Final Awardees of Fife Equality Community Grants
Fife Centre for Equalities (FCE) are delighted that the Fife Equality Community Grants have successfully come to an end with four community-led groups added to the list of awardees. Fife Equality Community Grants – a local funding initiative developed in partnership with The National Lottery Community Fund and members of Fife Equalities Forum, was introduced in July 2021 as a participatory grant making pilot especially for Fife.
After the announcement of the second-round awardees in December 2021, the assessment panel felt the grants should invite applications from small community led groups that work with people with disabilities, or people in different age groups. We are pleased that the following groups have been successful and can use the funding to support the identified beneficiaries.
- Central Burntisland Tenants & Residential Association – Community Together
- Fife Interfaith Group – International Women’s Day Bite and Blether
- Lamentally Sound CIC – Mental Health and Wellbeing Resources
- Lower Largo Friendship Group – Support Young Adults with Additional Support Needs
Nina Munday, Chief Executive, Fife Centre for Equalities said: “Since Fife Equality Community Grants started in the summer of 2021, we have awarded £300 each to 18 community-led groups in Fife. Ranging from Kincardine to Cupar, toddlers to older people, catching bugs to crocheting, learning a language to self-help resources, a community freezer to a community notice board, supporting refugees to new Scots, or a one-off gathering to regular meetings. We couldn’t have envisaged such diversity and richness of the projects we funded.”
“As well as bringing smiles to the participants, we hope that we have raised the public’s awareness about the small groups in their areas. More importantly we hope that many Fifers will continue to support these groups.”
“£300 is not enough to pay for running costs for many of these groups, however the money can still make a significant difference for those who need these groups.”
Irene Donaldson, member of STAND (Striving Towards a New Day) said: “Being able to meet with our peers is so important and to do that over a cuppa is so enjoyable.”
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 four 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.”
Notes to Editors
- Background: Fife Equality Community Grants is a partnership between Fife Centre for Equalities, the National Lottery Community Fund and Fife Equalities Forum. The aim is to provide a grant scheme especially for small un-constituted or unincorporated community-led groups. https://bit.ly/FifeEqGrants
- Fife Centre for Equalities (FCE) was set up in 2014 to work with partners and communities to make Fife a fair, equal, and inclusive place to live, work and study.
FCE is a local information and resource centre that helps organisations and businesses with:
- Building skills and confidence in managing equality issues;
- Creating innovative inclusive practices;
- Unlocking untapped talents;
- Improving reachability and responsiveness to service users and customers.
FCE also supports individuals and communities with:
- Dismantling societal and structural barriers;
- Strengthening self-confidence to be themselves;
- Building a universal voice to champion equality, diversity, inclusion and social justice.
- The National Lottery Community Fund is the largest community funder in the UK – we’re proud to award money raised by National Lottery players to communities across England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Since June 2004, we have made over 200,000 grants and awarded over £9 billion to projects that have benefited millions of people. We are passionate about funding great ideas that matter to communities and make a difference to people’s lives. At the heart of everything we do is the belief that when people are in the lead, communities thrive. Thanks to the support of National Lottery players, our funding is open to everyone. We’re privileged to be able to work with the smallest of local groups right up to UK-wide charities, enabling people and communities to bring their ambitions to life.
- Fife Equalities Forum is a forum supported by FCE for Fife-based equality organisations to share updates about their services and share their views about advancing equality and inclusion in everything that are happening in Fife. The forum meets once a month and it currently has 42 members.
- STAND (Striving Towards a New Day) was set up in September 2019. The core purpose of the group is to provide peer support for people living with a diagnosis of younger onset dementia and their families and friends. They also engage in meaningful and therapeutic activities that enhance their wellbeing and sense of purpose. The group are strongly connected to the Dementia Friendly Fife Project and support this with involvement in training and activism.
- Previous awardees include:
- Fife Bangladeshi Association – Bengali Educational Materials for Children and Young People
- Community in Cupar – Care Packages and Food Donations for Minority Ethnic Families
- Fife Crafty Carers – Materials for Crafty Carers
- New Beginnings – Personalised Self-Care Packages of members of Men Shed
- Seafield Environmental Group – Promotion of Beach Clean-up
- Transgender Fife – Provision of Safe Space for Members’ Meetings
- Valleyfield Heritage Project – Miners Wives Art Mural
- Wild Fife Babies and Bairns – Outdoor Educational Materials for Babies and Bairns
- Aberdour Refugee Support Group – community support for refugee resettlement
- Friary Knitting Group – provision of knitted items to communities in need
- Kincardine Toddler Group – supporting children’s learning and development through play
- Oakley Toddler Group – creation of a safe, happy and welcoming environment for all children and parents
- St Monans Community Larder – provision of fresh and healthy food to the community
- STAND (Striving Towards a New Day) – support for people of all ages living with dementia