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£20k available to new groups to tackle local issues

posted 30 Mar 2010, 10:42 by myEdinburgh Admin

our community our future

People concerned about issues affecting them and others in their community could now get help from the Scottish Community Foundation to have their voices heard by Scotland’s decision makers.

The Scottish Community Foundation’s Our Community Our Future initiative – funded by Big Lottery - is offering mentoring to new groups of motivated community members to explore a local issue. A budget of up to £20,000 is available per group to get local people involved in improving their communities; build skills, connections and confidence, and develop a plan of action to start making a lasting difference.

Nick Addington, the Foundation’s grants director, explained: “The emphasis is on communities coming together to achieve positive change. For example, you may want to help your community have its say on how local assets and resources are used, or how services are delivered. Perhaps you’re concerned about threats to the sustainability of your local community, changes to the environment, or the local economy. Our staff will work with small groups of people for about a year, to help them start tackling issues that matter to them.”

The Foundation is currently inviting expressions of interest from possible participants anywhere in Scotland. Groups of at least four people can apply, though they don’t need to be formally set up as a group or organisation. For more information, see the website  Expressions of Interest must be received by 30 April 2010.