Thousands of pounds waiting to be claimed by local groups

Tuesday January 9th 2024

Musselburgh Flood Scheme


Written by Local Democracy Reporter, Marie Sharp

Nearly £150,000 in funding for local causes remains unclaimed with just two months of the year left in East Lothian.

The money made available through the county’s four Common Good Funds is available for local groups, people and clubs who make a positive contribution to their towns. However it has been revealed there is still a huge chunk of the funds’ annual budget left.

East Lothian Council administers the funds for the four former burghs of Musselburgh, Dunbar, North Berwick and Haddington and this year’s overall budget was £174,000 plus an additional £104,000 of unspent cash from the previous year.

But while Musselburgh, which is the county’s largest town has handed out nearly half of the funds in six grants, the other towns payments have remained modest leaving nearly half of the money still available.

Musselburgh Common Good Fund awarded a grant to Musselburgh Rugby of £40,000 to upgrade floodlights as well as £30,000 to The Hollies daycare centre to support its services.

It also granted just over £18,000 to Fisherrow Harbour Association to upgrade ladders and £10,000 to Musselburgh Athletic for new fencing along with £35,710 to support the Musselburgh Festival and £5,000 to Musselburgh Congregational Church to replace unsafe flooring.

Haddington’s Fund has handed out £10,000 in total this year with £3,500 toward a new stand at Haddington Athletic, £2,500 to Thrive who support families, and £2,000 towards the Haddstock Festival.

Grants of £1,000 each were given to community projects Poldrate Arts and Crafts and Friday Friends in Haddington.

The North Berwick Fund’s only grant of the years so far has gone to the community council who received £1,890 towards Christmas lights in the town and Dunbar’s only grant was £514 to youth project TheSpace.

To apply for Common Good Fund grants CLICK HERE.

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