Train operator offers money to community groups
Community groups across Edinburgh and the Lothians are being urged to apply for a share of £100,000 from the ScotRail Foundation.
The foundation – which distributes grants to community groups that support children or young people, and/or improve the environment or general health of communities – launched its second year of funding this week.
ScotRail staff who raise funds on an individual basis for a charity close to their hearts can also apply to the foundation for up to £250 in match funding.
In its first year, the Foundation donated £100,000 to 51 community groups and 18 charities. A further £100,000 will be given away during year two.
One local group to benefit from ScotRail’s support during the last year was the Puffin Playgroup in Prestonpans.
The ScotRail Foundation has been created to offer support to community groups whose valuable work enriches the lives of people in various parts of the country
The group received £3,000 in November 2013 to help its team of experienced staff deliver classes based on the Scottish Government’s ‘Birth to Three’ curriculum.
The deadline for community applications is Monday, 1 September. Three regional committees of ScotRail staff, who volunteered for the role, will then meet to select the groups which best meet the criteria - and successful applicants will be announced in November.
Pat Callaghan, who manages corporate social responsibility for ScotRail, said: “We believe we are much more than a railway operator, and have a significant part to play in improving our communities.
“The ScotRail Foundation has been created to offer support to community groups whose valuable work enriches the lives of people in various parts of the country.”
Foundation Scotland, an independent charity with more than 17 years of experience, manages the fund on behalf of ScotRail.
Groups interested in submitting an application should contact Foundation Scotland on 0141 341 4960, or visit foundationscotland.org.uk/scotrail for more information.