Applications now open for Community Choices Fund

News story posted: 20/06/2016

Applications are now open for the Community Choices FundApplications are now open for a new £2 million fund giving communities the opportunity to vote on how money is spent in their area.


The £2 million Community Choices Fund will be targeted at work in deprived areas, and for the first time community groups as well as all public authorities, including local authorities, will be able to apply for funding to organise their own Community Choices participatory budgeting events.


Participatory budgeting (PB) is way for local people to have a direct say in how, and where, public funds can be used to address local requirements. PB is used alongside other models of community engagement and empowerment as part of a wider strategic approach to advancing participatory democracy. For more information on PB, please visit http://pbscotland.scot/.


These events give communities the opportunity to make decisions on how and where investment is spent in their area – for example employability initiatives, projects that encourage volunteering, and training for young people.


Applications close on 29 July. For more information, including how to apply and further guidance from community groups and community councils, visit www.gov.scot/Topics/People/engage/CommunityChoicesFund.


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