Community Choices Fund open for applications 2017/2018

News story posted: 09/06/2017

The Scottish Government has announced that the 2017/18 Community Choices Fund is open for applications. £1.5 million of the Community Choices Fund is available in two categories of £750,000 each.


First launched in 2016/17, the Community Choices Fund is a new fund to support participatory budgeting (PB) in Scotland. Participatory budgeting (PB), also known as community choices, is a 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 and examples of PB, please visit http://pbscotland.scot/


Targeted particularly at work in deprived areas, the fund aims to build on the support provided by the Scottish Government for PB since 2014 as part of a broader agenda around democratic innovation and engaged citizenship.

Community Choices supports one of the principles of Public Service Reform, that people should have equal opportunity to participate and have their voice heard in decisions shaping their local community and society.  It complements the Scottish Government’s aspirations for the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 which will help give communities more powers to take forward their own ambitions.


There are two categories. Category one is for Public Authorities, which includes Local Authorities and other Public Bodies. Category two is for Community Organisations and Community Councils. The fund’s aim is to support PB activity that will significantly expand opportunities for more local people to make decisions on local spending priorities and contribute to local participatory democracy.


Last year Community Choices funded 16 community projects and 12 public authorities across Scotland to organise their own participatory budgeting events, including three community council-led participatory budgeting events. To learn more about the community councils and last year’s Community Choices Fund, go here: www.communitycouncils.scot/community-councils-and-community-choices.html


The closing date for applications is midnight 21 July 2017. For more information, including how to apply, visit: www.gov.scot/Topics/People/engage/CommunityChoicesFund


More information

Scottish Government - Community Choices Fund

PB Scotland - Community Choices Fund announced for 2017/18

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