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Edinburgh Trust Community Programme

Applications for the Edinburgh Community Programme for 2017 are now closed. Shortlisting will take place in early May and all applicants will then be contacted.

""We've been providing financial support to residents in Edinburgh for the past six years through the Edinburgh Trust. Until now the Trust has focused on providing financial support to people needing short term help for themselves and their families. 

Now, with the launch of our new Edinburgh Trust Community Programme, we're looking to fund and support new and innovative community projects that can provide more lasting and longer term positive impacts to help improve lives, reduce poverty and get the best out of the people and resources in our communities.

This is a really exciting opportunity for people who may never have thought of applying for funding before to access some help to kick start their project.  Although we’ll accept applications from small charities, we’re also really keen to hear from individuals, or small groups of people, who have got a great idea that they are wanting to turn into action. Hannah Lawson, Edinburgh Trust

Edinburgh Trust Community Programme

What is the Edinburgh Trust Community Programme?

Applications for the Edinburgh Community Programme for 2017 are now closed. Shortlisting will take place in early May and all applicants will then be contacted.

We’re looking for applications from people who really know their community; can easily identify the strengths within it; and can tell us how these can be built upon. By ‘community’ we include both geographical communities and communities of interest.

The grants available will seed fund four to six new projects to help get them off the ground and can be in the region of £1,000 and £10,000. The size of funding on offer will depend upon the size and scope of the project, which will be supported for up to two years, with evaluations taking place along the way.

We are looking for projects with very clear aims and outcomes.

We also want to know how the project can be maintained when our funding ends as well as ideas on how the project might be scaled up and copied in other communities or areas of Edinburgh.

Project Priorities

When considering each application, we will be looking to see if the project ideas fits in with one or more of the the following categories, which are recognised as being recommended routes out of poverty.  

These are:

  • Pockets – helping people increase the money/resources they have in their pockets
  • Prospects – helping people to improve their life chances and find ways to move out of poverty
  • Prevention – helping to reduce risks of falling into poverty
  • Places – helping to create vibrant, supportive and strong communities.

Examples of projects that meet each of the categories

Who can apply?

Applications for the Edinburgh Community Programme for 2017 are now closed. Shortlisting will take place in early May and all applicants will then be contacted.

We welcome applications from individuals and small community groups who may not be constituted, but also from small charities (with a turnover of less than £100,000pa and unrestricted reserves of less than six months’ running costs).

As well as offering funding, we will also provide regular support throughout the journey of the project –  application, networking, launch, evaluation and future planning.

Checklist for Edinburgh Trust Community Fund applications:

  • Your project will benefit people living in Edinburgh
  • Your idea is new and hasn’t been tried in your area before
  • Your idea fits in with at least one of the project priorities above
  • You know your community – you have identified a real need that your project will help tackle
  • Your project has the potential to grow,  generate interest (and maybe future funding)  and be shared in other communities
  • You’ve got good ideas for getting people involved in your project – people who can help and people who can benefit
  • You can make the most of the good things that are already happening in your community
  • You have a realistic budget and can spend the funds within two years with a plan as to how the project can keep going beyond this time. 

Funding can be used:

  • To provide practical services and support
  • For developmental costs or specialist advice, (including to develop policies and procedures), where needed, but remembering that the community itself will be the best consultant
  • To cover staffing or volunteer costs
  • For essential travel expenses
  • To hire venues or equipment, if not available freely within the community
  • To develop materials, information and resources
  • To cover administration and marketing
  • Insurance where needed.

Exclusions

Because we’re looking for new ideas and activities, we cannot provide funds to extend existing funded projects. 

How do I apply?

Applications for the Edinburgh Community Programme for 2017 are now closed. Shortlisting will take place in early May and all applicants will then be contacted.

 

 

Further information

If you have any questions about the Edinburgh Trust Community Programme, please call us on 0131 243 2796 during office hours or email edinburgh@turn2us.org.uk