Community Recovery Funding

Funding to help the community recover from COVID

The Scottish Government’s Community Recovery fund is supporting community groups in Dunbar and East Linton to recover from the effects of the pandemic. The application was coordinated by Sustaining Dunbar and benefits around 30 groups and organisations across the Dunbar and East Linton Ward.

The award of £32,000 will enable Sustaining Dunbar to support the What If Network of local groups to create and deliver a community-led recovery plan for the area, working alongside the Community Councils and the Area Partnership. We believe that the recovery must go beyond just getting back to where we were before the pandemic. We are therefore working together for Dunbar and district to be a home to thriving people, in a thriving place, while respecting the wellbeing of all people, and the health of the whole planet.

As part of the What If Network, Sustaining Dunbar will coordinate networks focusing on specific themes: the first two are the Local Good Food Alliance and the Community Halls Network. Future themes will depend on the interest of members and partners, but may include supporting a living and lived in town centre, and mental health and wellbeing.

The practical support we can provide to members includes organising and facilitating meetings; promoting members’ work locally and beyond; and help with fund raising.

In addition to the above, five members of the What If Network have been awarded funding for specific activities:

  • The Ridge: The management time involved to develop the business model to deliver premises as a National Traditional Skills training centre based in Dunbar accessible to all, and review and revise all systems, policies and procedures in light of COVID-19 as well as the salary of temporary part time admin-support worker. £26,000
  • Dunbar Basics Bank: The trial of voucher scheme with local food retailers. £11,340
  • Dunbar Dementia Network: The staff costs for coordinator to support households coping with dementia. £2,340
  • Dunbar Day Centre: Computer equipment to enable staff to work safely and efficiently from home. £2,000
  • Lynton Day Centre: Food packaging for the delivery of freshly cooked lunches to clients. £1,200

Read more about the What If Network and how you can get involved.