Keep on Running

Friday is a busy work day for me so there is not usually much done by me on Portobello Central work on Fridays but I’d passed the baton of the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF) application over to Geoff on Thursday night.

On Thursday night sitting in my car “office” while my daughter was at athletics, listening to the Friends of Porty Prom AGM on zoom on my phone, still flying high from the Awards for All £10,000 success on Thursday, I had boldly reworked the numbers up and decided to ask for £820,000 of funding on a £1.3M project.

In for a penny, in for a pound. Nothing ventured, nothing gained and any other cliches you care to throw into the joys of funding applications. You have to be in to win?

Geoff duly did his magic on Friday and edited my long, garbled version into a shorter, more coherent version. You have 3 pages at font size 12 to answer 9 set questions in the RCGF, plus a page for the sums. We’ve settled on asking for £370,000 of urgent works to make the building safe and £450,000 to swap out the ageing boilers and replace them with an energy efficient, carbon neutral, alternative on a project of £1.3M (including revenue costs). The baton was back to me Friday night and all I really had to do was approve the changes, The application has been shared round the team today and will be sent to our council contact Sunday evening. Keep everything crossed for us. 

Meanwhile others were working away on Porty Central business; Lynn has had good funding conversations with funders of social entrepreneurs and Geoff chased up the Council for an official next step and we got a mention in the Daily Record on Friday night.

New website and podcast highlights the benefits of transforming land in Scotland – Daily Record

This is part of the launch of the Scottish Land Commission’s #MyLandScotland campaign to inspire people to think about land differently. The focus of the article was Bellfield but yours truly sneaked in a Portobello Central mention saying:

“I am lucky enough to have been involved in both the Bellfield buy out by Action Porty and in the Portobello Central negotiations to bring Portobello Town Hall under community management and ownership.”

The article was output from the day we had @exploringedinburgh visiting so although Friday is not typically a Porty Central work day for me, things worked on earlier were bearing fruits yesterday,   

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