Gateway Exchange Fund


Background
The Gateway Exchange Fund aims to support those who are seeking funding assistance to promote healing, creative self expression, transformation and renewal through innovative projects which can make a difference in areas of deprivation and need throughout Scotland.  

You can apply to Community Grants for a grant application, as this fund does not receive direct applications.

The Gateway Exchange (as it was known then) was a centre in Abbeymount, Edinburgh where people with backgrounds of prison, drug abuse and mental health problems worked together to create a project, which emphasised the creative potential and human resources of everyone involved. Set up by Sara and Jimmy Boyle, after Jimmy’s release from prison in 1981, the achievements included exhibitions of painting, sculpture and photography, publications of prison writings, the creation of the Mandela Theatre, a pottery, darkroom, video and recording facilities.

The Gateway Exchange Trust gave start up funding to Calton Athletic in Glasgow and the Big Issue in Scotland, as well as supporting inviduals and groups tackle problems of social exclusion and deprivation through a variety of innovative and exciting projects which have made a significant difference over the years. In recent years it has also given funding for some individuals to have access to professional counselling, and counselling training through the Gateway Exchange Opportunities Trust. The emphasis at present is to support these services through funding projects rather than individuals. 

How grants will be made  
Grant awards of up to £5,000 will be available to constitution, not for profit groups.

Priority for grant awards will be given to projects which seek to involve or empower people to move on with their lives or fulfill their potential, where they would otherwise not have the opportunity. For example, ex-offenders, people recovering from addiction or individuals with mental health problems or recovering from abuse.  In particular, creative projects involving the arts or those with therapeutic, healing and spiritual benefits will be a priority.

The original spirit of the Gateway Exchange was that no matter what path we have walked in life we all have within a seed of innate potential...when the right resources are made available this seed can blossom and the human spirit of each individual can then uplift and inspire others.

You can apply to Community Grants for a grant application, as this fund does not receive direct applications.

Advisers to the Fund
(Dr) Sara Trevelyan (formerly Boyle) has been involved in the Gateway Exchange from the very beginning.  "This has felt an exciting challenge and a privilege over the years.  My professional work is in counselling/psychotherapy and healing and my commitment is to continue to support individuals committed to personal growth and transformation, especially those who are wanting to work in ways that benefit others, as well as themselves."

Rodney Stares served as an adviser to the Trustees of the Gateway Exchange Trust throughout its existence.  An economist by training, he has worked extensively in the design of projects, programmes and institutions in the area of economic and community development including grass-roots leadership development.  "I feel privileged to continue as an adviser to the Gateway Exchange in its new format".     
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Gateway Exchange Fund