The Local Priority Scheme is used by the Community Council to provide financial assistance for local projects that benefit our communities. The funds come exclusively from East Lothian Council in the form of a grant. In the current year the funds available are £7,070.
Recent examples of organisations that have received funding through the scheme are as follows:
- Gullane Community Association ( Village Hall)
- Aberlady Conservation and History Society
- Direlton School Partnership
- Gullane Sports Development Trust
- Dirleton bench renewal
We welcome suggestions for spending Local Priority Scheme funds from residents and local groups that are properly constituted. We cannot pay into an individual’s bank account so a separate account should be set up before making an application.
Applications can be made at any time during the year but we recommend that these are submitted before the end of January to ensure that we have time to properly assess the merits of the project by the end of the financial year, on 31 March.
You can discuss ideas by writing to us, by contacting individual Community Councillors or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You need to complete this simple application form for bids, or get one from any Community Councillor.
When we decide amongst suggestions we have to bear in mind:
- projects that will improve the local environment.
- projects that will benefit a wide section of our communities.
- projects that would be difficult to fund from other sources.
- even-handedness across Aberlady, Dirleton, Drem and Gullane.
- projects which have been costed.
- evidence that a group has made efforts to raise some of its own funds.