Gallery of Projects available to view

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 caroline.lamond@edinburgh.gov.uk

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 caroline.lamond@edinburgh.gov.uk 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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Time is running out – apply now!

Could you use £5,000? Get that application in!  £eith Chooses has £56,102 for community projects to benefit the community in Leith, and is accepting applications NOW, until 30th November. 

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 (12 months, max £5,000 per project)) that would benefit the community in Leith, please download and fill in an Application Form, and Guidance Notes, from the links below. Time is running out – don’t let this money go to waste – make your bid for a share of it!

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Apply Now – don’t leave it too late!

The clock is ticking, now. Just 27 days to go  – please don’t put it off until the last minute!£eith Chooses has £56,102 for charities and community organisations serving the community in Leith, and is accepting applications NOW, until 30th November. 

This year’s theme is one that everyone can find a point of contact with:

Reconnecting in Leith:
Nourishment, Creativity, Sustainability

If you are a constituted community group with your own bank account, and are thinking of a project (12 months max) that would benefit the community in Leith, please download and fill in an Application Form, and Guidance Notes, from the links below.

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£eith Chooses welcomes support from POLHA

Port of Leith Housing Association (POLHA) is offering great support to the community in Leith via the mechanism of the £eith Chooses process (amongst other work that POLHA does, of course),

POLHA has contributed £5,000 to the ‘pot’ of money available through £eith Chooses, to projects that benefit Leith. They have also designed and published a useful little information ‘pack’ that aims to help you use social media to get votes for your project., once you’ve applied.

POLHA CEO Heather Kitely has made a wee video to encourage application to £eith Chooses. https://fb.watch/8VdipMn_as/

Please feel free to download the social media info pack here, to use and / or pass on to colleagues.

Applying to £eith Chooses? Come to our Q & A session, 2nd November

Talk to us! Time is running on – don’t leave everything to the last minute! Applications must be in by 30th November.

There will be another online (Zoom) general Q & A session about applying to £eith Chooses this coming Tuesday 2 November 2021, at 6:30pm. Register to attend via Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/186887945877 This is a good chance for an informal chat about a possible application, and to clarify any queries you may have. Do join the call, you will be very welcome!

As well as – or instead of – this Q& A session, Information and support (private discussions) for applicants will be also available at any time / on an ongoing basis, as requested,
Contact: caroline.lamond@edinburgh,gov.uk

Applications are OPEN NOW for  £eith Chooses 2021-2022. Community Groups can apply for up to £5,000 for a 12 month project that will benefit members of the community in Leith. There is now even more money available – £56,102 – so at least 11 groups can be fully funded – and perhaps more, partially funded.

(That’s made up of £46,102 from City of Edinburgh Community Grants Fund, supplemented by a further £5,000 donation from Port of Leith Housing Association, and another £5,000 from Trams to Newhaven)

This year’s theme is one that everyone can find a point of contact with:

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.

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Leith Bowl Blethers project

We are happy and proud to read the ‘end of £eith Chooses grant’ report from Edinburgh Community Food and Milan who worked together to help older members of our Asian communities in Leith. What a great project! To help those suffering from loneliness and food poverty, they provided nutritious and culturally appropriate hot meals for 25 weeks, with doorstep face-to-face blethers each week, as meals were hand delivered.They also  organised online community eat-together sessions and outdoor trips (to Saughton Park and Jock Tamson’s herb garden and Dr. Neil’s Garden) for social connectedness.

Edinburgh Community Food staff provided specialist online nutrition training for MILAN staff on how to address the health issues affecting older BME people in Leith and free training ftowards the professionally and nationally recognised certificated REHIS course Food Allergy Awareness.
Milan staff receiving their REHIS Certificates from Edinburgh Community Food The group also produced a spiral bound recipe book containing recipes and nutritional facts developed by Milan Staff, used as part of the project and distributed to participants of Leith Bowl Blethers to encourage them and their families to have a go at making the meals themselves. 

“I am registered blind and find it difficult to cook and prepare my meals, therefore appreciate the fresh ethnic meals received otherwise I rely on tin foods mostly.”

“Due to my age I am unable to cook so this hot meal is valuable for me.”

“I love Tuesdays as this is the only day we are guaranteed to eat traditional hot ethnic meal which has been freshly cooked with the best ingredients.”

“I am not able to cook as reside in a hostel and have no kitchen facilities, therefore I thoroughly enjoy the hot cooked meals and really value this project and am ever so thankful as can have the benefit of freshly cooked food.”