A new donation to £eith Chooses – thank you Port of Leith Housing Association!

£eith Chooses 2022-2023 opened this week and the best news possible just came in a day later – a very generous donation of £3,000 from Port of Leith Housing Association. Thank you PoLHA!
   
This new donation bumps the grant pot up to a total of £49,102, which means that more projects can be funded.

Hope your project ideas are flowing – now is the time to get started on your application!

Sustaining Leith: supporting and protecting the most vulnerable in our community

£eith Chooses 2022-2023 is open!

£eith Chooses 2022-2023 is opening earlier this year – it is open for applications NOW!

Applications for projects up to £5,000 will be accepted from 1st August 2022 until the end of September 2022. Please download the Guidance Notes and an Application Form here (choose whichever is your preferred format, below), and start working on your application straightaway.

Format Application form Guidance notes
DOC (older versions of Word) Application form Guidance notes
DOCX (newer versions of Word) Application form Guidance notes
PDF Application form Guidance notes

Project applications should align with this year’s theme: Sustaining Leith: supporting and protecting the most vulnerable in our community.If you feel you would like to discuss your ideas, or need some help or advice with your application, please get in touch and a member of the Steering Group will make contact with you to offer support. Email: caroline.lamond@edinburgh.gov.uk

Why so early this year? We know from feedback from applicants in the past that it can be an uncomfortable struggle to be finishing off an application at the tail end of the year, just as Christmas is approaching, so moving everything a bit earlier is an attempt to remove that barrier. Voting will be in January 2023.

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.
THE ABOVE PROJECTS WILL RECEIVE ALL OF THE FUNDING THAT THEY APPLIED FOR.

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

£772

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

 

Gallery of Projects available to view

UPDATE

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.

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.

2021-22 Application forms and Guidance Notes now available!

Applications are NOW OPEN,for the 2021-2022 £eith Chooses process. There is £44,102 available from City of Edinburgh Community Grants Fund, supplemented by a further £5,000 donation from Port of Leith Housing Association. Community Groups can apply for up to £5,000.

This year’s theme is:

Reconnecting in Leith:
Nourishment, Creativity, Sustainability

If you are a constituted community group with your own bank account, and are thinking of a project that would benefit the community in Leith, please download and fill in an Application Form, and Guidance Notes, from the links below.

format Application form Guidance notes
DOC (older versions of Word) Application form Guidance notes
DOCX (newer versions of Word) Application form Guidance notes
PDF Application form Guidance notes

There will be an online (Zoom) general Q & A session about applying to £eith Chooses on Tuesday 7 September 2021, at 6:30pm. This may be particularly useful for new groups that have not applied before.  Register to attend via Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/eithchooses-2021-22-applications-qa-tickets-168847432215

Further information and support (private discussions) for applicants will be also available on an ongoing basis, as requested,
Contact: caroline.lamond@edinburgh,gov.uk

What do YOU think?

Please will you take a few minutes to fill in this short survey about the £eith Chooses experience, 2021?

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/leithch2021

The £eith Chooses Steering Group is keen to collect feedback from everybody in the community after each participatory budgeting event, We want to hear your views. The survey will run until the end of March.

 

 

 

Apply for up to £5,000

Applications are being accepted NOW for £eith Chooses 2021.

Check out the details, download a form nowSend it in by 11th December 2020.

If you need further information / advice, email caroline.lamond@edinburgh.gov.uk

£EITH CHOOSES 2021 – how will it work?

During this Covid crisis, safety must come first. The £eith Chooses / Community Grant money allocation process will be different this year – but we want as many people and organisations in Leith as possible to have a say in how the process is carried out.

Please click on this link, https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LeithChooses2021 and complete the short survey.

Only constituted organisations that benefit the Leith community can apply for a project grant, but everybody can have a say in how they think things should be run.

Please respond by Monday 28th September 2020

If you are representing an organisation, please fill in the organisation’s contact details in the survey.

If you are responding as an individual, we won’t keep your data (Data Protection rules) so if you want to follow up and volunteer to play a part on the £eith Chooses process, please email  caroline.lamond@edinburgh.gov.uk

Thank you
The £eith Chooses team

Helping to bridge the digital divide

In these extraordinary times, the £eithChooses Steering Group has been thinking about the ‘digital divide’ that separates those who can from those who can’t benefit from modern technology. We have put together a short paper – £eithChooses Tech Guide which provides some basic guidelines to help charities and community groups to avoid wasting valuable resources and to deliver the most useful support to their service users.

Many people in Leith are unable to access the internet and so cannot benefit from online resources due to a lack of money to buy their own computer/laptop/tablet/smartphone, or pay for internet connections. Or they are cut off by a lack of knowledge and skills, or a lack of training and support. With the schools, libraries and other public resources closed, currently, and no staff to assist, they are doubly excluded. Being on the wrong side of the ‘digital divide’ is both a result of inequality and a cause of additional inequality.

Children in this situation lose out educationally at the best of times, and especially currently while the schools are closed, with teaching and learning moving online. Even when the schools reopen in August, it is likely that a proportion of education will continue online.

Many charities and community groups in Leith are very aware of this area of need and are trying to help, in various ways.

But before buying technology for someone, it’s important to check (1) whether they could benefit from funding through one of the government or local authority schemes, and (2) that the right technology is being bought. Nobody wants to waste money or effort getting the wrong thing, or something that won’t do the job it is needed for.

If you feel it could be useful, please download and pass the paper on to any of your colleagues, staff and service users, as you feel appropriate. The paper includes easy to read information on:

  • Help with funding & Funding for education
  • What technology to get?
  • Access to the internet
  • Tablets – iPads – Cheap tablets
  • Laptops
  • Smartphones

Download here:

£eith Chooses Tech Guide V1

£eithChooses Introduction page for charities and community groups 

Please note that the information and advice contained in the paper is offered in good faith, but may not be appropriate in all circumstances. It is obviously wise to also ask for advice from others who may be familiar with the buyer/user’s needs, and to ask the supplier to confirm that the item is suitable for the particular circumstances of the purchaser. It is also wise to get a receipt from the supplier, and ideally a warranty for the equipment. £eithChooses cannot be held liable for any consequences of equipment purchase.