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Grant awards help city groups make their mark

Grants have been awarded by the University to local groups seeking to make greater impact across the city.

Children playing in a school playground

Projects that will benefit include a creative play centre for disabled children, an arts and wellbeing project for young people and a group that offers bereavement counselling.

Also receiving funding is a community group that has restored a small council park and a University-based arts collective.

Social impact

Successful projects must seek to make a positive social impact, create learning opportunities and increase engagement between the University and local communities.

The Yard Adventure Centre aims to increase a range of opportunities for disabled children under the age of five. It seeks to build confidence, self-esteem and reduce social isolation through play.

Be:Longing Arts and Wellbeing Project caters helps young people in the Wester Hailes area of Edinburgh dealing with issues of identity, racism, belonging and social activism.

Accessible service

Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland is aiming to train 10 supervisors, who will then oversee 20 counsellors, who will provide an accessible, community-based bereavement counselling service.

Friends of Starbank Park is offering children the chance to learn about growing a variety of plants and flowers. Funding will be used to investigate how recyclable materials can help plant growth.

Edinburgh University Black Arts Collective is staging an exhibition featuring painting, video work, performance, textiles, sculpture and written word of black artists in Edinburgh.

Sustainable initiatives

The Edinburgh Local Community Grants scheme distributes up to £5,000 per project to help develop community activities and sustainable initiatives. 

The scheme has awarded some £180,000 to more than 40 projects in Edinburgh and its surrounding areas since October 2017.

Previous recipients of community grants include a student-run clinic offering free veterinary care for pets of homeless people.

Projects benefit

Other beneficiaries include a sustainable beekeeping project helping vulnerable young people, and a charity supporting women suffering from domestic abuse, poverty and poor mental health.

Applications for grants are invited from not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises in Edinburgh, Fife, the Lothians, and the Scottish Borders.

We are delighted to award funding to these deserving groups and support local people’s vision for a better Edinburgh, strengthening links between the University and the city.

Professor Lesley McAraAssistant Principal Community Relations

We will use this generous donation to buy equipment that will make our play space even more exciting for the children, and will help them with their dexterity and movement.

Danielle CampbellPlay team leader at The Yard

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