The purpose of the Southeast Sustainable Communities 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 six areas. Applicants should focus on these areas in their project design and application materials:
- 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
This funding opportunity is open to any community located in the Southeast, including SSDN and non-SSDN members. For the purpose of this RFP, the Southeast includes Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Statewide or Southeast region-wide efforts are not eligible.
Projects must be led by one of three types of applicants representing a city or county government: (1) An Equity Director, or (2) a Sustainability Director, or (3) someone who performs a cross-departmental equity or sustainability function.
SSCF Program Manager