We are doing this by asking groups to help us run mini competitions in their community, inviting micro ideas which can be tested out to see if they can be developed into something bigger with a little funding and support.
We've worked with local groups across Edinburgh to deliver the competitions.
Edinburgh Tool Library: Edinburgh Tool Library (ETL) is the UK’s first tool library, promoting sharing as a way of reducing environmental impact. ETL worked with Firstport and CGI to develop the 'Volunteer Assembly', a gathering where volunteers vote on projects proposed by members of the public. Two projects have been funded so far.
**The next Volunteer Assembly will take place on Thursday 15 February 2018. If you have an idea which could benefit the people, place or planet in your local area, but need some materials, manpower and money to get it off the ground, then the Edinburgh Tool Library would like to help you! The team are currently looking for their next community project and if you would like that to be you, then please send a 250 word summary of your project to firstname.lastname@example.org**
Good Ideas Academy at The Melting Pot: After two intensive weekend camps to explore ideas, four people successfully pitched for a £500 award and are developing their ideas as part of the Good Ideas Academy Class of 2017.
Community Alliance Trust: Community Alliance Trust is a development trust set up in 2011 to develop community assets and new social enterprise initiatives in the Craigmillar area and improve the quality of life of residents. We’ve made five awards so far.
North Edinburgh Arts: We have linked 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.
Leith Creative: We are working 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 discussions with the people of Leith, asking them about their future vision of the area, as part of their project 'People and Places: Make Leith Better'.
Edinburgh Soup: In October 2017 Firstport teamed up with Edinburgh Soup. We added two extra pots of £500 to pitch for, seeing one winner leaving with £500 plus the door money and the person with next highest amount of audience votes leaving with a guaranteed £500.
The Community Ideas Fund project is sponsored by CGI. The company is committed to supporting Edinburgh’s communities through local initiatives, including social entrepreneurship, as part of its contract to deliver ICT services for the City of Edinburgh Council until 2023. The £500 grants awarded are funded by the Social Entrepeneurs Fund which is delivered by Firstport on behalf of the Scottish Government.