Hydro unveil resilience fund

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Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution (SHEPD) has set up the £300,000 Resilient Communities Fund for non-profit making organisations, community groups and charities working in their distribution area.

Applications for up to £20,000 will be accepted until July 31 2015.

The Resilient Communities Fund supports local projects that:

Protect the welfare of vulnerable customers during a significant power outage or emergency weather event.

Enhance community facilities and services that may be used or instigated in the event of a significant power outage or emergency weather event.

Improve communication during an emergency situation to keep communities informed or aid contact between local groups and response services.

£150,000 of funding has been allocated for 2015, with £150,000 available for a second round in 2016. An independent panel will decide which projects will receive a grant from the Resilient Communities Fund. To find out more about the fund, or to download an application form, visit www.ssepd.co.uk/resiliencefund.