2013/14 Main Grant Programme Awards



An allotment group based in an area suffering multiple health inequalities has been granted £6,000 by the OneCity Trust to upgrade and improve its plots. The Piershill Plotters will use the funds to build a shelter with a stove, purchase 50 tonnes of topsoil to improve the quality of the fruit and vegetables grown, and for events such as basket weaving classes and open days. They will even create a community mosaic to increase the sense of ownership and pride in the garden!

It is hoped that the outcomes from this work will be health improvement through increased exercise and people eating more fresh fruit and vegetables, development of skills such as cooking and crafts, and that the group will be strenthened to work together to create a social community space and welcome others from the neighbourhood.


£6,000 was granted to the Edinburgh Food Project to contribute towards warehousing costs for the coming year.The North West Foodbank had been using management committee members’ garages to store food, but the programme is experiencing such demand that bigger premises are required. The Foodbank provides emergency food packs to last three days to an average of 150 people every month. All recipients are referred to the foodbank by frontline care agencies.

With a new warehouse, the Food Project hopes to work with the other foodbanks in the city to improve co-ordination and economies of scale. The Food Project stages major collections at local supermarkets, and sees itself as an ideal way for people in a community who have advantages help those without.


A grant of £5000 was given to EGP to fund garden SOS sessions, which will transform eight gardens of older or disabled people which need heavy clearance before they become part of the regular Garden Partners service. Volunteers carry out the clearance work; some will be vulnerable young people from organsations such as the Rock Trust and Bethany Christian Trust, and others will be from private sector companies looking for corporate social responsibility opportunities.

Following the SOS work, each older or disabled person who is unable to maintain their own garden will be matched with a volunteer gardener who is looking for space to grow food. Produce is shared between the garden owner and volunteer gardener. Garden sharing helps isolated older and disabled people to remain independent in their own homes, improving health and wellbeing for both garden owner and garden volunteer and increases community capacity and connectedness.

Previous beneficiaries of the One City Trust

Two grants were awarded which continued two projects previously funded by the Trust which had applied for multi-year funding. Each project was externally assessed for their previous performance.


Managed by the LGBT Health and Wellbeing Centre, an award of £7,000

The Transgender Support Programme aims to reduce social isolation of this extremely marginalised group, improving mental health, confidence and skills, while creating a more supportive environment through working with parents, partners and relatives. The programme provides:-

  • Monthly gatherings
  • Peer support meetings
  • Transgender swimming sessions, and other sports after consultation
  • Life skills and practical skills courses
  • Focus groups and consultation
  • Helpline, information and advocacy
  • Support to family members

The One City Trust grant funds about half of the costs of the project, with the Equalities and Human Rights Commission also providing funds.

breakfast club

Children from the Canal View Primary breakfast club and their head teacher show the Lord Provost and representatives of Wates, the club sponsor, and Aegon their new equipment


Managed by Big Hearts Community Trust, an award of 5,000

The AEGON Breakfast Clubs project provides a healthy breakfast and a positive start for upwards of 1,000 children living in deprived areas every day. The project is jointly funded by AEGON, NHS Lothian and the City of Edinburgh Council, and each participating school can be sponsored by a local business. Big Hearts Community Trust, the Heart of Midlothian Football Club’s trust, provides match tickets and office accommodation/administrative support for the project co-ordinator. The One City Trust grant pays for replacement crockery and toasters, as well as staff aprons, thought books for participating children and Hearts souvenirs.


Publication of three issues of a local arts newsletter was funded by the Trust from 2009-2011. The grant allowed local volunteers to gain IT skills, writing for print media and photography skills. The arts project gained valuable publicity and increased participation of Craigmillar residents in the artistic opportunities provided.

Total grant awarded: £1,500



Funded over two years, the SBT targeted children in their pre-school year in areas of deprivation across the city. A backpack complete with two books, a whiteboard set and information for parents was given to 1,166 children over the course of the project, supported by fun events and challenges involving children and their carers. The aim was to stimulate a love of reading in children from deprived backgrounds, to enable them to start school ready to learn to read, write and concentrate. The project received funding from the Fairer Scotland Fund, and the City of Edinburgh Council, and was a collaboration between the library service and early years and the SBT.

Total grant awarded: £23,482



This fresh, innovative and well linked project has partner funding from the British Council, NHS Lothian and Simpson House and works with the Mela, Lothian and Borders Police, the City of Edinburgh Council’s Equalities Unit and other organisations. D&D is a production which will be performed in Edinburgh and provide web-based viewing. Children affected by substance misuse or of African heritage will perform the play which aims to dispel negative images, question prejudice, celebrate diversity and difference, and promote understanding.



Developing, promoting and supporting volunteering in local neighbourhoods.

Volunteering Hubs work locally to promote volunteering and support people, especially those most socially isolated and least likely to volunteer independently, into volunteering opportunities. Through volunteering in local projects and services people actively contribute to thier local community and improve confidence, skills, health and wellbeing.