SafeDeposits Scotland, the leading scheme for tenancy deposit protection in Scotland, has introduced a Community Fund designed to provide small grants to projects enhancing communities across the country.
***22/01/24 NEWS: For the funding round closing on 15th March 2024, the maximum value of individual grants available will be £5,000***
The SafeDeposits Scotland Community Fund will award grants up to a maximum value of £2,000* to organisations who commit to deliver a project that meets at least one of five criteria, namely:
Mike Smith, Head of SafeDeposits Scotland, said: “Through this new fund we aim to contribute to initiatives that will benefit people across Scotland, including our landlord, letting agent and tenant customers and their wider communities. From enhancing play areas to planting trees, and from providing isolated individuals with social opportunities and helping young people prepare for work, these are the types of projects we hope to support.”
Grants will be awarded on a quarterly basis and interested parties are invited to submit an application by one of the following dates, to be considered for the subsequent funding round:
The SafeDeposits Scotland Community Fund’s rules and guidance outline in more detail what can and cannot be funded, and the requirements of any organisation applying for funding. A set of FAQs has also been prepared for members of the general public who require further information on the SafeDeposits Scotland Community Fund.
*For the funding round closing on 15th March 2024, the maximum value of individual grants available has been increased from £2,000 to £5,000.
The SafeDeposits Scotland Community Fund is a completely separate initiative to the SafeDeposits Scotland Charitable Trust, which continues with its specific aims of awarding grants to projects that promote education, training and best practice in Scotland’s private rented sector.
Read about projects supported by the SafeDeposits Scotland Community Fund below...
Edinburgh Cosy Homes
Edinburgh Tool Library has said the following, after receiving a grant from the SafeDeposits Scotland Community Fund in its December 2023 funding round: Communities across Scotland are currently facing urgent, intersecting climate and cost-of-living crises. Right now, 30% of UK energy use is within our homes and we know there's significant wastage of energy through heating - at a time when staggering energy bills are becoming unaffordable for a growing number of residents.
Highland Employability Project
Autism Initiatives has said the following, after receiving a grant from the SafeDeposits Scotland Community Fund in its September 2023 funding round: Autism Initiative's Highland One Stop Shop is looking forward to delivering a pilot employability project for autistic adults thanks to funding from the SafeDeposits Scotland Community Fund.
The Salvage Club: Bike Refurbishment Skills for Young People
Bridgend Farmhouse community hub in South East Edinburgh is delighted to be able to offer new skills development opportunities as a result of funding received from the SafeDeposits Scotland Community Fund. This is part of a wider Active Travel Strategy which Bridgend Farmhouse hopes will encourage more people in South East Edinburgh to choose cycling as a way of making short journeys.
New technology to support communication
Cerebral Palsy Scotland has said the following, after receiving a grant from the SafeDeposits Scotland Community Fund: Cerebral Palsy Scotland are delighted to announce that we are one of the first six recipients of a SafeDeposits Scotland Community Fund small grant, which will support people with cerebral palsy to communicate and play through technology.
The Abbeyhill Colony of Artists announce their 18th Annual Exhibition
The Abbeyhill Colony of Artists have announced details of their 18th Annual Exhibition taking place on 16th and 17th September. Funding from the SafeDeposits Scotland Community Fund has helped to support their work in 2023. This group of artists and creatives are centred around the Abbeyhill Colonies in Edinburgh.
Full steam ahead for community projects awarded funding
The STEAM Club, based at Netherholm Community Hall in Castlemilk, has received a funding boost of £2,500 at a recent event in Glasgow. Lintel Soup was organised by SafeDeposits Scotland in partnership with Lintel Trust, with three Glasgow projects invited to showcase their important community work to members of the public.
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