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Whale Arts, Big Hearts and Space & Broomhouse Hub, worked collaboratively on their bids to the Scottish Governments ‘Supporting Communities Fund', within GoBeyond.
All three organisations have been recognised as Community Anchors and are delighted to confirm all three have been able to set up local COVID-19 crisis Community Grant Funds for small local groups and community-led initiatives. One in Wester Hailes, one in Gorgie, and one in Broomhouse.
In total, we have been awarded £55,000 from the Scottish Government’s Supporting Communities Fund via The National Lottery Community Fund, to distribute as local funds, from Gorgie to Wester Hailes.
The Supporting Communities Fund has been established with an initial £20m investment.
It is providing funding to community anchor organisations, such as charities, voluntary organisations, community controlled housing associations and social enterprises to help support local responses to the pandemic.
These community anchor organisations are already playing a key active role in providing services within their community and through this funding will be supported expand their existing networks and connections.
They are well placed to work collaboratively and will help to support a coordinated approach locally, working with other active local charities, third sector organisations, volunteers, communities of interest and making links with the Local Authority, Third Sector Interfaces and other statutory providers, and can act as a conduit for funding to help channel support to where it is needed.
To date funding for over 258 community anchor organisations across Scotland has been approved. You cannot directly apply to the Supporting Communities Fund. Working with partners the Scottish Government continue to identify where funding is being deployed and where it is still needed.