Covid-19 Partnerships Fund

Supporting Edinburgh

Support our community grants scheme to help those who are hardest hit by the effects of the pandemic.

We love our city and its people, and we want to do what we can to make a positive difference to the local community we’re proud to be a part of.  

We share concern that effects of the Covid-19 pandemic will hit the most vulnerable in the community the hardest, so we are significantly expanding our community grants scheme to help.  

Covid-19 emergency food packages
Supported by the Community Grants Scheme, the Venchie Project delivers emergency food packages throughout Edinburgh.

Since 2017 the University has worked with more than 40 partners through its Edinburgh Local Community Grants scheme. With input and support from the Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations’ Council (EVOC) the University has provided funding to local social enterprises and charities - including many run by Edinburgh students - working with vulnerable groups.  

Prioritising those hardest hit by Covid-19

Our next grant round will prioritise flexible funding for social enterprises and charities working with the people most severely affected by the pandemic. For example: 

  • Food banks 

  • Support for young people 

  • Women’s refuges 

  • Homelessness services 

The University’s support extends to providing volunteers to groups from our staff and student community, access to advice from our experts, and access to equipment or facilities.  

Making a difference

Your support can help us reach the grass-roots organisations that are often delivering real impact on the ground. With further support we can expand this grant scheme to help more local charities deliver much-needed support to more people.  

As the Covid-19 crisis unfolds, money raised by this fund may cover wider forms of community support and engagement for Edinburgh's most vulnerable. 

  • A donation of £3.50 would provide a WiFi dongle to help a local household access the internet.
  • £10 will pay for a hot cooked meal to be prepared, packaged and delivered to a local family in need.
  • £50 contribution will help fund petrol costs for projects delivering food and other essentials. 
  • With £200 you could supply a laptop or tablet to a family who need to access schoolwork or support. 

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Get in touch

If you would like to find out how gifts of all levels can make a real difference to our partnerships in the community, please get in touch with David Haines, Head of Philanthropy, University Programmes (currently on paternity leave) or Neil Burns, Senior Philanthropy Officer.