Community Choices funds 28 participatory budgeting events

News story posted: 03/10/2016

Coloured hands joinedCommunities across Scotland are to benefit from £1.5 million funding which will give people more power to make decisions directly on spending in their local areas.


The Community Choices Fund is targeted at work in deprived areas. For the first time, community groups as well as public authorities, including local authorities, were able to apply for funding to organise their own Community Choices budgeting events. There were 16 successful community projects and 12 public authorities across Scotland. A full list of successful applicants can be found on the Scottish Government website.


Funded community councils and community organisations include:


  • Cambuslang Community Council, South Lanarkshire
  • Kirkconnel and Kelloholm Development Trust, Dumfries and Galloway
  • Leith Links Community Council, Edinburgh
  • Melness and Tongue Community Development Trust, Highlands
  • North Carrick Community Benefit Company, South Ayrshire
  • The Joint Community Councils of Moray


Local Government and Housing Minister Kevin Stewart said: “It’s the commitment of this government to give communities more control to shape their futures. I am delighted to see communities applying for Community Choices funding and to read about the innovative and creative ways communities are working to address the issues that are important to the people in their community. It is also pleasing to see that we have engagement with Community Choices right across the country from Shetland to the Scottish Borders.


“The Community Choices Fund offers an opportunity for decisions to be made by people in their local communities who are best placed to know what their community needs.”


More information

£1.5m for Community Choices Fund

Participatory Budgeting in Scotland


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