Edinburgh Local

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh University)

The University of Edinburgh is offering some public services and activities to local communities and organisations in the Edinburgh region, via a new initiative called Edinburgh Local. This involves:

  • A community grants fund which local organisations and projects can apply for up to £5,000.
  • Free events and activities on a huge range of topics that are usually free and open to the public
  • Volunteering and support for communities, including helping in local schools/workshops for kids and other things.

Sign up for their newsletter at www.ed.ac.uk/local/contact to find out about their events and services to support communities. Or contact them via

0131 650 4063 | 07905118047 | eppy.harries-pugh@ed.ac.uk

University of Edinburgh | Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability

www.ed.ac.uk/local | 9 Hope Park Square, Meadow Lane, EH8 9NP

Funding opportunities

(Adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)

Funds are available in each of the three Neighbourhood Partnership Community Grants Funds for the South East Locality. These funds will be available until the end of March 2018. The Neighbourhood Partnership can award grants of up to £5,000: organisations and groups can use these for local community activity that supports the work of the Partnership and/or the Locality Improvement Plan.

For information on the process and an application form, please visit:

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Funding and training opportunities, participatory budgeting videos

(adapted from an email from Loraine Duckworth of Edinburgh Council)

Climate Challenge Fund opens for applications

Community-led organisations from across Scotland are invited to apply to the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) for funding to support local projects that tackle climate change.  Download How to apply (PDF) and content and images for websites (PDF).

CCF grants of up to £150,000 per organisation, per year, are available for projects taking place between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2020*. The deadline to submit an Expression of Interest, the first stage of the application process for a CCF Grant, is 17:00 on 28 August 2017. Continue reading

Community Choices fund: new money for participatory budgeting

(adapted from an email from Citizen Participation Network.)

New: Community Choices Fund announced for 2017/18

The Scottish Government has announced the £1.5 million fund will be open for applications until 21st July 2017.

First launched in 2016/17, the Community Choices Fund has supported participatory budgeting (PB) in Scotland.

For 2017/18, £1.5 million of the Community Choices Fund is available in two categories of £750,000 each:

  • Category one for Public Authorities which includes Local Authorities and other Public Bodies.
  • Category two for Community Organisations and Community Councils.

The fund aims to support PB activity which will significantly expand opportunities for more local people to make decisions on local spending priorities and contribute to local participatory democracy.

Targeted particularly at work in deprived areas, the fund aims to build on the support provided by the Scottish Government for PB since 2014 as part of a broader agenda around democratic innovation and engaged citizenship.

The closing date for applications is midnight 21 July 2017.

More information: https://pbscotland.scot/blog/2017/6/9/community-choices-fund-announced-for-201718

Some funding opportunities

(based on information sent by Loraine Duckworth of Edinburgh Council)

OneCity Trust

The OneCity Trust is pleased to announce that its main grant programme is now open for applications. Registered charities and constituted groups based in Edinburgh and focussing their work in the city with an annual income of less than £200,000 are invited to apply for funding for social inclusion projects meeting one or more of the priorities of (1) community connectedness (2) cultural bridging (3) civic inclusion

For more information, go to www.onecity.org.uk, telephone Elaine McCafferty on 0131 469 3856 or email 1718applications@onecity.org.uk.

Edinburgh Trust Community Fund

This is a new fund which registered charities, constituted groups, non-constituted groups, and individuals are all eligible to apply to. The application closing date is fairly soon: 21 April 2017.

To apply, go to http://www.evoc.org.uk/updates/edinburgh-trust-community-programme

For help with applications contact Christina Hinds, Development Worker, Telephone: 0131 555 9103

 

Choose Youth Work – voting open!

(adapted from an email from Loraine Duckworth, Partnership Development Officer)

Young people in Edinburgh are being asked to vote on projects to deliver youth work across the city. During February 2017, Edinburgh Council invited groups to apply for up to £10,000 to spend on youth work activity that will benefit young people between 11-25, either locally based or citywide.

The applications were screened at the beginning of March by a group of young people and Council officers, based on priorities that were decided by young people following a consultation in 2016.

This is the first year of a three year programme, with 60k to allocate this year, rising to over 100k in year 2, and over 500k in year 3.

A total of 16 projects will now face a public vote. It is now up to you to decide which of these projects you would like to see being delivered. If you are aged between 11-21, and live in Edinburgh, you can vote for your three preferred projects.

Voting opens at 12noon on Friday 10 March and closes at 5pm on Monday 27 March 2017.

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