations.  In making these grants available SSCE are planning to make sure that our children and grandchildren inherit a world with less environmental problems than the ones we face today.”

For further information contact Sally Grieve, Grants Manager at The Community Foundation on

01785 339540 or visit

https://staffsfoundation.org.uk/grants/ssce-community-energy-grants/