Seven community organisations in Prestonpans and Cockenzie & Port Seton have been awarded grants by the Inch Cape Construction Fund to contribute towards local projects, facilitate activities for young people and support deserving causes.

A total of more than £22,000 has now been distributed by the fund following this second round of grants which provided £9,318 to a wide range of initiatives including: a civic pride planting project; programme for women and families dealing with domestic abuse; drama and music opportunities for young people, and an employment readiness scheme for secondary students.

Managed by Foundation Scotland, the Inch Cape Construction Fund supports projects that help tackle the effects of poverty and inequality, improve the environment or encourage sustainability within the Prestonpans or Cockenzie & Port Seton community council areas.

Applications for grants of up to £2000 are considered on a rolling basis so eligible groups can apply at any time.

The full list of those awarded grants, and the amounts awarded, in this second round is below, or can also be found on the Inch Cape website construction fund page.

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Organisations awarded funds in the second grants round:

OrganisationAmount awardedContribution towards:
Heavy Sound CIC£1,000Supporting 26 children with therapeutic one-to-one sessions and group work supporting improved mental health and coping strategies.
Into Work£1,000Funds required to employ a part-time adviser to deliver the East Lothian Works programme for secondary school pupils in Prestonpans.
Port Seton Centre Management Committee (SCIO)£1,000Drama tuition, for young people with additional support needs to develop improved self-confidence, communication, and interpersonal skills.
Preston Lodge High School Pipe Band£1,000Providing exam and solo competition opportunities, enhancing players musical experiences and gaining recognition for their achievements.
Preston Lodge Learning Foundation£2,000Replacing essential equipment used for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme within Preston Lodge High School.
Prestonpans Community Council£1,318The ‘Plants for Heritage’ project to brighten a recently restored area of Prestonpans, instilling an increased sense of community pride amongst residents.
Women’s Aid East & Midlothian£2,000Supporting women and families subjected to domestic abuse with fuel and food costs through the provision of food vouchers and meter top-ups.

 

Preston Lodge High School Pipe Band received a grant to enable exam and competition opportunities for the young players and enhance their experience of music, ideally encouraging them to continue their musical aspirations.

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