Turn2Us has 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 some short term help for themselves and their families.
Now, with the launch of our Edinburgh Trust Community Programme, funding is available to support new and innovative community projects that can provide more lasting and longer term positive impact 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
The programme is 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 evaluation taking place along the way.
The proposed project must have very clear aims and objectives.
The project must also show how it will be kept going when our funding ends as well as ideas on how the project might be scaled up and replicated in other communities or areas of Edinburgh.
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When considering each application, the programme will be looking to see if the project ideas fit in with one of the following categories, which are recognised as being recommended routes out of poverty.
- 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.
Who can apply?
Applications are welcome 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.
Existing projects will not be eligible for funding.
- 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 priorites above
- You know your community – you have identified a real need that your project will help address
- 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 are now open and close on Friday 21 April 2017 at 17:00.
We will be inviting shortlisted applicants to come and meet with us and talk about their projects in a date to be confirmed in May 2017.
“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’re itching to test out.” Hannah Lawson, Edinburgh Trust
“We are incredibly proud of the support we’ve been able to offer to the people of Edinburgh over the past few years through the Edinburgh Trust, so we’re thrilled to now have the opportunity to broaden the reach and scope of that support through the new Community Programme.” Alison Taylor, Turn2us Director of Operations