Funding launched for East Lothian community development projects
East Lothian Council has launched a new grant fund to support the early stages of project development for community groups and organisations.
The UKSPF Regeneration Project Development Fund has been developed through the UK Government’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF), part of the wider ‘Levelling Up’ agenda.
The fund will provide financial support to allow community groups and organisations to appoint specialist consultants or undertake development services for the initial stages of potential future capital projects, such as preparation of survey information, project feasibility assessments, business case development etc.
Its principal aim is to remove some of the barriers faced by community groups and organisations when developing good ideas into viable projects which meet the necessary funding criteria and can progress to applying for, and securing, project delivery capital grant funding.
The supported projects must be able to demonstrate how the development funding will assist with the delivery of the wider capital project aims, including the vision for the long-term benefits for the local communities and wider East Lothian population, aligned with both the East Lothian Plan objectives and East Lothian Council Climate Strategy outcomes. The three core priority themes for the fund are; Communities & Place, Supporting Local Business and People & Skills.
A maximum grant of £3,000 will be available per community group or organisation towards project development costs. As the available funding is limited, grant applications will be assessed and scored competitively against a set of eligibility criteria.
The fund will have two rounds, with the first round deadline for submission of applications being 5pm on Friday 25 August 2023.
For further information, guidance notes, and application forms please visit here.