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Edinburgh Trust Community Programme

Can you make a difference? Do you have what it takes to bring people together and help your community thrive?

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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.

Grants for new projects in Edinburgh

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.

As a charity we want to work with and support local people and groups to help tackle poverty and hardship within their communities. In putting this Programme together, we’ve received invaluable support through our Steering Group of local organisations; and we’ll be working with other charities and organisations in Edinburgh to ensure that the funded projects receive ongoing support to help their communities to thrive. Alison Taylor, Turn2us Director of Operations

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?

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.


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

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

Want to apply?

Whether you are an individual, or part of a community group or small charity, from 6 March 2017 you will be able to apply using our Edinburgh Trust Community Programme application form, if you meet the following criteria:

  • 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.

How to apply

Applications open on Monday 6 March 2017 and close on Friday 21st April 17:00.

Use  the application form below (Word and PDF formats provided).

Download the Edinburgh Trust Community Programme Application (Word file)


We will be inviting shortlisted applicants to come and meet with us and talk about their projects in mid May 2017.