Scottish Third Sector Enterprise Fund names first 12 grant recipients

Recycling project and Punjabi food supplier among winning social enterprises

The Scottish Government has handed out the first grants from its £12m Third Sector Enterprise Fund.

Twelve social enterprises, including a recycling project and an organisation providing Punjabi food, have received a total of almost £700,000 from the fund, which is aimed at developing social firms north of the border.

Organisations awarded grants include: recycling organisation Changeworks - Resources for Life, which was given £67,500; Sikh Sanjog, which provides traditional Punjabi food in Leith and was handed £69,700; and Rosemount Lifelong Learning, which offers support and training and has been awarded £69,628.

John Swinney, Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, said the grants would help recipients to expand their services.

"In an economic downturn, it is vital that we harness the ability of Scotland's third sector to connect with some of the most vulnerable people in society and create valuable employment opportunities," he said.

"I have no doubt the first 12 organisations to be supported by the fund will play a full and active role in helping to position Scotland's economy for a strong recovery."

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