SEPD Resilient Communities Fund reopens for applications

Helping communities deal with emergencies caused by extreme weather events

20 August 2015

Communities across central southern England can apply for assistance through the Resilient Communities Fund, established by Southern Electric Power Distribution (SEPD). The fund has been set up to help local communities plan for, and cope with, emergencies caused by extreme weather events, such as gale force winds, floods and power cuts.

CSE’s Senior Development Manager Ruth Cole is part of the independent grant-making panel. She said: “Transitioning to a low carbon future is essential to help protect communities from extreme weather events made more likely by climate change – but there are also practical things that communities can do now to prepare themselves. I’m really pleased that CSE has been invited by SEPD to help with this fund, which I think a lot of community groups we work with could find useful.”

In the first round of applications, the panel awarded 17 community organisations a total of £167,000 for projects such as volunteer training and emergency equipment including back-up generators, flood defences, two-way radios and a rescue boat.

The deadline for the next round of applications will be in April 2016. For more information on application criteria, visit

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