Harbour Homes contributes £2k to participatory budget fund

Photo of Leigh handing over the cheque.

The Ripple Project has distributed £10,000 in grants to support local community initiatives in Lochend, Craigentinny and Restalrig. We were pleased to be able to contribute £2,000 to the ‘LCR Stands Up’ fund this year.

The cheque was handed over by Harbour Homes Board Member and Harbour Connections Vice Chair, Leigh Eardley (pictured above). Leigh was joined by Ngeme Ntuli, Director of Group Finance and Business Support at Harbour Homes.

‘LCR Stands Up’ is a participatory budgeting programme, which this year saw over 600 residents in the area vote to back six local projects, who each received a grant of up to £2,000 each. The grants are funded by several private donors, including Harbour Homes who own the The Ripple’s community hub building in Restalrig.

Photo of Ngeme and Leigh at The Ripple.

This year’s chosen projects were ‘Lochend Boxing Club’, ‘Tai Chi and Tea @ Craigentinny Garden’, ‘Just Dance at Disneyland’, ‘Investing in Youth Drama’, ‘The Botanical Mural at Craigentinny Primary School’ and ‘Mindfulness for Wellbeing’.

Tristan Green who leads ‘LCR Stands Up’ said: “One of the key benefits of participatory budgeting is that our local residents have democratically chosen who receives this additional funding to enhance our community.

We’re proud that over the last three years we’ve been able to support initiatives with almost £50,000 of funding. This year’s grants will be used across a spectrum of initiatives, including those supporting greater mental health, the creation of a new mural at a local primary school, the upgrade of fitness equipment at the local boxing gym and helping 20 children go to Disneyland Paris to take part in a performing arts programme.”

For anyone looking to find out more about how to get involved in participatory budgeting or support future ‘LCR Stands Up’ campaigns, contact Tristan at Tristan.green@theripple.org.uk or visit www.rippleproject.co.uk.