WHCT launches funding of up to £7500

The Wester Hailes Community Trust would like to announce that following on from the success of their previous awards they will now be launching a new tier of funding, providing grants of up to £7500 to local community organisations.

WHCT is a new collaborative community organisation that has been established to support genuine community-led development in Wester Hailes. With the launch of this latest tier of funding the Trust plans to build upon the success of their previous awards – providing funding to individual local residents, the Open Heaven church for paint for their Harmony Project, About Youth for an environmental volunteering project for local young people and Clovenstone Community Centre to create an inspiring video with local young people and help dispel negative stereotypes of the area.

The Trust is keen to see partnerships emerge between local organisations therefore organisations applying for the  £5000 – £7500 tier must demonstrate local partnership working. You can download the application guidelines here and an application for the new tier of funding here. The deadline for the first round of applications is Monday 1 May 2017, with the second round deadline being Wednesday 1 November 2017. The WHCT ask that organisations attach a copy of their annual accounts with their application form.

WHCT’s other funds remain open for applications. The Small Sparks fund provides small grants of up to £250, other funds offer grants of up to £2500, and £2500 – £5000. These are open to local individuals and groups to help make a difference in Wester Hailes. However, projects applying for the £2500 – £5000 bracket must also demonstrate local partnership working.

Completed application forms can be sent to info@westerhailesct.org.uk or by letter to Wester Hailes Community Trust, c/o WHALE Arts Centre, 30 Westburn Grove, EH14 2SA.

Applications to any of the WHCT funds should match one or more of the WHCT priorities, these are:

Making Wester Hailes safer for the community

  • Includes raising awareness of hate crime, tackling anti-social behaviour

Making the community better together

  • Includes improving recycling, better care of green space

Tackling Legal Highs

  • Includes information for young people and community, identifying shops selling products.

Addressing transport issues

  • Includes more frequent bus routes to schools and hospitals, better rail service.

Making better use of IT

  • Includes free wi-fi, more IT classes

Improving community facilities and unused land

  • Includes spaces for young people, developing the Plaza

You can find out more information about the WHCT on the Digital Sentinel here as well as read some of out other articles about the group here. Keep an eye out for the launch of their website here.

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