Scottish Government's £1m Social Entrepreneurs Fund hands out first grants

Awards made to enterprises working with the homeless and disadvantaged young people

The first grants have been made from the Scottish Government's £1m Social Entrepreneurs Fund.

The fund, which was launched in November, is intended to help start up new social enterprises and get unemployed people into work.

Among the five first recipients is Platform, an Edinburgh-based social enterprise, which received £2,800 to provide coaching, counselling and work placements for disadvantaged young people.

Other projects include a scheme to support homeless people through football and an initiative to offer a low-cost working centre for local film-makers.

Enterprise minister Jim Mather said: "In a challenging economic climate it is all the more important that we maximise opportunities for social enterprises and the third sector more widely to help Scotland emerge stronger from the current downturn."

The fund is administered by Firstport, a charity working to help new social entrepreneurs and social enterprises. It will spend £500,000 a year for two years and make a total of 200 awards. Grants will vary between £500 and £20,000.

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