The Foundation is particularly concerned about divisions in communities that occurred around the 2016 Referendum and subsequently. The Social Cohesion programme will look to support grassroots organisations at a very local level where there are issues which identify marginalised groups of people (especially those from within the Foundation’s priorities, but not exclusively) who are excluded. Project applications should seek to propose ways to make communities more inclusive for the betterment of all.
The aim of the new programme is:
To proactively work towards building better community cohesion and trust, and encouraging respect and understanding in the local area
To proactively promote the inclusion of marginalised groups and individuals in the life of the local community
To fund work which breaks down barriers and tensions in the local community thereby reducing feelings of division and “them and us”.