Sunday, 18 May 2014

Margaret announces more funding for communities

Local MSP Margaret Burgess has announced that enterprising third sector organisations are to benefit from a further £2.1m in grants to help them deliver services to vulnerable people in communities across Scotland.

Mrs Burgess, MSP for Cunninghame South, announced the additional funding in her capacity as the SNP Scottish Government’s Minister for Housing and Welfare. “While we are already doing much to mitigate the effects of UK Government welfare reform in Scotland,” said Mrs Burgess, “with independence, a welfare system aligned to our education system can address child poverty and educational under-achievement.”

The Enterprise Ready Fund is being delivered by a consortium of third sector organisations led by Foundation Scotland in partnership with Community Enterprise in Scotland, Developing Strathclyde Ltd and Social Value Lab.

Margaret Burgess noted, “We want to develop a society that not only provides fair support and decent opportunities for all, but also protects the vulnerable in our society. The only way to guarantee that is to have possession of the powers to deliver it.”

Foundation Scotland’s Chief Executive Giles Ruck said, “We have been impressed with the wide range and quality of applications we have received so far, which showcase the innovative ways organisations plan to use their awards to make a real difference to the people and communities they serve.

“I would like to encourage new or developing third sector organisations who are considering applying to the fund to do so before the final closing date of 16th of June.”

The Enterprise Ready Fund will distribute £6m during 2013 to 2015 to help maintain, develop and grow enterprising voluntary sector organisations. A total of £4.4m has been awarded to 95 organisations since the fund was launched in September 2013. Grants of up to £250,000 are available to support new, developing and established organisations to become more efficient and self-sustaining or diversify into new markets.

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