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We've been providing financial support to residents in Edinburgh since 2011 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.

With our Edinburgh Trust Community Programme, we're now looking to fund and support new and innovative projects in Edinburgh, which can provide more lasting and longer term positive impacts to:

  • Help improve lives

  • Reduce poverty

  • 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 idea – be that a social enterprise, community project or charitable venture.   Partnering with organisations such as Edinburgh Social Enterprise, we’ll be able to provide advice and support, as well as an all important injection of cash, to help get these ideas off the ground.”

Hannah Lawson, Edinburgh Trust

 

Edinburgh Trust Community Programme

What is the Edinburgh Trust Community Programme?

The Edinburgh Trust is looking to provide seed funding to project/enterprise ideas that are:

  • New and developmental
  • Utilising the strengths of the local community and supported by it
  • Scalable and replicable in the longer term
  • Unlikely to be able to secure funding from other sources of support at this early stage of their development
  • Able to help deliver poverty alleviation through one or more of the Scottish Government’s ‘Four Ps’ Routes out of Poverty’ (Click the link for some descriptions of the Four Ps and types of projects that might fit into each category).

We’re looking for applications from people:

  • Who really know their community
  • Can easily identify the strengths
  • Can tell us how these can be built upon.

By ‘community’ we include both geographical communities and communities of interest.

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

We also want to know how the project or enterprise will 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.

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

Who can apply?

We welcome applications from individuals, groups of individuals, or community groups in Edinburgh.

We may also consider applications from small charities for new projects (turnover less than £100,000 per annum, unrestricted reserves of less than six months’ running costs).

Not sure if your idea meets the criteria? If you can tick every box on this list, then we’d love to hear from you:

  • Your project/business will be operational in, and benefit the people of, Edinburgh
  • The project/business leader will have experience of poverty in either their own lives or the communities in which they live or work
  • The social aims of the project/business will clearly contribute to the alleviation of poverty in the community/city
  • The project/business idea is unique to the area in which it will operate
  • The project/business model is financially sound and has the potential to grow
  • The project/business has a realistic budget for the initial year(s) of operation
  • The project/business and social premise is built on a clear understanding of the community’s needs and wishes
  • The project/business would not, at this stage, be eligible for funding from other social enterprise or community funds.

Exclusions

We're looking for new ideas so we cannot provide funds to extend existing funded projects.

What can funding be used for?

Funding can be used:

  • To provide practical services and support
  • For developmental costs or specialist advice (including to develop policies and procedures)
  • For training/learning/capacity building
  • To cover staffing or volunteer costs
  • For essential travel expenses
  • To hire venues or equipment (if not freely available within the community)
  • To develop materials, information and resources
  • To cover administration and marketing
  • For legal, professional and membership fees
  • For insurance.

Exclusions

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

How do I apply?

Social enterprise ideas

If your idea is for a social enterprise, please complete our brief Edinburgh Trust Community Programme Project Proposal form (Word file) and forward this to us at the address given at the bottom of the form. When we receive your proposal, we will be in touch within five working days of receipt to let you know if we would like you to make a full application. At this stage, we will also put you in touch with our friends at Edinburgh Social Enterprise, who will be able to help you to shape and develop your ideas.

If your proposal does not result in an invitation to apply, we will provide details of other possible sources of support, both practical and/or financial, such as Edinburgh Social Enterprise, First Port, Social Investment Scotland, Just Enterprise etc.

Community or charity project ideas

If your idea is for a community or charity project, please complete our brief Edinburgh Trust Community Programme Project Proposal form and forward it to us at the address given at the bottom of the form. When we receive your proposal, we will be in touch within five working days of receipt to let you know if we would like you to make a full application.

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