£eith Chooses Support Session for Applicants: 20 September

If you are planning to apply to £eith Chooses this year, you are invited to attend a support session on Wednesday 20th September, at Norton Park Conference Centre.

We will go through the application form to make sure everythig is clear, point out frequently made mistakes, and have plenty of time to answer qustions, arrange further support etc. as required.

Please register and sign up by emailing Jade Mooney at leithchooses@edinburgh.gov.uk and please say whether you wish to attend 3-5pm or 5:30-7:30pm
Places are a bit limited (we are in a board room, not the main hall) so please book early, and please let us know if you have to cancel. Many thanks to Norton Park for hosting.


PEOPLE MAKE LEITH £eith Chooses 2023/2024 opens today!

£eith Chooses 2023/2024 is now open for applications! There is £52,000 available for projects of up to £5,000 each.

The theme for £eith Chooses 2023/2024 is – yes, we know Glasgow thought of it first-

How to apply

  • Reflect on the 2023-2024 Theme: People Make Leith
  • Think about what kind of project your organisation would like to offer to the community, within this theme
  • Download and read the 2023-2024 Application Form and Guidance Notes
    • These are available below in DOCX format (for modern word-processors), DOC format (for older word-processors) and PDF (Adobe Acrobat, Apple Preview etc) formats.
  • Formulate your community project and calculate budget 
  • Consult partners, if appropriate. Remember that two or more groups may form a partnership, to best deliver a project that meets the theme.
  • Seek support with your application from the £eithChooses team, if you want
  • Write and submit application

2023-2024 Application Form and Guidance Notes

format Application Form Guidance Notes
DOCX Application form (DOCX format) Guidance notes (DOCX format)
DOC Application form (DOC format) Guidance notes (DOC format)
PDF Application form (PDF format) Guidance notes (PDF format)


  • Applications open – 16 August 2023
  • Support available – sign up for Q & A sessions (September dates to be announced very soon) and / or email in to ask for information or for further personalised support
  • Applications close – 10 October 2023 (any extensions will be announced at the time)
  • Project Gallery available to view online – from 4 January 2024
  • Voting – online 22 January to 4 February 2023, plus an in-person voting day (29 January)
  • Results Announced – early February 2024
  • Funds Disbursed  – on or before 1 April 2024

Contact can be made via: leithchooses@edinburgh.gov.uk

A Community Conversation – come and join!

3rd May – hold the date! The £eith Chooses team invites you to a Leith community ‘away day’ event (free lunch and refreshments).
This one day event will be a chance to network with other local charities and community groups, and to talk about common goals or potential collaborations for £eithChooses or other grant opportunities. Organisations that have applied to £eith Chooses in the past, or that may consider a future application, are invited, as are groups/individuals interested in integrating into, volunteering and supporting the Leith community.

When: Wednesday, May 3 (10am-4pm)
Where: Norton Park Conference Centre

This is not a drop-in day. Please follow the link below to register for the event:

We hope to have a relaxed and sociable ‘get together’ that may in some part help to replace the much-missed £eithChooses Voting day event, cancelled in recent years due to Covid.

It will also be an opportunity for the £eithChooses steering group and Edinburgh Council to hear from you about whether/how £eithChooses is working for you. We’d love to get feedback on this year’s vote. Your experience and knowledge of the needs of Leith can also feed into next year’s voting themes.

The day is supported by funding from


Votes are being counted

£eith Chooses voting has now closed and vote counting is in progress. Results will be announced as soon as possible, in the next couple of weeks.

Many thanks to all who took the trouble to vote, you have done a good thing, for the benefit of the community in Leith.

Voting is open now!

£eith Chooses voting is OPEN NOW! Please vote, and please pass the word around!

How do I vote?

Easiest for many people is to vote online at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/voteleithchooses

Otherwise, pick up a paper voting paper at  any of the places listed below. (You can collect a voting form for someone else, but please do not photocopy forms, as each is invidually marked.) You can fill it in and deposit your vote on the spot there, or take a postage paid envelope and post it later.

McDonald Road Library
2-8 McDonald Road
Leith Library
28-30 Ferry Road
41 Newkirkgate
Out of the Blue Drill Hall
36 Dalmeny Street
The Wee Hub (The Living Memory Association)
1st floor (former Debenhams)
Ocean Terminal shopping centre
74 Ocean Drive


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.

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.


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.

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.