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North Edinburgh: Groups face four-week grants wait

posted 28 Jan 2009, 05:31 by myEdinburgh Admin   [ updated 28 Jan 2009, 05:33 ]
Community groups in North Edinburgh face a four-week wait to find out if they will be saved from council funding cuts.

Dozens of organisations are under threat following changes to the way Fairer Scotland Fund (FSF) grants are distributed around the city.

Traditionally worse-off areas such as the Forth ward, which includes Granton, Muirhouse, Drylaw and Pilton, are losing out to more affluent areas such as the city centre and nearby Almond ward, which covers Cramond and Silverknowes.

City leaders agreed in December to look at alternative sources of funding to try to support the groups, many of which have had to lay off workers due to the uncertainty over funding.

Meetings with the groups have been taking place this month but the full picture for the Forth ward is not expected to be in place until the council's policy and strategy meeting on February 24.

Council leader Jenny Dawe said: "The meetings so far have been productive and our Neighbourhood Team has been working with projects to explore and identify alternative sources of funding and income and opportunities for joint working to harness synergies and efficiencies."

Source: Edinburgh Evening News