East Edinburgh Projects awarded Big Lottery Funding

The Community Alliance Trust has received a grant award from the Big Lottery Fund Scotland for a community gardening and healthy eating project.

The Community Alliance Trust, which is a development trust serving the Greater Craigmillar area, was awarded £149,916 over three years to develop these projects in the Magdalene, Bingham and Niddrie Mill areas. This is one of the 18 grants made under the Big Lottery Fund Scotland’s five year £250 million funding scheme, designed to support people and communities to overcome challenging circumstances.

Bob Giulianotti, Community Alliance Trust Business Manager, said, “We are so excited at the prospect of not only developing local greenspace into community gardens but also taking the produce from the gardens into the kitchen and helping people cook healthy meals at affordable costs.  We will also work with local youngsters to look at ways of improving their local environment for play.

“This funding will allow the residents of Greater Craigmillar to take ownership of their environment and use it to tap into the skills and assets that lie in the community.”

The Big Lottery Fund announced yesterday funding totalling £3,223,133 to 18 projects across Scotland, you can see a complete list of grants here. Maureen McGinn, Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, said: “This funding supports communities across Scotland to improve both the places they live and the wellbeing of those facing challenging circumstances. These two fantastic projects will help bring people and communities together.

“In Dundee, Art Angel will use an arts based programme to reach out to isolated people who have mental health difficulties to help motivate and inspire them as well as putting them in touch with other support agencies.  In North Edinburgh, the Community Alliance Trust Limited will work with residents in three housing estates who will join together to make the best use of the local greenspaces in the area.”

Other organisations in East Edinburgh who received grant funding were Cre8te to enable them to offer intensive one to one support, drop in sessions and bespoke counselling services and the Cyrenians to continue to develop their mediation support services and conflict resolution workshops to young people and their families.

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