Community groups can now apply for grant funding from East Lothian Council to help support their community resilience efforts as the COVID-19 pandemic challenges continue
One Council Partnership Funding is an annual revenue grant which can help cover the running costs and volunteer expenses for community projects, charities and third sector organisations.
Examples of some of the projects which have received One Council Partnership Funding include Heavy Sound, East Lothian Foodbank, The Ridge in Dunbar, Recharge in Tranent and the North Berwick Youth Project.
Our overarching aim, as set out in the Council Plan, is to tackle inequalities. Due to the impact of COVID-19, applicants seeking grant funding for 2021-22 will be required to prioritise at least one of the following themes:
- Promoting digital inclusion
- Addressing domestic abuse
- Supporting vulnerable children and young people
- Reducing poverty, including food initiatives
- Mental health and well-being, including social isolation
- Supporting volunteering
Councillor Jim Goodfellow, Cabinet Spokesperson for Community Wellbeing, said:
"I’m pleased to announce the launch of this next round of Council funding for community groups for 2021/22. We have seen this year more than ever, the real difference volunteers and community groups can make. Many of the organisations which have received One Council Partnership Funding have played a vital role in helping people affected by COVID during this challenging time."
The closing date for submitting applications is Monday, 30 November.
Information about other funding sources available to community organisations can be found on VCEL’s website.