The Foundation’s Large Grant is supporting this growth and helping optimise the flow and management of Cyrenians’ food distribution and education work by enabling them to refurbish warehouse space, install new kitchen and training facilities. This is part of a phased build the charity is undertaking which will see them able to support 3,000 additional beneficiaries and provide longer term sustainability of their project.
Philip Grant, Chair of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees and Chair of the Scottish Executive Committee, Lloyds Banking Group said, “Bank of Scotland Foundation’s Grants Programmes continue to attract some excellent proposals for short and longer term funding across a wide range of projects. We’re delighted this Large Grant will support the growth and sustainability of Cyrenians’ Good Food Programme as many other charities rely on their Programme to provide food, especially in such challenging times.
“We’re proud to be able to help support the great work that charities do for their communities across the Lothians and look forward to awarding further Grants later this year.”
Emma Veitch at Cyrenians said, “This grant will make a massive difference to our Good Food Programme as it will transform our environment and help us grow our services. We are excited to build on the support that we currently provide to over 7,000 people each week.”
Nine other Lothians charities shared £85,872 through the Foundation’s Small and Medium Grants, with several of these covering core costs such as salaries.
Bank of Scotland Foundation is one of the few grant makers who will provide funding for core costs such as salaries, rent or running costs, giving charities some much needed stability in an increasingly challenging environment. In 2016, the majority of charities who received funding from the Foundation used their grant to pay for core costs – a situation that is unlikely to change in the current climate.
The final tranche of the 2017 Small and Medium Grants is now open and charities have until 12 noon on 6 October 2017 to send in their applications. The 2018 Large Grants programme will open early January 2018.
The Small, Medium and Large Grant approvals for Lothians in H1 2017 were:
|£4,999 and under||Award|
|Music in Hospitals||£3,000|
|Smart Works Edinburgh||£3,000|
|£5,000 – £9,999|
|The Larder West Lothian||£5,600|
|St. Crispin’s Out of School Care Association Limited||£7,165|
|£10,000 – £25,000|
|Home-Start West Lothian||£10,400|
|Down’s Syndrome Scotland||£11,360|
|LGBT Health and Wellbeing (LGBT Healthy Living Centre)||£12,000|
|Edinburgh Headway Group||£12,916|
|Scotland Yard Adventure Centre||£13,500|
|£50,000 – £100,000 (Large Grants)|
|Thistle Health and Wellbeing||£70,000|
|Bield Housing & Care||£97,896|