Numerous community groups in Dundee are starting the New Year on a high after being awarded vital funds from ARISE Dundee..  


These are the first awards the funding scheme has given, since it was launched in November by Land Securities, the commercial property company which owns Overgate shopping centre.

ARISE Dundee– the Alliance to Reward Initiatives and Social Enterprise – aims to offer financial support to community projects and it has been inundated with requests for funding.

Organisations to benefit from the cash boost include St Ninian’s Stay and Play Family Support Group, 6th/8th Boys Brigade, the Aspire Project, the Food Train, Bus Stop, Carr Gomm and Salto Gymnastics & Trampoline Club.

Each group will use the money to purchase various types of equipment and material to help their organisation. This includes new gardening equipment for Carr Gomm, a portable hand sink for St Ninian’s Stay and Play Family Support Group and new windows for Bus Stop.

Morag Dennis, chair of ARISE and Operations Manager at Overgate, said: “It’s a great start to 2014 for these seven groups and the funding each has received will have a significant impact on the service they are able to provide to the Dundee community.

“All of these community organisations are carrying out vital work and the committee is thrilled to be able to support each of them.”

“ARISE Dundee only launched in November 2013 and we have been overwhelmed with the amount of applications we have had for funding. No request has been the same and we have received applications for all different kinds of equipment and material.”

This is the third ARISE initiative Land Securities has launched following the success of other projects in West Lothian and Leeds.

Funding recipient, the Food Train, applied to ARISE Dundee for money for new uniforms. The organisation offers grocery shopping, befriending and household support service for older people assisting and enabling them to live at home independently for as long as they are able.

Grant Simmons, regional manager of the Food Train, said: “I would like to thank ARISE for supporting Food Train Dundee. This funding will enable us to purchase much needed uniforms for our volunteers.

“These uniforms help our customers identify the volunteers easily when delivering the groceries but also make our volunteers visible in the community.”   

Groups, organisations and individuals that live within the DD1-DD5 postcode area are able to apply for awards of up to £1,000 from a £10,000 pot.

Morag added: “I would encourage any community group in Dundee who is in need of additional financial support to get in touch and apply to ARISE.”

The deadline for applications for this round of funding is Friday, January 31st.

To request an application form please contact Beattie Communications on 0844 842 5490 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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