The Edinburgh Old Town Association (OTA) is an organisation working on behalf of those who live and work in the Old Town of Edinburgh to influence the way the area is developed and to improve the environment and quality of life. Set up in 1976 to encourage the regeneration of Edinburgh’s historic centre, the Association has grown to possess a strong and recognisable voice.
In 1994 the OTA was bequeathed part of the estate of one of its members, Mrs Sybil Brownlee. Rather than subsume the money into general funds, the OTA set up The Brownlee Old Town Trust. The fund has subsequently been augmented by residual monies following the winding up of Old Town and Southside Charitable Trust and St Ann’s Community Centre.
The Brownlee Old Town Trust gives grants to organisations or individuals for projects within or connected to the Old Town of Edinburgh of a social, educational or artistic nature, involving or of benefit to young people.
Membership of the OTA costs from as little as £5 a year. For this you get three newsletters a year and the opportunity to take part in a variety of events; plus the satisfaction of being part of a community dedicated to preserving and enhancing the Old Town of Edinburgh.