Sixty seven voluntary organisations helping vulnerable and disadvantaged children and their families in Edinburgh will benefit from a £3m fund.
The groups, which include youth projects, children’s clubs and mental health charities, have been allocated the grants by the Communities and Families service of the City of Edinburgh Council on an annual basis until 31 March 2019.
In addition 26 organisations are benefiting for the first time after a new formula used to allocate the money opened up the bidding process to a wider range of applicants.
The grants were approved at a meeting of the Education, Children and Families Committee today.
In total 107 organisations – with 26 being the new applicants – submitted bids of £6.4m from the Revenue Grants fund of £3m.
Successful new applicants were given 50% of their bid whilst organisations that had received funding in 2015/16 were given 95%. The allocation means as many groups as possible can now benefit. This was a key aim after feedback from the voluntary sector who said allowing more organisations to receive grants would achieve maximum value for money.
Councillor Paul Godzik, Convener of the Education, Children and Families Committee, said: “This is a new process for allocating grants which we feel meets our strategic objectives for helping vulnerable and disadvantaged children and their families across the whole of Edinburgh.
“It’s a really positive development that 26 new organisations will benefit from our funding and we have taken on board advice from the voluntary sector about spreading the money as widely as possible.”