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.

£eith Chooses 2022-2023

Yes, amazingly, it’s almost that time again…….

The Theme for the next £eith Chooses process is –

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

We hope this inspires you, and that ideas might swill gently around in your heads over the summer. Then, applications  for funding (up to £5,000) for projects that address this theme will be invited and accepted in August / September.

£eith Chooses Steering Group, anyone?

We would like to invite new people to join the £eith Chooses Steering Group, whether for a longer or a shorter period, to bring new ideas and new energies to the process and to try to ensure that different aspects of the local community are as well represented as possible. Could this be you?

This is a voluntary position. You need to be someone who lives, works, volunteers, or studies in Leith. We are looking for ‘working members’  – that is, people who have time to attend meetings fairly regularly (mostly online currently), and to contribute actively. You could ask to attend a couple of meetings as an ‘observer’ if you’d like to learn more about how it all operates.

Please get in touch if you are interested. Email: secretary@leithlinkscc.org.uk

 

£eith Chooses Steering Group, anyone?

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We would like to invite new people to join the £eith Chooses Steering Group, whether for a longer or a shorter period, to bring new ideas and new energies to the process and to try to ensure that different aspects of the local community are as well represented as possible. Could this be you?

The Steering Group runs the annual £eith Chooses event, which facilitates the distribution of community grant funding locally, via a voting process that tries to involve as many Leith community members as possible in learning about local charities and community groups and their work, and voting for their favourite causes. Local democracy in action!

The Steering Group is chaired by elected Leith Walk Councillor Susan Rae and is made up of volunteers from local Community Councils, and from the community in general, and a member of Council staff. There has been a small but solid ‘core’ of experienced members for a few years, and a number of others who have come for a shorter time and given invaluable help, but have not stayed long term. You would be eligible to join if you are – just like for the voting – someone who lives, works, volunteers, or studies in Leith. We are looking for ‘working members’  – that is, people who have time to attend meetings fairly regularly and contribute actively (this is not just a token title for your CV).  If  you work for a group that might be applying to £eith Chooses for funds, you can still be part of the Steering Group (but might have to to step out of certain processes, briefly, where there could be a conflict of interest). You could ask to attend a couple of meetings as an ‘observer’ if you’d like to learn more about how it all operates.

Please get in touch if you are interested. Email: secretary@leithlinkscc.org.uk

 

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. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/lthch2022

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. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/lthch2022

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.
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.

 

£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 http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/voteleithchooses

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

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.