Local causes to benefit from new project

Launch of CALA Homes Bursary scheme 2018. L-R; Dave Stanbrook (CALA - Senior Sales Manager), Rebecca Perry (CALA - Group CSR Manager), Lewis Hailstone (CALA - Apprentice Site Manager), MAria Aspinal (CALA - Sales Consultant).
Launch of CALA Homes Bursary scheme 2018. L-R; Dave Stanbrook (CALA - Senior Sales Manager), Rebecca Perry (CALA - Group CSR Manager), Lewis Hailstone (CALA - Apprentice Site Manager), MAria Aspinal (CALA - Sales Consultant).

Local charities, schools and good causes across Midlothian could receive a share of £10,000 thanks to a new bursary initiative.

The CALA Homes Community Bursary initiative has now been officially launched within the area for the first time.

The bursary project will be delivered in partnership with the Midlothian Advertiser and is set to benefit local groups and organisations.

The scheme, funded by CALA Homes, aims to provide support for a wide range of organisations and projects. In 2017, 118 good causes across the UK received a share of more than £100,000.

Philip Hogg, sales and marketing director with CALA Homes (East), is happy to give something back to the local communities the company is working in.

He said: “CALA has always been committed to making a positive and lasting contribution to the communities in which it builds, through an active programme of local charity donations, community support and sponsorship.

“The community bursary scheme gives us the chance to find out exactly what support is needed locally and provides the opportunity for charities and groups of all sizes to apply for funds.

“This is the first time we have run the bursary in Midlothian and we’re really looking forward to hearing from local charities, groups and community projects to find out about the great work being done and how CALA can get involved.”

A judging panel will decide recipients of the bursary, consisting of CALA staff from different areas of the business. Janet Bee, news editor at the Midlothian Advertiser, will also join this year’s panel.

Speaking of the application process, Janet, said: “There are so many important community organisations in Midlothian that truly deserve greater recognition and could benefit from the fantastic support that CALA’s community bursary programme offers.

“We are looking forward to launching the bursary in Midlothian and seeing how the money will help benefit the local community.”

You can apply for a share of the community bursary by downloading an application form from the CALA website: www.cala.co.uk/bursary-midlothian. The closing deadline for entries is March 23.