Council creates new community grant scheme

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Midlothian Council has agreed a formal arrangement to target small grants at more deprived communities in Gorebridge, Dalkeith and Mayfield.

At a recent council meeting, councillors approved a recommendation to ring fence money and let local organisations and residents in those communities decide how it should be spent from 2017/18 onwards.

​Council Leader Catherine Johnstone (SNP) said: “To help improve health, learning and the poverty gap in the prioritised areas, we feel it is beneficial to reallocate the £40,000 previously used for one of the four funding streams in our small grants programme – dealing with poverty. That money will, for the 2017/18 financial year onwards, be available for grants of between £100 and £3000 specifically aimed at the Gorebridge, Dalkeith and Mayfield communities.

“We want local people to have more say in how money is spent locally so our officers will be able to help with funding applications for projects that are important to our residents,” she said.

For more information on applying: Developing Communities/Poverty Streams contact Stephen Bermingham by emailing (0131 271 3338).

Health and Physical Activity Stream – Tony Malone, (0131 561 6501).

Employability, Learning & Training Stream – Karen McGowan, (0131 271 3708).

If you are a local group looking for support or advice with your application please contact Midlothian Voluntary Action – Lesley Kelly, (0131 663 9471).