Further grants to help people in poverty

Community groups and organisations will be able to apply for a grant of up to £20,000 from Monday 21 December 2020 to provide emergency support for local people in poverty.

More than £120,000 available

 At the full Council meeting on Tuesday, councillors agreed the remainder of the 2019-2022 grants programme totalling £123,676 should be distributed via an additional round of poverty funding. This is on top of £66,254 of poverty funding grants being paid out this year (2020/21).

Small grants also approved

Councillors also approved 15 small grants to local communities totalling more than £22,000.

High unemployment predicted

Midlothian Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for communities, Councillor Russell Imrie said: “As a result of the COVID pandemic, there is an urgent need to address the emerging financial difficulties and the predicted large increase in the unemployment rate for Midlothian residents.

More people claiming out of work benefits

“There is a significant rise in those claiming out of work benefits with further uncertainty as furlough comes to an end. So while, the initial funding has gone some way to help those in need we still need to support local groups and organisations that can help those in poverty.”

Projects that can apply

From Monday 21 December until Friday 22 January 2021, applicants can apply for a grant of between £5,000 and £20,000 for projects focussed on:
  • 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

More information

The council website will be updated with the form and guidance about how to fill it in before Monday 21 December.
15 Dec 2020