£2m funding pot to assist social enterprises in Aberdeen attain web zero 

SOCIAL enterprises in Aberdeen can now apply for a share of a £2m funding pot designed to assist voluntary organisations with the transition to web zero.

The Social Enterprise Simply Transition Fund – supported by the Scottish Authorities – has been prolonged following a profitable pilot yr, throughout which seven social enterprises obtained monetary assist for sustainable tasks.

A Simply Transition means shifting to a extra sustainable financial system, diversifying the regional financial system away from carbon-intensive industries, guaranteeing the creation of excellent, inexperienced jobs and guaranteeing all communities instantly profit and contribute to the area’s future prosperity.

Managed by Social Funding Scotland (SIS), the Simply Transition Fund affords sums of between £20,000 and £400,000 comprising a mixture of grant and mortgage funding.

The Aberdeen Arts Centre secured finance to assist its amenities transition to web zero.

Candidates should reveal their organisation’s dedication to a simply transition by delivering totally different outcomes.

These embody empowering and invigorating native communities, sharing the advantages of local weather motion to handle social inequalities and addressing points associated to gasoline poverty.

Among the many organisations that obtained assist by means of the fund final yr is the Aberdeen Arts Centre, which secured finance to assist with web zero upgrades to its amenities.

Following a £34,000 award from the fund, the centre revamped its stage lighting, with 15 new LED lanterns serving to to chop its vitality footprint.

Màiri McAllan, MSP, Cupboard Secretary for Transport, Internet Zero and Simply Transition, added: “The Scottish Authorities is determinedly supporting communities within the North East and Moray to make the transition to web zero.

“It has been nice to see the passion with which social enterprises have responded to the Social Enterprise Simply Transition Fund and this yr we have now doubled funding assist from the Scottish Authorities.

“I encourage social enterprises within the North East and Moray to use with sustainable tasks which can assist to convey environmental and financial profit, inexperienced jobs and better equality to the area.”

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