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Funding for community groups

Twenty groups across Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife will receive funding for a range of local initiatives from Edinburgh Airport.

Almost £40,000 is being shared with the groups through the airport’s Community Board, which awards grants to non-profits, charities and community organisations.

Established in 2012, the board has allocated nearly £640,000 to projects which support health and well-being, the environment and education.

Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport Gordon Dewar said:

“We know the important role that these projects and many others have within their local communities and it is only right that we recognise that work. We are delighted to be able to help by awarding these funds and give something back to our neighbouring areas.”

One of the projects to receive funding in the latest round is Boroughmuir, who will use it to provide new equipment for its players – chairman Gavin Michie said:

"Boroughmuir Thistle FC are delighted to be the recipients of this generous award from Edinburgh Airport Community Board Funding.

“As the only Scottish FA Community Quality Mark club for girls and women in the South East of Scotland, this award will allow us to further develop opportunities for girls and women in our community of all abilities and aspirations to become regularly active in football.”

Playbuddies in West Lothian, received funding for new toys and arts and crafts material – chairperson Steven Greer said:

“We’re grateful for this award which will allow us to provide new and exciting arts and craft materials to encourage the children to explore their creative side, and develop their fine motor skills in a fun way. The funding will also help us purchase a new toy kitchen and baby toys to allow creative play to continue in the group.”

The Ecology Centre in Kinghorn received funding to start up a weekly Mini-Growers club for parents/carers and under 5’s. David Stockwell, General Manager, said:

“It’s fantastic that we’ve received this funding and we’re looking forward to launching our new Mini-Growers Club in September. This will allow us to introduce the Centre to a younger audience and their families, with the aim giving pre-school children hands-on experience of the natural environment and the opportunity to learn in a fun way about growing and eating local food, wildlife, natural resources and climate change.”

Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP, the chair of the Community Board, said:

“It's a real privilege for me to chair the community board. So many charities and groups have had an unexpected lift from the generosity of the airport and it's such a thrill to help direct the funding to so many good causes and projects. It's a model of community engagement I'd encourage others to follow."


More on the Community Board:

A list of the organisations to receive funding in this allocation is below:

Barnton Policy Parks - Edinburgh

Christmas in Kirkliston – Edinburgh

Leith Academy Girls Rugby Club - Edinburgh

Lothian Disability Sport - Edinburgh

Muirhouse Millenium Centre - Edinburgh

Playbuddies – West Lothian

Queensferry Rowing Club - Edinburgh

Blackhall Playgroup - Edinburgh

Boroughmuir Thistle Football Club - Edinburgh

Broxburn United Sports Club – West Lothian

Frozen Light Theatre – Norfolk (putting on shows in Edinburgh)

Inverkeithing High School - Fife

Kinghorn Costal Rowing Club - Fife

KSQ Football Club - Edinburgh

NSPCC Scotland – Glasgow (delivering projects in Edinburgh)

St Marys FC - Edinburgh

The Ecology Centre – Fife

The PSA and Parent Council (CPSC), Cramond Primary School - Edinburgh

Traverse Theatre Scotland Limited - Edinburgh

What? Why? Children in Hospital - Edinburgh