Fife Centre for Equalities (FCE) are pleased to announce that six more community-led groups across Fife have been awarded the Fife Equality Community Grants – a local funding initiative developed in partnership with The National Lottery Community Fund and members of Fife Equalities Forum.

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The latest round of Fife Equality Community Grants, which closed in October 2021, received 18 applications.  It was regrettable that many applicants did not qualify, however the assessment panel decided on six projects to be awarded £300 each.  The newly funded projects demonstrate the commitment to advancing equality in different parts of Fife.

  1. Aberdour Refugee Support Group – community support for refugee resettlement
  2. Friary Knitting Group – provision of knitted items to communities in need
  3. Kincardine Toddler Group – supporting children’s learning and development through play
  4. Oakley Toddler Group – creation of a safe, happy and welcoming environment for all children and parents
  5. St Monans Community Larder – provision of fresh and healthy food to the community
  6. STAND (Striving Towards a New Day) – support for people of all ages living with dementia

Nina Munday, Chief Executive, Fife Centre for Equalities said: “Fife Equality Community Grants have received many worthy applications.  It is not always possible for the panel members to say yes to each application.  The Grants taught us the wide range of assistance local community groups are providing for the members of their community, from supporting young parents to play with their children to buying a good quality freezer to store fresh food.  More importantly, by providing the assistance, the volunteers are also building connections with one another to enhance their own mental health and wellbeing.”

“There is a bonus round for the small community-led groups which are not registered with OSCR to apply for £300 to help them to build their capacity to engage with wider diverse communities or to improve public’s participation in their activity.  Please note that a group does not require a formal constitution to apply, however, the applications must demonstrate that there are wider community benefits.”

“Our staff are happy to assist groups to complete the application form or to answer any questions.  To apply or discuss your funding proposal, please contact us on 01592 645310 or info@centreforequalities.org.uk.”

The National Lottery Community Fund’s Scotland Chair, Kate Still, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Fife Centre for Equalities on this exciting scheme where groups have the opportunity to access funding to help them grow and reach out to more people in their local area.

“Congratulations to each of the latest six recipients of the latest round of funding and National Lottery players can be proud to know that the money they raise is continuing to make such a difference in local communities in Fife.”

Fife Equality Community Grants are now re-open for applications.  Local community-led groups can apply for any amount from £100 to £300 and it is anticipated about 6 grants will be made available in the bonus round. The final date for applications is 31 January 2022 or until all the money has been allocated.

If your group would be interested in applying for the Fife Equality Community Grants, please contact us at info@centreforequalities.org.uk or call 01592 645310 to discuss your project ideas with a member of our team.