Gentle Reminder – please complete our wee survey?

Please remember to fill in the short feedback survey about the recent £eith Chooses event, and to flag up any any ideas for next year’s theme and event. The survey is open until 13th April.

We do listen very carefully!

Reflecting on £eith Chooses 2022

What’s going on at £eith Chooses HQ these days?

We would like to know what everyone thinks about the recent £eith Chooses event, and any ideas for next year’s theme and event. Please will you contribute your thoughts via this very short and straightforward survey open until 13th April.

We do listen very carefully!

Otherwise – those groups that successfully won funding are seeing the cash dropping into their bank accounts . For many, the process is complete. For a few, there may still be ‘paperwork’ issues but this should all be sorted by the end of March (end of financial year), so please make sure you’ve answered any outstanding emails.

Onwards and upwards, Leith!

2022 Awards

The following groups will receive funding as a result of the £eith Chooses 2022 voting. Congratulations to all, and we look forward to seeing your projects develop and benefit the community in Leith over the coming year.

Commiserations to those groups that were not successful this year. Please don’t be too discouraged. Your participation is really valued, and we hope that as more people become aware of your work, perhaps your time will come next year.

PROJECT Outcome Project is about…
Citadel Youth Centre fully funded Reconnecting kids / parents / carers /community and nature through a programme of outdoor activities.
Cyrenians fully funded Linking young people and celebrating diverse cultural backgrounds, through a food & stories event.
Dr Bells Family Centre fully funded Linking young children and parents from many different cultures through cooking, eating and playing together, as part of summer activity scheme.
Edinburgh Community Food fully funded Supporting older and elderly members of the community with delivery of nutritionally balanced food hampers, and with community meals and film events.
Edinburgh & Lothians Regional Equality Council (ELREC) fully funded Fighting loneliness and promoting inclusion, health and wellbeing through outdoor group walks and painting workshops.
The Edinburgh Remakery fully funded Regular social groups, connecting people though creativity, craft and recycling and repurposing
Hibernian Community Foundation fully funded Free lunch club, fortnightly for one year, reconnecting folk in Leith.
Homestart Leith & NE Edinburgh fully funded Garden group for young children and their parents, playing, eating and gardening  / growing veg. together and building friendships and support.
House of Jack fully funded Free and fun weekly dance socials for older people, to fight loneliness, support rehabilitation following illness or injury,  and promote mobility, strength and balance.
LeithLate fully funded Bringing folk together to celebrate Leith’s community spirit, working together on how to renew the Leith History Mural, and documenting / filming as the process develops.
LifeCare Edinburgh fully funded Free nutritious hot meals delivered to isolated older people across Leith , providing a regular friendly visit and  ‘check-in’ service.
MILAN fully funded Helping elderly Leithers from Asian backgrounds access MILAN services  (groups, food, activities).
NEPAL Scotland Association fully funded Taekwondo lessons for BAME groups (and wider Leith community) for healthy and active living, mental health, community and well-being.

THERE IS, HOWEVER ONE MORE PROJECT THAT WILL BE AWARDED PARTIAL FUNDING (subject to confirmation from them that they would be willing to accept this)

Citadel Arts Partially funded


Drama group for young people, developing skills and confidence, linking with adult writing group, leading to local performances.


£eith Chooses Votes are in

Voting has closed on £eith Chooses 2022 and the votes are being counted and checked as we speak. Many thanks to all who participated.

The results will be announced on Tuesday15th February 2022, at 6:30pm online, via a Teams meeting. We will learn then which of the projects applying for funding were successful, on the basis of the number of votes they received.

This is a public meeting, open to all. Invitations have gone out by email to all the groups that applied for funding, but if you have not yet received a personal invitation by email and would like to attend, please request the link from

Following that meeting, of course, the results will be posted here and shared via social media.

Applicants who have been awarded funding will receive an email from the Council with instructions about how to claim the funds.

Applicants who have not been awarded funding this time round will be urged not to feel too despondent and not to give up. Sometimes ‘appearing ‘ as part of £eith Chooses is a useful step to getting your group better known in the community and therefore likely to attract more support in the future. We will also provide links to any other sources of possible funding that we come across, to try and help groups with fund-raising.



£eith Chooses voting is live now!

Online voting is open NOW until 31 January. You can read about the 20 projects applying for funding to £eith Chooses, and vote at

You can vote from any smart phone, tablet or computer. People with no access to technology can vote at the Utilita Energy Hub in the NewKirkgate, during office hours. You can read more about the voting process here.

Gallery of Projects available to view


Online voting will open on Monday 24 January, until 31 January. You can vote from any smart phone or computer, we will post the link here as soon as it’s live.

Thanks to a very generous last minute offer from Utilita – anyone who can’t vote online can go into the Utilita Energy Hub shop in the New Kirkgate any day next week and get help to vote there. Staff and a member of the £eith Chooses Steering Group will be on hand to support voters. 

The 20 projects that are applying to £eith Chooses 2021 – 2022 for funding are now all available (listed in alphabetical order) for public viewing. Please read the project summaries here and start thinking about which three (four, if you use your Boost Vote, which we hope you will) you’d like to vote for, when voting opens on 24rth January.

£eith Chooses: voting coming soon!

”So what’s happening with £eith Chooses?” you may be asking. Well, 20 interesting and worthwhile community projects have been put forward, and the Leith Chooses Christmas elves have been busily working away in the background to get all the information up on the website for you to look through and think about, before you vote. This will go live for your delectation on Monday 10th January, so please come back here and check in then! Online voting will then open on Monday 24 January.

Applications now closed – Acknowledgments will follow soon

The window for applying to £eith Chooses 2021 /22 closes today. Thank you to all who have applied. Please don’t worry if you do not receive an immediate acknowledgment / response to your application. City of Edinburgh Council IT systems are having a bad week, it seems, at least in this particular neck of the woods. Hopefully normal service will be resumed shortly, and you will hear back from £eith Chooses very soon.

STOP PRESS – Deadline extended!

The deadline has been extended by one week, until 12 noon on Wednesday 9th December, for applications to £eith Chooses. If you’ve got a community project idea – send it in and give it a whirl! Remember that we have an extra £10,000 this year on top of the Council’s £46K, so there’s room for more projects to squeeze in before the final project outlines go up on the online gallery. If you are still preparing a final report for a previous grant, speak to

BEYOND the last minute…

The deadline for applications is now upon us. Here’s your VERY last chance….if you have a project idea and an application partly completed, but still some details / documents to pull together, don’t panic just yet. Please get in touch with immediately. We MAY be able to take your draft application and advise you on the final touches needed, if these can be achieved over the next few days.

This year’s theme is:

Reconnecting in Leith:
Nourishment, Creativity, Sustainability

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