CALA Homes Community Bursary, supported by the Midlothian Advertiser, re-launches for local causes in need

CALA Homes has once again launched its Community Bursary initiative, with £5000 available to help support local charities and community groups in Midlothian.

Friday, 26th March 2021, 2:22 pm
Roslin Men's Shed, a previous recipient of the CALA bursary.

With the housebuilder’s 2020 bursary scheme paused last year as a result of the March lockdown, CALA is now pleased to be able to re-launch it, supported by the Advertiser, giving close consideration to groups whose situation and needs may have been impacted by the pandemic.

Craig Lynes, managing director of CALA Homes (East), said: “We launched our bursary as normal last year, but before we had the chance to choose the recipients we were in lockdown, and with the disruption which followed were unable to progress with the next stage of the bursary.

“The pandemic has impacted our lives beyond what we could have imagined. As such, we understand that the funding requirements of local groups and charities may well have altered.

"By relaunching now, we can give previous applicants the chance to tell us how their needs have changed in light of Covid-19.

“For those groups who either were not previously aware of our Community Bursary or didn’t need the support this time last year, we are offering the opportunity to now also submit an application.”

Since the Community Bursary launched in 2015, 26 good causes in Midlothian have benefited, including Roslin and Bilston Community First Responders, Beeslack Lifesaving Club and Loanhead Housebound Group.

Craig added: “A real priority at CALA is to make a positive and lasting contribution to the communities in which we build. That’s never been more relevant than now.

"We’re delighted to relaunch our bursary initiative in Midlothian and especially to help causes that have been hit hard by the pandemic.

"We look forward to hearing about the great work being undertaken in the community and how we can support it.”

Local charities, schools, community groups and good causes in the area are invited to apply for a share of the funding and the CALA team will reach out to everyone who applied in 2020 to encourage them to update their applications based on new needs and challenges.

Sign up at www.cala.co.uk/bursary. Applications close on Friday, April 16.