Council approves small grant funding for community groups
Midlothian Council has approved small grants totalling £89,000 for 35 voluntary and community organisations operating in the area.
The grants, which cover the financial year from 2022 to 2023, are to support local projects that meet the priorities of the Single Midlothian Plan – to reduce inequalities in health, learning and economic circumstances, and to help cut carbon emissions.
The council has also approved 14 community council grants for the year, totalling £9,545. These annual awards help with general running costs as well as new projects.
Among the local groups to receive funding are Lasswade High School PHAB Club, Penicuik Athletic Youth Football Club, Bonnyrigg Rose Football Club, Mayfield and Easthouses Youth 2000 Project, Carrington Village Hall, Roslin Men's Shed, Bill Russell Woodburn Youth Project, Beeslack All Stars Disabled Sports Club, Newtongrange Development Trust and Dalkeith Thistle Community Football Club.
Other beneficiaries include Rosewell Development Trust Community Company, Midlothian Foodbank, Penicuik CAB, Play Midlothian, Dalkeith History Society, 2466 (Loanhead) Squadron Air Training Corps, St David's Brass Band SCIO, Loanhead Brownies, Pathhead SWI, Penicuik Community Arts Association, Volunteer Midlothian, Midlothian Community Media Association, Esk Valley Trust, and Gorebridge Community Development Trust.
“This funding allows a number of community groups to take forward projects which will help improve the lives of people living in Midlothian,” said the council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Councillor Russell Imrie. “Our volunteers, local groups and community councils make a huge contribution to Midlothian’s communities and we are extremely grateful to them for the support they provide, particularly at a time when things are so difficult for many people.”
A cross-party group of councillors was involved in assessing and scoring the grant applications, with the support of council officers, representatives from health, members of the Third Sector Interface and local volunteers.