Arts charity takes share of £550,000 funding award

Arts charity North Edinburgh Arts has been handed £300,000 to expand its creative arts and community venue in one of the most deprived areas in Scotland.

It has received the money from Foundation Scotland to increase the size of the site in Muirhouse, which is the focus of targeted regeneration including 700 new homes.

The funding will enable the charity to turn its two-story venue into the ‘MacMillan Hub’ to support the local community and focus on the most disadvantaged residents.

“This new capital project will allow North Edinburgh Arts to flourish and bring a first-class facility" to the area, said the charity’s chair Lesley Hinds.

“NEA is a special place for the community of North Edinburgh and is a trusted anchor organisation now fully in community ownership.”

In addition, Foundation Scotland has handed Griffnock Soccer Centre a £250,000 award to construct two new pitches to offer clubs and classes for all abilities.

This involves the creation of a new charity the GSC Foundation to deliver social inclusion support in the local areas.

“These awards will deliver significant social impact within local communities,” said Foundation Scotland head of social investment Chris Holloway.

“We’ve worked closely with both organisations to get to this stage, and we will continue to provide support through the next exciting phases.”

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