Community Projects

Community Development
We have a commitment to creating sustainable neighbourhoods; thriving, well run, and most importantly, safe places to live. Places that people are proud of and want to live in. We recognise that each of our communities are different and we provide support to sustain and strengthen the local communities, ensuring that all of our tenants have an opportunity to get involved.

If you have a brilliant idea for how you can improve your community then our Community Fund might be just what you’ve been waiting for. You might have loads of enthusiasm and great ideas for projects and improvements in your community but you need funding to get plans off the ground.

Community Fund
You can apply for funding from the Community Fund provided your project meets at least one of the following objectives:

  • A focus of Cairn tenancy sustainment or financial inclusion. For example, starter packs or furniture projects, to help support tenants moving from temporary accommodation to a secure tenancy, projects providing financial guidance and support to Cairn tenants or projects tackling fuel poverty
  • Environmental improvements such as community clean-up projects, community allotments and garden projects or healthy eating projects.
  • Enhance the quality of life in areas where Cairn tenants live. For example, projects that promote safe, healthy and vibrant communities or provide support for events that encourage community cohesion.
  • Encourage tenant participation that will positively impact on Cairn tenants and their families.

There may be additional funds available, allocated at the discretion of our Executive Team, which in some cases may be targeted towards particular groups or projects, as a result of bequests left to Cairn as a legacy gift.

Grants range from £100 to £2500 and the money can be spent on:

  • Buying or hiring equipment and tools
  • Training and education opportunities for groups
  • Paying someone to perform a task such as a gardener or joiner (but not to carry out the work yourself)
  • Paying appropriate volunteer expenses
  • Hiring venues, pay for catering or pay for activities for community events

The community fund will not ordinarily pay for the ongoing running costs of projects

Examples of projects we have funded include:

  • Allotments and community gardens
  • Herb and sensory gardens
  • Equipment for a kung-fu class
  • Photography project between a school and a retirement court
  • Art classes
  • Outdoor activities for children and young adults
  • Providing and installing shelves in a food bank

If you would like to find out more information or make an application, please contact our Communications & Engagement team or visit our website