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Southeast Sustainable Communities Fund (SSCF)

Building solutions through grant funding.

Southeast Sustainable Communities Fund (SSCF)

Innovation toward sustainable and equitable outcomes often looks different in the Southeast than in other parts of the country. All too often the greatest challenges are not determining what communities should do to be more sustainable, but navigating the uncharted path for how to implement strategies in a way that aligns with local values.

The purpose of the Southeast Sustainable Communities Fund (SSCF) 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 learn from grantee experiences and success stories.

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2019 SSCF Requests for Proposal (RFP)

2018 SSCF Grantees

2017 SSCF Grantees

FUND INTENT

The intent of SSCF is to fund five to seven projects that will support sustainable and equitable communities working in the following six areas. Applicants should focus on these areas in their project design and application materials.

  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 commitment
  5. Demonstrating scalable solutions
  6. Demonstrating innovation
FUND BACKGROUND
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The Southeast Sustainable Communities Fund (SSCF) is a partnership between The Kendeda Fund and the Southeast Sustainability Directors Network (SSDN).

The Kendeda Fund supports the dignity of individuals and the sustainability of communities through investments in transformative leaders and ideas. SSDN is a membership network of sustainability officials representing nearly 60 local government officials in the Southeastern U.S. SSDN members share ideas and collaborate to accelerate the adoption of sustainable best practices across the region. SSDN’s mission is to build capacity for community sustainability in the Southeast.

STORYTELLING

Grantees will be required to capture and share with SSDN aspects of their project in ways that are relatable and instructive to the general public. Examples include written feature stories and participant profiles, photo essays, sound recordings, videos, and/or local media coverage. Storytelling submissions are required once each year of the project. These submissions do not need to be technical or expensive — using a phone to capture photos or video could suffice. Capturing the first day of a program launch or filming 30-second interviews from a stakeholder focus group may be all it takes to translate the impact of your project to others in a more accessible way than a written grant report.

PROGRESS REPORTING

Submit Quarterly Progress Updates

These updates will be brief (two to three paragraphs) and will include:

  1. Progress on major milestones
  2. Results achieved to date (outputs and outcomes)
  3. Funds spent to date
  4. Explanation of any major changes to the project milestones, timeline, or budget

Submit a Year One Progress Report

This report will be no more than three pages and will include:

  1. Progress on major milestones
  2. Results achieved to date (outputs and outcomes)
  3. Funds spent to date
  4. Explanation of any major changes to the Year One project milestones, timeline, or budget
  5. Proposed Year Two project budget by milestones and metrics table

Participate in Year Two Planning Call

The lead grantee (and key project partners, if desired) will participate in a Year Two Planning call with the SSCF Program Manager. The purpose of this call will be to review Year One performance, discuss the proposed Year Two project budget by milestones and metrics table, and determine if Year One performance merits the Year Two grant payment. Calls will be coordinated by SSCF staff.

Submit a Final Report

This report will be between five to ten pages and will include three deliverables:

  1. A final grant report that describes outcomes, impact, follow up on work planned, funds leveraged, and lessons learned
  2. A detailed record of grant fund expenditures, including a comparison of original budget to actual expenditures
  3. Any materials created for this grant project that demonstrate the project outputs and/or outcomes in a way that could help SSCF share the success of the grant program with other communities and other funders
PEER LEARNING

SSDN Webinar or In-Person Meeting on Project Results and Lessons Learned

The lead grantee will be asked to make a presentation about their project during an SSDN webinar or at an in-person meeting. The presentation will include project results, lessons learned, key takeaways, etc. Travel expenses for this presentation will be covered separately from the grant funding.

Quarterly Peer Learning Progress Calls

The lead grantee (and key project partners, if desired) will participate in quarterly grantee cohort calls to share progress and learn from each other. This includes one call after the grant term to discuss grant program lessons learned. Calls will be coordinated by SSCF staff.

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