A NEW grant scheme will help support groups in Prestonpans and Cockenzie and Port Seton with funding of up to £2,000.

Inch Cape Offshore Ltd has worked with Foundation Scotland to launch a new fund to provide grants across the communities.

The fund aims to tackle the effects of poverty and inequality, such as isolation, ill health and access to services, and support initiatives to improve the local environment.

Initiatives may include local groups taking action to reduce loneliness, or those supporting projects to improve mental or physical health and wellbeing or increase access to learning. It could also include organisations with projects to improve the local environment and contribute to a sustainable future.

Grants of up to £2,000 are now available to community groups and charities through the newly launched Inch Cape Construction Fund.

A total of £45,000 will be made available in the first 12 months.

Groups and organisations working to benefit people resident in the Prestonpans or Cockenzie and Port Seton Community Council areas can apply. Applications from groups/organisations located outwith the fund area will only be considered if the project they are proposing demonstrates links with local groups/organisations and demonstrates clear benefits for residents within the fund area.

Funding is allocated based on decisions by selected Inch Cape Offshore Limited staff, with support from Foundation Scotland.

Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm will be located off the Angus coast, while its onshore substation is under construction at the site of the former Cockenzie Power Station, where electricity generated by the offshore turbines will be brought ashore.

Discussions are being held amongst members at Prestonpans Community Council and Cockenzie & Port Seton Community Council about what projects could benefit.

Go to tinyurl.com/54scu6v4 to apply.