£1,000 grants up for grabs

Midlothian: Community groups and voluntary organisations are invited to apply for a grant to fund their activities and running costs.

Up to £1,000 may be awarded to small groups which make a vital difference within their communities.

Formerly known as the Community Chest programme, it has proved so successful in recent years it is being extended for another year.

Groups may also be eligible for free training.

Applications should be made by the deadlines of July 16, September 17 and January 14.

For information go to www.vaf.org.uk or call 01383 620 780.