£eith Chooses – Voting is now CLOSED

As advertised, online voting for £eith Chooses projects has closed, at 5pm Saturday 17th March 2018.A huge THANK YOU  to everyone who applied for project funding, who attended the Project Day on 3rd March, who volunteered and helped on the organising team, and also to everyone who has voted.

All votes – from card vote ‘posted’ in the ballot boxes on the day and online since then – will now be counted up. The projects that received the highest number of votes overall, in each of the three ‘grant pots’, will be offered a funding award.

The results will be made public later this coming week – watch this space…!

Online Voting draws to a close soon….

You can vote if you are over 8 years old and you live, work, study or volunteer in Leith.
You can only vote once online (whether or not you voted in person). Click the blue text below to link to the voting site.

To vote you need a special Access Code and a Password. Please note that you can no longer obtain an access code by emailing in, as there is no time left to process them before close of voting. Voter Access Code cards are still available from Leith Library (Ferry Road), and MacDonald Road Library (until libraries close at 5 pm on Saturday, or until the cards run out, whichever is the sooner….). You must provide your name and address and postcode to determine whether you are eligible to vote. That information will be held securely for 31 days and then deleted. See more details of Privacy policy / compliance with Data Protection legislation

You get 4 votes in each of the three pots (small, medium, large). You can only vote once for any particular project. You must use all 4 votes, and hit to CONFIRM each or none of them will count. (You can choose VOTE on projects and then unclick those again if you change your mind, as often as you like, but once you’ve clicked CONFIRM, there’s no going back and undoing votes.)

Update

Online Voting was ‘switched off’ at 5 pm on Saturday 17th March.

Snow

Don’t give up on us because of a drop of snow, we are not easily beaten!  We are still very much hoping to go ahead with Saturday’s Voting Day event, but we have to wait and see what the weather does next and also what City of Edinburgh Council decides about opening / closing it’s buildings and facilities. We promise to let everybody know what’s going on ASAP! 

Voting – Ready, Steady, G………

Hello!
If you’ve come here ready to vote online, there’s good news and bad news….

Good news – right place – you are absolutely in the right place!
This is where you’ll get the link to the voting site.

Bad news  – Wrong time – you are too early (it’s good to be keen, but…)
Voting does not go live until 3 pm on Saturday 3rd March.

Please come back here after that and vote.
To vote, you need a special Access Code and Password- these are printed on special Voter Cards. ‘How to get a Voter Card?’ I hear you ask…  There are various ways:
Best way is to come to the Kirkgate on 3rd March if possible, because that way you get 2 sets of votes. Next best way is to pick one up in one of the Leith libraries (MacDonald Road or Ferry Road) for one set of online votes.

Full details of voting procedures are here

Count down to Voting……..

£eith Chooses has received 67 valid applications for funding, which is an all-time high! 
It shows how many dynamic organisations and individuals, and exciting new ideas there are in Leith. Also, it has to be said, it shows there is a desperate need for money to take projects forward, in these difficult times of cuts and inequalities.

The projects are divided into three separate groups (small, medium and large), so in the vote, projects are only up against others in their group, not the whole 67.

When you come to vote, on 3rd March you’ll find that the three groups are in three different rooms at the Community Centre. You’ll cast 4 card votes in each room.
People who make the effort to come and vote in person get an extra online vote.  (And free drinks and snacks, a great chance to find out about all the project groups, chat to other voters, face painting, glitter tattoos, balloon modelling!)

Prepare to Vote!

We have received many, many applications, and these are being processed and checked right now. With so many great projects applying, some will get funding but  – sadly, inevitably – some will not. So, how is the money allocated? Well, YOU CHOOSE! Please come along on 3rd March and vote for your favourite projects, or vote online.

Apply Now! Come and talk to us!

Do please come along to discuss your ideas for a project, and to make sure you’ve covered everything, in your application.Support sessions are being held as follows:
Mondays: Leith Library, Ferry Road, 12-2 pm and 5-7 pm
Tuesdays; McDonald Road Library, 12-2 pm and 5-7 pm
Wednesdays; Leith Community Centre, 12-2 pm (Persevere Room) and 5-7 pm (Cafe)
Thursdays: The Hub, Restalrig Road, 12-2 pm only.

These will run throughout December and January (but NOT the weeks beginning 25th and 31 December)

SUPPORT SESSIONS FOR APPLICANTS

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.

WHICH £EITH CHOOSES FUND BEST MATCHES YOUR PROJECT’S NEEDS?

You can apply to one of three funds:

  1. Small Grants (up to £500)
  2. Medium grants (£501 – £5,000) constituted groups only
  3. 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.

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT £EITH CHOOSES!

Look through the page tabs along the top and you’ll find the basic ‘need to know’ information about how to apply for funding to £EITH CHOOSES. We’ll be adding to these pages and filling out further details, as time goes along, so please do keep checking in.

If you have any queries, please email contact@leithchooses.net .and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

We’ll also be posting the exact dates, times and venues for Help and Support Sessions through December and January that you can come along to, as often as you wish, for an informal conversation that hopefully will help you to sort out any issues and to get a good application form together.