Spirit of Dumbiedykes -

A Fourteen Community


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Spirit of Dumbiedykes is part of Spirit of 2012’s Glasgow Commonwealth Games legacy programme Fourteen; instigated by Spirit’s investment in the Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games and its legacy around the UK. 14 communities across the UK have been identified as Fourteen communities that will each receive a resource budget of up to £250,000 over three years to invest in activity that local people themselves believe will make a difference to well-being and happiness within their community. Spirit of Dumbiedykes is the local name for the Fourteen programme in Dumbiedykes. The programme will operate from January 2015 through to December 2017

A Panel of local people has been established to oversee the distribution of the Spirit of Dumbiedykes resource budget which will be informed by the ideas and aspiration of community groups and local people in Dumbiedykes. Over time this Panel may change so we will always need a pool of community members interested in volunteering for Spirit of Dumbiedykes.

See below for grants programmes which are currently open:

Get Set! provides grants of up to £10,000 to community organisations. All projects must demonstrate a direct benefit to the residents of Dumbiedykes. Get Set! is open now with a deadline for applications Monday October 30th.

Live Well Fund seeks to support groups that are providing services, activities and support to vulnerable and disadvantaged people living in Edinburgh through the provision of food or food education. Constituted groups can apply for up to £2,000 for projects that demonstrate how food or food education will be provided in Dumbiedykes. The deadline for applications is Monday 30th October.

On Your Marks is for constituted groups to apply for £250 - £2000.  Please note,  you must spend your grant and complete the project within 12 months. On Your Marks is open now with a deadline for applications Monday October 30th.

Sparks! is designed to release small amounts of funding into communities by supporting individuals or groups of local people and neighbours who want to run local projects for the benefit of other community members. Individuals and informal groups can apply for a Spark grant of up to £500. Constituted groups, organisations or businesses are not eligible for Sparks. 

Applications to both On Your Marks, and Sparks! must demonstrate a direct benefit to the residents of Dumbiedykes. 

Get Active! Get Creative! Bursary is specifically designed for children and young people living in Dumbiedykes aged between 10 and 18 years. You can to apply for up to £250 to develop a skill and/or a talent in relation to the arts or sports. 

Dumbiedykes Arts Project 

In September 2016  community artists were invited to submit a tender to deliver an arts project in Dumbiedykes centred around the themes of pride and identity, people and place. Following a shortlisting process and a public vote during November and December 2016, Hans K Clausen with 'Highlighter' was selected as the winning project. Hans will be working with Dumbiedykes citizens throughout 2017 to deliver the the 'Highlighter'.  This will will lead to the creation of a number of new art installations in the area. Read more about what the project entails and how to get involved.

Making A Difference

What underpins the Spirit of Dumbiedykes programme?

Spirit of Dumbiedykes encompasses the following ideas:

Passing the baton!

Spirit of Dumbiedykes has four main outcomes - or differences that it hopes to contribute to. These are:

  • Improving individual well-being;

  • Improving perceptions towards disability and impairment;

  • Overcoming isolation;

  • Connecting people within communities

Spirit of Dumbiedykes hopes to achieve this kind of impact through focusing on four priority areas:

  • Social action and volunteering;

  • Grass roots sport and physical activity;

  • Cultural activity and arts;

  • Youth development

So do make sure your project fits with one or more of these outcomes and one or more of the priorities.

Nurturing the ideas and aspirations of local people

Spirit of Dumbiedykes Community Panel has formed an events working group to plan, organise and run regular events in the community. Most recent ones include the Christmas Carol event and Summer Fun Day. They are keen to hear from anyone in Dumbiedykes who may have some time to spare to get involved and to help out. If you are interested please do get in touch! 

Everyone is welcome!
By encouraging and building friendships, connections and collaboration, Spirit of Dumbiedykes wants to build links and partnerships between individuals and groups that will strengthen community spirit.
So think about how your project can be widened to include others either as volunteers or participants. Spirit of Dumbiedykes would really like to see if any of the work it supports can encourage greater participation in community activity by those with disabilities or increasing connection and understanding between different generations. 

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In addition to the Spirit of Dumbiedykes grant, the group provides as little or as much as it can afford (time, money, expertise) to help ensure the project is a really positive experience for everyone.


Spirit of Dumbiedykes can support a wide range of costs and activities including running costs for local groups, training, transport, volunteer staff or sessional worker costs/expenses, equipment hire and let costs. Spirit of Dumbiedykes cannot support capital costs or replace old equipment. Spirit of Dumbiedykes can only support the cost of new equipment where this ensures that more people can participate in the activity or project.


Get Set! - closing date for applications is 30th October

Live Well Fund - closing date for applications has been extended until 30th October

On your Marks! - closing date for applications is extended until 30th October

Sparks! - closing date for applications is 30th October

Get Active! Get Creative! Bursary; closing date for applications is extended until 30th October





How to Apply

Get Set! Grants

Please read the guidance prior to completing the online application form or alternatively download the application form.

Live Well Fund

Please read the guidance prior to completing the application form

On Your Marks! Grants

Please read the guidance prior to completing the online application form or alternatively download the application form.

Sparks! Grant

Please read the Q&A prior to completing the application form. 

Get Active! Get Creative! Bursary

Please completing the application form and return.

If you require any assistance, please contact Rosalind at Foundation Scotland on 0131 524 0300


Latest Grants

Get Set 

Canongate Youth

  • To contribute to the cost of a free Children’s Work and Play Ranger service in South Central Edinburgh.
  • Amount Awarded: £9,711

Libertus Services

  • To continue and develop the Positive Futures Project activity groups, including staff costs, volunteer expenses, and core costs.
  • Amount Awarded: £5,000


Live Well Spirit Fund

Royal Mile Primary School and Parent Council

  • To involve the students and work in partnership with the local community cafe in Dumbiedykes to provide the pupils with fresh food and healthy snacks on a daily basis.
  • Amount Awarded: £1,000


  • To fund ‘Healthy Food, Healthy Pockets’ a project that will deliver weekly cookery workshops for the local community.
  • Amount Awarded: £5,722

Access to Industry

  • To develop a living well programme centred around the Braidwood Centre community garden to be delivered March - November 2018, including staff costs, equipment and refreshments.
  • Amount Awarded: £3,110


On Your Marks!

Salvation Army

  • To provide weekly brass and music tuition sessions "Music Makers" for school age children of P5 and up.
  • Amount Awarded: £1,470

Braidwood Neighbourhood Centre Association

  • To fund a day trip to the pantomime for children and their parents/carers in Dumbiedykes.
  • Amount Awarded: £1,720
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