The Community Fund

Funding Boost for Local Sustainability Projects

Environmental sustainability in Lichfield District is set to get another boost as we launch a fourth round of the Community Fund, supporting ‘green’ projects across the District.

The success of SSCE’s solar projects and consultancy work means that for 2018-19 we have been able to further increase the total funding available and broaden the area from which organisations are eligible to apply.

Consideration will be given to projects which promote biodiversity and sustainability, while energy audits and energy-saving projects for community buildings are also eligible. SSCE has previously provided grants towards energy audits and energy-saving and environmental projects for community buildings including Hammerwich Cricket Club, Christ Church in Burntwood, St Michael’s Church in Lichfield, Woodhouse Community Farm and Shenstone Village Hall. The maximum level of funding per organisation is £2000, and applications are invited from community organisations and charities based in the Districts of Lichfield and Cannock Chase.

Community Fund Manager Robin Taylor said ‘Our solar panels are operating very well and providing significant benefits to the building owners while generating a surplus that is available for community initiatives. We are very pleased to be in a position to offer another round of funding for good projects which improve environmental sustainability including energy conservation, biodiversity, green transport, or local food. Our team are really looking forward to helping some great projects get off the ground.’

Applications, which are only open to community organisations and charities working in the Districts of Lichfield and Cannock Chase, can be for complete projects or for part funding, and must be received by 15th February 2019. Please make sure you read the guidance notes before submitting your application.

Robin can be contacted on 07738 939271 or

Application Form for Environmental Projects

Application Form for Energy Projects

Application Criteria

SSCE is a Community Benefit Society, owned by its members, which provides solar electricity to local community buildings, while distributing its financial surplus via a Community Fund.