Charity to help youngsters back to work

Scottish charities that help people get back to work could receive a cash boost, thanks to the Scottish Community Foundation and the May Gurney Foundation.

May Gurney, a national support services company, acquired Turriff one of Scotland’s largest utility infrastructure maintenance companies in January 2011 and believes in supporting charities in the areas it operates. The May Gurney Foundation set up in 2009, supports community based charities and good causes which help young people and the long-term unemployed get back into employment. The aim of the Foundation is to improve opportunities related to education, self help, health and wellbeing as well as supporting local environmental issues.

The May Gurney Foundation will donate £15,000 to charities in Scotland before November 2011.

The Scottish Community Foundation is calling for charities and community groups to come forward and apply for funding by 19th August 2011. Grants of up to £5,000 per approved charity or community group will be available with awards due to be made in October 2011.

“Following the success of our first two years, we’re delighted to be extending our support to other areas through the Community Foundation Network.” said Janine Daynes, Chair, MG Foundation at May Gurney.

“We have committed £100,000 per year to charities in areas where May Gurney works. Last year saw some amazing results from our donations to Norfolk, Essex, East Sussex and Bristol/Bath and this year we are focusing on Surrey, Suffolk, Scotland and Wales.

Grants will be awarded to charities and constituted community groups by a board of trustees made up of May Gurney employees and independent experts linked to the charity sector.

If your charity would like to find out how to apply for funding, please contact the Scottish Community Foundation on 0141 341 4960 or email