The £eith Chooses team is of course very aware that normal service delivery and activities have been massively disrupted, for everybody. We have contacted all the community groups that won £eith Chooses grant funding awards in February 2020, to say that we would like to help in whatever way we can.
We understand that some organisations may not be able to deliver their project exactly when and how they had planned to, and that some really creative conversations will take place about possible /necessary adaptations.
We have allocated a named volunteer from the £eith Chooses Steering Group to link supportively with each project group, to join conversations about the direction groups feel they can safely take with their project, to reach the most vulnerable members of our community..
We are hoping that all groups can agree a plan before / by 28 June about how they will be able to use the funding within the spirit of the original agreement.
For example, project groups may aim to –
- Stick pretty much to the original idea but tweak the delivery methods e.g. food going out to people rather than people coming to gatherings for food.
- Deliver the original project idea but with a later start date (probably affecting the finish date).
- Re-prioritise / redesign their original plan and suggest a new project idea that combats social isolation or food poverty right now, in this Covid-19 crisis.
Hopefully groups will not feel that their project cannot be rescheduled or tweaked or revamped in some way and want to return the funding.
Meanwhile, thanks and best wishes to all groups for everything they are doing in Leith
The following groups / projects have received the largest number of votes from the Leith community, and will receive funding through £eith Chooses 2020, for projects
fighting hunger and/or loneliness. The total amount allocated is £44,624.
The figure below, per group, is the amount the group applied for
|Multicultural Family Base
|NE Edinburgh Foodbank
|Citadel Youth Centre
|Leith DIY Skateparks
|Pilmeny Dev. Project
|Dr Bells Family Centre
||£3,556 (partial funding)
Congratulations! These projects will benefit the Leith community in many different ways, through the energy, work and commitment of the great project teams listed above.
Sadly, not everybody can be successful. The groups and projects whose names do not appear above did not win funding on this occasion.This is no reflection on the quality of their projects, which were all excellent, but just that, unfortunately, there is never enough money available. The £eith Chooses team is as upset about this as the project groups must be. Thank you for participating.
Any project applicants who wish private feedback on their application, votes received etc. are most welcome to email in for this information to Caroline.Lamond@edinburgh.gov.uk
There will be an open ‘Feedback’ discussion session on Tuesday 10 March, at 6:30 pm in the Leith Community Centre cafe, to review and evaluate all/any aspects of the 2020 £eith Chooses process. All welcome, and all views and contributions will be listened to and taken on board for future events. Do come along!
Come to the cafe at Leith Community Centre at 6pm for ‘Awards Night’ or check online after 8pm to find out which groups/projects will receive funding through £eith Chooses 2020.
A huge ‘thank yu’ to everyone who contributed to making £eith Chooses Voting event such a great day, on Saturday. Organisers, project applicants and teams, volunteers, and of course, voters! It all came together in a lovely, buzzy community day when we could find out about all the fantastic charities and groups that work in Leith, for the benefit of our local community.
So the voted are all cast, and are now being counted. The results will be announced on Tuesday 18th February (after half-term, to make sure nobody misses it!).
Please get in touch if you are interested in helping out at the Voting Day – it is great fun!
Short briefing sessions for volunteers at the £eith Chooses Voting Day will be held at 6pm on Tuesday 28 and Thursday 30 in Leith Community Centre cafe (come to one or the other, not both)
Or ask for written briefing paper.
Volunteers should come along on Voting Day between 9:30 and 10 am
PS You can volunteer AND vote!
Saturday 1st February is the Voting Day for £eith Chooses. Please come along and support the community projects that you feel will best help to fight hunger and/or loneliness in Leith.
£eith Chooses is open for applications now for new 1 year community projects that aim:
- to fight loneliness and social isolation in the Leith community.
- to fight hunger and food poverty in Leith.
One or the other. Or both together.
The deadline date is 6th January 2020. (Forms that are emailed in or posted between now and then may not be acknowledged immediately because of the holiday period, but their date will be noted.) You will be contacted asap after 6th January.
Do you have a project idea? Project costs need to be no more than £5,000 (unless you can prove you have the additional funding in place to cover higher costs). But you should just apply for what you need. Application forms here
Key contact is firstname.lastname@example.org
£eith Chooses is accepting applications now for new 1 year community projects that aim to fight loneliness and social isolation in the Leith community. Or to fight hunger and food poverty in Leith.
One or the other. Or both together.
Do you have a project idea? Project costs need to be no more than £5,000 (unless you can prove you have the additional funding in place to cover higher costs). But you should just apply for what you need.
Please get your application as early as you can. The deadline date is 6th January – it’s best not to leave it all until the last minute.
If you want to talk over your idea and check on details to make sure it’s eligible, before submitting your application, do come along to a support session on Wednesday 11th December at MacDonald Road Library (downstairs in Business Hub) between 3 pm and 7pm
or email email@example.com
Applying to the £eith Chooses fund is more of a ‘process’ than one-off act.
- You will be thinking about projects you / your group are keen to put into practice.
- Have a read of the Themes, the Rules and the Guidance , so your project will ‘fit’.
- Think about how much it might all cost and therefore which ‘pot’ of money you think you should apply to.
- Come and talk to us about it! This is a chance for you to ask questions; ‘brainstorm ‘ about how best to frame and present your application; and to get help, if you need it, with developing a Constitution and getting a bank account (not required for Small grants, but necessary for Medium & Large grants). It can be useful to use other people, who are slightly more detached, as a ‘sounding board’ for shaping ideas.
Our Help and Support Sessions are running through December and January (with a wee break for Christmas and New Year holidays). These are very informal. Their aim is simply to encourage groups to apply, and to provide whatever support is needed. They are taking place as follows:
Mondays – Leith Library (Ferry Road) 12-2 pm and 5-7pm
Tuesdays – MacDonald Road Library 12-2 pm and 5-7pm
Wednesdays – Community Centre, Newkirkgate 12-2 pm (Persevere Room) and 5-7pm (cafe)
Thursdays – The Hub, Restalrig Road 12-2 pm only
If you start having a conversation in one of these places with a particular person /team, it makes sense to go back to continue the conversation with the same people, in the same place.
You can apply to one of three funds:
- Small Grants (up to £500)
- Medium grants (£501 – £5,000) constituted groups only
- Large Grants (£5,001 – £10,000) constituted groups only
You don’t have to apply for the maximum amount, just what you estimate your project will need.