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£1.5m for Community Choices Fund

Published: 24 Oct 2017 10:32

People to have more say on how money is spent.

Communities from Arbroath to Ullapool will share £1.5 million to increase the numbers of people involved in making decisions about investment in their local areas.

A total of 33 organisations from across Scotland were successful in securing Community Choices Funding in 2017/18 to host events and find new ways to encourage participation in financial decision making.

The fund, which targets deprived communities, received 91 applications with 16 successful community organisations and 17 successful councils. A full list of successful applicants is provided below.

The projects include:

  • The Cranhill Development Trust in Glasgow will use £39,590 to work with One Parent Families Scotland in Riddrie and Cranhill to help reduce the impact of school holidays on family poverty and food insecurity
  • Midlothian Council will also work with schools and parents to tackle poverty, using its award of £30,000 to support families in Mayfield, Woodburn and Gorebridge cover the costs of the school day
  • The joint community councils of Moray will work with people of all ages to improve general health and wellbeing in the area using £66,500
  • Dundee City Council has secured £80,000 to involve communities from across the city in infrastructure projects

Local Government and Housing Minister Kevin Stewart said:

“What is so important about the Community Choices Fund is that it puts decisions about how we invest in communities into the hands of the people who live and work in them. Each of these projects is about making people more equal and improving their lives, for the communities themselves to lay out exactly how that should be done.

“Since 2014, £4.7 million has been invested through the Community Choices Fund.  Last year it helped support more than 1,300 local projects selected through a vote by members of the local community.  This further £1.5 million will now pave the way for even more people to get involved and make a real difference in their family, friends and neighbour’s lives."

Background

A £2 million Community Choices Fund 2017/18 builds on the Scottish Government investment in participatory budgeting over the last three years. £1.5 million was available for applications and £500,000 is for a national support programme. 

More information about participatory budgeting can be found at on the PB Scotland website.