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£45k Boost for Scottish Charities Thanks to CALA Homes

Monday, 21 May 2018

CALA Homes has unveiled the community groups, charities and local organisations across Scotland which will receive a share of its 2018 community bursary pot which totals £45,000. 

The national bursary, now into its second year, was created in order to work closely with local communities throughout Scotland to help boost the vital work they are carrying out.

The UK’s most upmarket major homebuilder invited local charities, community groups and organisations to apply for a share of the bursary across the West, East and North of Scotland, enabling them to provide a range of services and equipment for the local community.

In the West of Scotland, 15 recipients across Lanarkshire, Glasgow and Renfrewshire shared a pot of £15,000, benefiting a broad range of organisations and community groups which helps make a real difference in and around the local communities it is currently building.

Successful applicants included Birth, Baby and Beyond, Little Monsters and Give the Dog a Bone in Glasgow; Ponies Help Children, East Kilbride Quirky Quilters and ESTEEEM in Lanarkshire and Erskine Reid McEwan Activity Centre, Forever Young and Kibble in Renfrewshire.

Across Midlothian and East Lothian, the bursary pot increased to £20,000 with more than 200 applications looking to receive a sum to help build on their success.  

A total of 26 recipients will share the funds to make vital changes in the community whilst having a positive impact on the lives of locals.

East Lothian Young Carers, Gullane After School Club and West Barns Bowling Club, will benefit from the bursary in East Lothian, whilst, Penicuik Community First Responders, Food Facts Friends Project and Dalkeith Midlothian Kinship Carers SCIO given a boost in Midlothian.

CALA Homes (North) announced 11 applicants which will receive a share of the £10,000 community bursary.

Successful applicants include Home-Start Aberdeen which provides volunteer-led home-visiting support to vulnerable families. The group will receive £900 towards covering volunteer costs of running its Big Hopes Big Future project.

Supporting Children in Learning for Life (SCILL) has been granted more than £1,500, enabling it to hire Banchory Swimming Pool for weekly children’s swimming lessons during term time for one year.

Liana Canavan, sales and marketing director for CALA Homes in the West, said: “We’re very proud to be providing funding to groups all over Scotland in this year’s community bursary scheme. I’d like to thank all the groups, charities and organisations that took the time to get in touch with us.

“The community bursary was such a success in its inaugural year and made a big difference to our recipients. We are delighted to once again reach out and give these groups a much-needed cash boost to help to bring some fantastic projects to fruition throughout 2018.

“From helping community bus projects in Lanarkshire, to a group of First Responders in Midlothian, the variety of applicants has been wonderful, and we are incredibly proud of the scheme’s achievements.

"Over the coming months we’ll be keeping in touch with each of the recipients to hear about how the funding is benefitting the local community as well as helping to highlight the good work each group is doing.”