The OneCity Trust was established in 2003, as a result of the Lord Provost of Edinburgh’s Commission on Social Exclusion, with its aim to promote social inclusion and equality in the City of Edinburgh.
Like many major cities across the UK, Edinburgh continues to have substantial social challenges, with engrained poverty, inequality, and disadvantage, both within and across our communities:
• some 22% of all households in the city live on incomes below the poverty threshold;
• 22% of city children are growing up experiencing poverty with some areas showing up to 30%;
• 18% of all households in the city cannot afford the essentials of life in the UK today; the cost to tax-payers of child poverty in Edinburgh amounts to £156 million per year (according to the Child Poverty Action Group);
• 24% (53,600 households) of all Edinburgh households continue to experience fuel poverty; and
• sadly, and as a direct result of our sustaining poverty levels, 46 food banks have opened since 2014.
The last few months have been tough for everyone; the impact of the COVID19 pandemic has been far-reaching as most of the world continues to practice social distancing or some form of local 'lock down' measures. This pandemic has had devastating effects on the economy, business and personal wellbeing, as well as being a very challenging time for charities with considerable pressure being placed on their Finances and resources.
The OneCity Trust has seen a reduction in donations and our opportunities to fundraise has also greatly reduced, with our main annual fundraising Burns Supper having to be cancelled in line with Scottish Government regulations. This event alone has helped us to raise between £19,000 - £24,000 each year to be used for distribution of grants.
Before the full impact of the COVID19 pandemic was felt by the Trust, in the summer of 2020, we were able to distribute grants to the value of approx. £180,000 through our Main Grant Funding Programme.
However, the Board did receive a phenomenal amount of applications to participate in funding endeavours (a total of £408,000) than our relatively limited resources would permit. This leads to difficult decisions in establishing priorities and means that a number of important projects, cannot be supported by the OneCity Trust.
2021 sees a greatly reduced income available for distribution, yet it is expected that the need and number of applications will exceed those seen in 2020!
The OneCity Trust encourages community collaboration and is therefore dependent on the support of all of our citizens.
Can you help us to form strong partnerships with organisations that can help us to fund and deliver high impact, sustainable projects that will break down the barriers that leave excluded groups on the outskirts of society. Edinburgh should no longer be a divided city but OneCity.
Our website www.onecitytrust.com details the projects we have been able to support over the years and hopefully with your support, continue to do so for many more years to come.
"OneCity seeks to unify: I cannot think of a better goal for Edinburgh, Scotland or the world." J.K. Rowling, OneCity