East Lothian Community groups invited to bid for grants from £200k fund

Monday July 31st 2023


Written by Local Democracy Reporter, Marie Sharp

Community groups in East Lothian are being given the chance to win a share of more than £200,000 in levelling up funds for future projects.

East Lothian Council has launched a new grant scheme which will support local groups and organisations who want to develop future proposals for their local areas.

Applications for grants of up to £3,000 each can be made between now and the end of August to the UKSPF Regeneration Project Development .

The fund has been developed through the UK Government’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) as part of its ‘Levelling Up’ agenda and saw £207,000 set aside for community support.

It will provide financial support to allow community groups and organisations to appoint specialist consultants or undertake development services for the initial stages of potential future capital projects.

The council said the principal aim of the fund is to remove some of the barriers faced by community groups and organisations when developing ‘good ideas’ into projects as they seek to move them forward.

The supported projects must be able to demonstrate how the development funding will assist with the delivery of the wider capital project aims, including the vision for the long term benefits for the local communities and wider East Lothian population.

A maximum grant of £3,000 will be available per community group or organisation towards project development costs.

Applications need to be submitted by 5pm on Friday, August 25, with further information available on the council website.

East Lothian Council received just over £4 million from the UKSPF to be used over a three year period with just over £816,000 allocated for the current year’s projects in total.

The funding is shared among councils across the UK and includes a percentage towards adult numeracy support project Multiply.

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