Grant support for people in hardship

Community groups, charities and other organisations can now apply for grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 for emergency support for local people in hardship.

£120,000 funding pot

Midlothian Council has approved a funding pot of £120,000 for projects to help tackle poverty across 2020/21 and 2021/22. Community groups, charities and other organisations can now apply for grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 for emergency support for local people in hardship. Projects are to be completed by 31 March 2021.

Additional funding

An additional £40,000 will be available for groups to apply for from 14 September 2020 for projects starting 1 April 2021. Funding up to the value of £2,000 will be available for projects to be completed by 31 March 2022.

Urgent need

The council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for communities, Councillor Russell Imrie said:  “As a result of the coronavirus, there’s an urgent need to help local people who are suffering hardship.  We are aware that people within our communities are losing their jobs, finding it difficult to pay their energy bills and buy food.  This project will allow local groups and organisations to apply for help.”

Project support

The grants are for projects aimed at:

  • Helping cut utility bills
  • Helping local people with transport costs
  • Making sure people can access education opportunities
  • Making sure people can enjoy the health and wellbeing benefits of participating in leisure, sports and arts experiences
  • Reducing financial stress for parents
  • Increasing opportunities for people to get more qualifications
  • Making sure more people know how to claim benefits to which they are entitled
  • Maximising income for local residents
  • Reducing health and wellbeing inequalities

How to apply

1 Sep 2020