Midlothian groups get their teeth into funding

Funding is available for healthy food projects
Funding is available for healthy food projects

Midlothian Council, working alongside NHS Lothian, has launched an innovative participatory budgeting project called ‘Food, Glorious Food’.

The aim of the project is to close the outcome gap in health, learning, and economic circumstances, and enables residents to have direct involvement in the allocation of resources within their own community.

A total of £16,000 is being made available for three local areas to improve health through promoting healthy eating, supporting community growing schemes and other food related activities.

Mayfield and Easthouses groups can apply for up to £1000 while Woodburn/Dalkeith-based groups are eligible for up to £2500. Gorebridge groups can apply for up to £3000.

Mayfield and Easthouses applications for funding must be received by Friday, April 23. Groups submitting applications can get support in Mayfield Library on Tuesday, March 21 from 2pm to 4pm, or Thursday, March 23 from 4pm to 6pm, or by contacting Paul Johnson on 0131 270 5675.

Woodburn/Dalkeith applications for funding must be received by Wednesday, April 3. Groups can discuss their applications at a support session meeting on Wednesday, March 15 from 6pm to 8pm in the MARC building, Woodburn Road or by contacting Derek Welsh on 0131 271 3452.

Gorebridge residents will decide which groups will receive funding at a ‘decision day’ event held from 1pm to 3pm at Gorebridge Parish Church Hall on Sunday, March 25. Refreshments will be provided.

For further information about these projects, email PBGrants@midlothian.gov.uk or go to www.midlothian.gov.uk and search for ‘Participatory Budgeting’.o visit Midlothian in future.”