Business in the Community Scotland is based in Edinburgh and supports businesses across the country to operate more sustainably and responsibly, and to help address inequalities in their local communities.
It runs a number of community-focussed programmes, designed to alleviate poverty through raising aspirations, improving educational attainment and increasing employability. These include ‘Ready for Work’, which provides work placements with large employers for disadvantaged individuals who are furthest removed from the labour market; ‘Business Class’, in which local businesses provide mentoring, career guidance and enterprising opportunities for secondary school pupils; and ‘Reading Partners’, a paired reading programme which The Robertson Trust has supported since 2016.
Having initially awarded £17,500 towards the expansion of the paired reading programme in 2016, Business in the Community successfully applied for a £35,000 2-3 year continuation of this award in 2017.
To find out more about the organisation, its work and its award from The Robertson Trust, watch the video below.
How this fits with our Giving Strategy...
In order to successfully apply for funding under our Giving Strategy 2016-19, applicants must demonstrate how their work will contribute to one or more of the themes within the Trust's three new funding strands.
This application was eligible as a result of its fit with the following theme:
Funding Strand: Realising Potential Theme 1: Enabling young peopel to realise their potential
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