Support for community groups seeking council funding

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Are you part of a community group in Midlothian? Do you have an idea for a project that could improve the lives of local people? If the answer’s yes, your group could be eligible for grant funding of up to £3,000 from Midlothian Council.

The funding, for projects in 2017/18, is to help community groups, charities and social enterprises improve the quality of life of people living in Midlothian. Projects must demonstrate that they will support a community as a geographical area or as a community of interest.

Three different funding streams are available, Developing Communities; Health and Physical Activity; Employability, Learning and Training. Applications can be made to more than one stream.

Gala day funding for 2017/18 is not provided under this small grants programme. However, organisers will receive separate information about the funding process for galas and festivals.

​“Local groups and volunteers already play a vital role in supporting Midlothian’s communities,” said council leader, Councillor Cath Johnstone. “This small grant programme will help support them in taking forward projects which can make a real difference to the lives of people living in the area. I would encourage every local group to think about what more they could do and to apply for funding to help take their ideas forward.”

You can download an application pack for small grant funding now at www.midlothian.gov.uk/funding or if you would like further details, contact Midlothian Council by email at grants@midlothian.gov.uk or call 0131 270 6765. Applications for 2017/18 must be submitted by Friday, October 7.

​Grant surgery drop-in sessions have also been arranged to provide assistance with applications. These will be held on Wednesday, September 7 from 5pm-7pm at Mayfield & Easthouses Development Trust; Tuesday, September 13 from 5pm-7pm at Midlothian Voluntary Action, White Hart Street, Dalkeith; Wednesday, September 14 from 2pm-4pm at Penicuik Town Hall; Tuesday, September 20 from 2pm-4pm at Lasswade Library, and Tuesday, September 27 from 5pm-7pm at Gorebridge Library.