Individual Youth Grants Scheme


                          Club of Currie Balerno

Individual Youth Grants Scheme

The Rotary Club of Currie Balerno offers a range of grants to support young people and help them develop their leadership and educational skills.Support is available, as set out below, for young people performing at National and International level in their respective disciplines,eg  sporting,cultural, humanitarian, eco excellence, who require support with training and travel costs.
The Scheme is open to all young people who attend or have attended Currie High School, Balerno High School or Wester Hailes Education Centre, or live within the catchment areas of these 3 schools.

Generally, grants are considered for young people who meet at least one of the following criteria:
Currently compete or perform in National competitions that incur costs which are not covered by other types of funding
Is undertaking a leadership or educational programme

Awards  up to £250 and will be dependent on a range of factors such as funding already in place from other sources, number of national or international events that the applicant will be attending as well as their individual circumstances.

Applicants should complete an application form which is available by following this link

Youth Grant Application Form March 2019.pdf

Applications should be submitted by the end of May and November of each year.

Completed forms should be returned via email or by post to the Chair of the International and Charity Committee. These details are included at the bottom of the application form.

 Rotary  also has schemes such as RYLA and the Georgia Scholarship Programme,
You can find outInformation about RYLA here

RYLA Information Sheet.pdf

 and the Georgia Scholarship Programme here 
Details are sent to schools separately. These programmes are fully funded but requests for help with travel will be considered in cases of hardship. 


Sent to C & B News for September 2109 issue

Earlier this year the Currie Balerno Rotary Club set up an Individual Youth Grants scheme to provide grants of up to £250 to support outstanding young achievers in our community. It is available for young people performing at national or international level in sporting or cultural disciplines, who seek a contribution towards training and travel costs.

Information was sent to local secondary schools and posted on our Club website and we were delighted with the response. Four candidates met our criteria. They were Anna Purves (Judo), Mary Kong (Badminton) and Ewan McLellan (Artistic Gymnast) – all from Currie High School – and Hannah Irving (Gymnast) from Balerno High School. Here’s what they have achieved so far.

Hannah Irving has been doing gymnastics for some 9 years and has competed nationally and internationally. She has been a medal winner in Scottish, British and European championships.

Anna Purves won Scottish junior judo championships in 2015, 2017 and 2018 and was British Schools champion in 2019. Also in 2019 she won Bronze at an international competition in Denmark and Silver in Belgium. In 2018 she was selected for the Judo Scotland Talent Development Performance squad.

Mary Kong became the Scottish Schools Badminton Union Under 18s champion (girls singles) having earlier won 2 Under 15s titles (girls singles) and an Under 16s title (girls doubles). She has represented Scotland in international competitions in Glasgow, and in England, Ireland, Wales, Belgium and France

Euan McLellan (Artistic Gymnast) has competed on floor, vault, rings, high bar, parallel bars and pommel. At the 2019 Scottish Gymnastics he won bronze overall in the men’s Under 18s, having won silver on pommel and bronze on rings and vault. He then competed in the British Gymnastics Championship in Liverpool. At Currie High School he has been made Young Male Ambassador for Sport with responsibility for encouraging and developing sport in the school.

In December 2109 Euan wrote:
 I'm  emailing now to say thank you and to tell you about how helpful the grant was for this year. After the camp in August, I had a competition - the London open - to which I gained a bronze medal on parallel bars and I came 11th overall with a personal best score.

These remarkable young athletes attended a Rotary Club meeting where they each gave a brief account of their achievements so far and their hopes for the future and they were each presented with a cheque for £250 towards their competition costs. The Club is proud to be associated with such talented and dedicated young people.


Sent to C & B News for February 2020 issue

We were delighted to make a further two awards in December to hockey player Katie Swanson and ballet dancer Clara Mapletoft. Both are students at Balerno Community High School.
Katie was selected for the Under 16 Scotland Girls hockey team in 2016/17 and 2017/18 playing in Holland, Wales, Ireland and Ulster and she has represented Scotland in the UK School Games at both U16 and U18 level. She is currently in her second year with the U18 Scotland team, having recently played against Malaysia and captained the squad against Ireland. Katie hopes to be selected for the team to play in the European A Division competition in Russia later this year.
Clara’s ambition is to become a professional ballet dancer and she trains 3 days a week in Edinburgh and a further 2 days in Glasgow with Scottish Ballet and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She was selected as one of only 16 for the Scottish Ballet senior programme out of more than 600 applicants.
Our Club is delighted to support Katie and Clara and we wish them every success in 2020 and beyond.


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