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  • St Andrews University Community Fund (groups/activities in St Andrews and neighbouring communities)

    Created: 26/07/2021

    The University of St Andrews has launched Round 3 of the Community Fund to support groups and community activities in St Andrews and the surrounding area.

    Launched in April 2020, the first two rounds saw a wide range of local causes benefiting from a financial boost.

    The Community Fund has donated more than £68k to local projects since its launch, including Fife Migrants Forum, who received £3000 to support the running of a new Conversational Café in north east Fife. The Café provides people with information and signposting on how to access further education and employment opportunities, alongside advice and support to prevent poverty and increase access to local support services.

    The Cosmos Community Centre received a donation of £900 to increase wellbeing opportunities and support for the local children they care for. Assisting the children to learn through play, the donation facilitated the purchase of new games and activities to ensure the individual skills and interests of the children are a key focus. The donation also provided staff with opportunities to take part in additional training courses to support youngsters, such as Child Mental Health and Adverse Childhood Experiences.

    Who can apply?

    Applications for Round 3 of the Community Fund will be accepted from organisations and groups from across Fife, providing their activities have an impact on St Andrews and the neighbouring communities.

    The types of projects which are eligible for funding of between £250 and £3000 include those which:

    • Benefit communities in the local area (St Andrews and neighbouring communities).
    • Increase engagement between the University and the community.
    • Promote knowledge exchange and widening participation.
    • Promote environmental sustainability.
    • Promote diversity and inclusion.
    • Celebrate St Andrews and the local area’s heritage, whether physical or cultural.

    All applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The fund will prioritise small, grassroots charities and community organisations over larger organisations.

    Local branches of national charities are eligible to apply if they are financially independent and locally managed, and national charities if they have a distinctive offering to the local community.

    How to apply?

    Visit the University Community Fund page on the University website to find out more and to access application documents. Round 3 opens from Monday 12 July and will close on Friday 20 August 2021 at 17:00.

    For support in applying for this Fund, please contact Lesley Caldwell, Community Engagement and Social Responsibility Officer at St Andrews University (e-mail[email protected] or phone: +44 (0)7749 385943).

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