Community Ideas Fund

We’re working with groups across Edinburgh to find individuals who have a good idea that could benefit their local community. With some funding and support that idea may strengthen to become something more… 

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Firstport partnered with Good Ideas Academy at The Melting Pot to deliver its first seed funds of £500. After two intensive weekend camps in November 2016 to explore ideas, 4 people successfully went on to pitch their ideas to receive a seed fund award of £500 and develop that as part of the bigger Good Ideas Academy Class of 2017.

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We then joined up with Edinburgh Tool Library - the UK’s first tool library, promoting sharing as a way of reducing environmental impact.

Together with Firstport and CGI, ETL developed the 'Volunteer Assembly' - a gathering where volunteers vote on projects proposed by members of the public. In January 2017, Sanel Contreras’ project to build a garden for a Cyrenian community was awarded the £500. Read his story here. The latest Volunteer Assembly took place on 8 May 2017, with Rachel Arthur delivering the winning pitch.

Watch this space for the announcement of our next Assembly!

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Community Alliance Trust is a development trust that serves the Greater Craigmillar area of Edinburgh. It was set up in 2011 to develop community assets and new social enterprise initiatives in the Craigmillar area and improve the quality of life of Craigmillar residents.

We’ve made 5 awards to individuals and will update you as they progress.

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Now we’re linking with North Edinburgh Arts and the people of Muirhouse and Pilton to find those people with good ideas for their communities. Our first awardee was 16 year old Annie Cheung.

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We’ve teamed up with Leith Creative to encourage people to make the positive changes they want to see in the community in Leith. 

Leith Creative has been awarded funding from the Scottish Government, City of Edinburgh Council and Creative Scotland to run a series of creative interventions and round-table discussions with the people of Leith, asking them what their future vision of the area would be. This opportunity is part of Leith Creative's place-based project People and Places: Make Leith Better.

Three people successfully pitched for £500 at the end of June - details of their projects will be revealed shortly.

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The project is sponsored by CGI. CGI have obtained the contract to deliver ICT services for the City of Edinburgh Council until 2023. As part of their Community Benefit Clause contained within the bid, CGI have committed to supporting Edinburgh’s communities through locally based initiatives. One of these initiatives is focused on social entrepreneurship.