Community Ideas Fund

We are working with local groups across Edinburgh to help us reach people who have a good idea that could benefit their local community and offer funding and support.

We are doing this by asking groups to help us run mini competitions in their community inviting micro ideas which can be tested out to see if they can be developed into something bigger.

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Have you got a great idea to make a positive change in your community in Edinburgh? Firstport are getting together with Edinburgh Soup at the Assembly Roxy on Thursday 26th October.

So if you’ve got a great idea and you feel comfortable pitching this idea to the audience at Edinburgh Soup – apply now! As well as the chance to win the money collected on the door there will be two extra pots of £500 to pitch for, seeing one winner leaving with £500 plus the door money and the person with next highest amount of audience votes leaving with a guaranteed £500. You’ll be expected to start and complete your project in the next 5 months so make it realistic and achievable but also something that gets the audience excited.

And if you’d like to be in the voting audience - book your place at Edinburgh Soup here! On the night there will also be a chance to see other projects funded by the Community Ideas Fund over the last year.

Community Partners

We've worked with local groups across Edinburgh to deliver the competitions.

Good Ideas Academy at The Melting Pot: After two intensive weekend camps to explore ideas, four people successfully pitched for a £500 award and are developing their ideas as part of the Good Ideas Academy Class of 2017.

Edinburgh Tool Library: Edinburgh Tool Library (ETL) is the UK’s first tool library, promoting sharing as a way of reducing environmental impact. ETL worked with Firstport and CGI to develop the 'Volunteer Assembly', a gathering where volunteers vote on projects proposed by members of the public. Two projects have been funded so far - watch this space for information on the next Volunteer Assembly!

Community Alliance Trust: Community Alliance Trust is a development trust set up in 2011 to develop community assets and new social enterprise initiatives in the Craigmillar area and improve the quality of life of residents. We’ve made five awards so far.

North Edinburgh Arts: We have linked with North Edinburgh Arts and the people of Muirhouse and Pilton to find those people with good ideas for their communities. Our first awardee was 16 year old Annie Cheung.

Leith Creative: We are working with Leith Creative to encourage people to make the positive changes they want to see in the community in Leith. Leith Creative has been awarded funding from the Scottish Government, City of Edinburgh Council and Creative Scotland to run a series of  discussions with the people of Leith, asking them about their future vision of the area, as part of their project 'People and Places: Make Leith Better'. 

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The Community Ideas Fund project is sponsored by CGI. The company is committed to supporting Edinburgh’s communities through local initiatives, including social entrepreneurship, as part of its contract to deliver ICT services for the City of Edinburgh Council until 2023. The £500 grants awarded are funded by the Social Entrepeneurs Fund which is delivered by Firstport on behalf of the Scottish Government.