Last chance to apply for CALA community funding

(from left) Dave Stanbrook (CALA - senior sales manager), Rebecca Perry (CALA - group CSR manager), Lewis Hailstone (CALA - apprentice site manager), Maria Aspinal (CALA - sales consultant)

Local charities, organisations and projects across Midlothian and East Lothian looking for a share of a combined £20,000 are being urged to apply for funding before tomorrow’s closing date.

The 2018 CALA Homes Community Bursary Scheme has allocated a £10,000 bursary fund to East Lothian and the same to Midlothian to provide support for a wide range of charities, organisations and good causes in each area.

Groups in Midlothian and East Lothian that could benefit from some extra funding are being urged to submit their applications before the closing date of March 23.

Phillip Hogg, sales and marketing director with CALA Homes (East), said: “CALA is committed to making a positive and lasting contribution to the communities in which it builds, through an active programme of local charity donations, community support and sponsorship.

“The community bursary scheme gives us the chance to find out exactly what support is needed locally and provides the opportunity for charities and groups of all sizes to apply for funds.

“The deadline for entries is fast approaching and we would urge any local organisations that would like to be considered to apply now.”

The CALA bursary scheme has launched in Midlothian for the first time this year.

Last year, East Lothian saw 20 local organisations and charities secure funding through the bursary programme. One of the successful applicants was Dunbar Life Saving Club.

Based at surfing hot-spot Belhaven Beach, the group received a £750 grant after applying for the bursary. The grant has allowed them to purchase vital pieces of equipment, which will benefit first-aid and lifesaving training for local youngsters.

Sally Harris, a volunteer with Dunbar Life Saving Club, said: “We received a grant last year and have since been able to buy mannequins, junior rescue boards and oxygen to deliver first-aid training and vocational courses.

“The bursary has also helped us look towards our next project. We hope to start a beach patrol which would be a great way of keeping the area safe.

“The grant from CALA has provided us with vital first-aid equipment that will make a difference to the Dunbar area and for all involved with Dunbar Life Saving Club.

“The application process for the bursary is straight-forward and we would encourage others to apply.”

Recipients of the funding will be decided by selection panels for each area consisting of CALA staff from different areas of the business as well as external local representatives.

You can apply for a share of the community bursary by downloading an application form from the CALA website:

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