Monday, October 14, 2019

One City Trust Projects in Sighthill Gorgie

Good to see some great local projects getting funding from the One City Trust.
The grants come from a contribution to the One City Trust from Engie aas part of their Community Engagement Fund....

'Community Investment Funding 
As part of the community benefits commitments within the North Sighthill contract, Engie have contributed £50,000 for community projects in south west Edinburgh.  
A number of funding awards were made through the Lord Provost’s charity, the One City Trust, and Engie’s contributions have been awarded to the following local groups: 
• AboutYouth – funding for a diverse programme of activities for young people aged between 7yrs – 19yrs, including activity programmes, youth groups and outreach initiatives. Particular focus in the Calders, Wester Hailes and Sighthill. 

• African Connections – funding for arts and entertainment activities and local projects. 

• Space & Broomhouse Hub – funding for a neighbourhood community growing project at Broomhouse Home Farm. 

• Community One Stop Shop – funding for specialist advice post (Advice Plus). 

• South West Edible Estates (SWEE) – funding for a neighbourhood community growing project at Murrayburn/Hailesland. 
Congratulations to all of the above groups who received funding awards. For more information on the One City Trust, please visit '  

I am a great fan of the One City Trust (as Lord Provost I was its President for 5 years) which fights inequality and exclusion in Edinburgh. When I took up the post the Charity had sunk into a position of inactivity not seen since the great days of its creation out of the Lord Provosts Commission on Social Exclusion a decade before. In 2012 I created the  Lord Provosts Rapid Action Fund and set about raising new money for the trust (rather than just spending the interest) . By 2017 , 5 Marathons and a Burns Supper brought the cumulative total well over the 100,000 mark. Add to this contributions like that above from Engie and the OCT is now making a real difference in the City.