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Supporting local action for a better Edinburgh
Since 2017, the University of Edinburgh has provided grants to local community organisations for projects which have a positive social impact for people living locally. The emphasis is on supporting groups who have the least in a city which is one of the most unequal in the UK (Edinburgh Poverty Commission, 2020). While partnership between community organisations and the University is encouraged, the ethos is that communities know what they need and how to achieve it. Four years in, the longer-term positive impacts of some funded projects are now being seen.
The Y2K ‘180’ project, seed-funded by the University in 2018, is going strong and has been in even more need by young people due to the pandemic. The University is one of very few globally to make community-led funding awards and offers the most funding out of all. Still, conscious that £50,000 per year is still modest, the University has both doubled this figure in practice and provided other support alongside it.
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