Community Choices funds 33 participatory budgeting projects

News story posted: 25/10/2017

Scottish Government has announced the successful applicants for the latest Community Choices Fund.


Seventeen local authorities and 16 community organisations have received funding to organise participatory budgeting events. The events will allow members of the public to have their say on how the money is spent.

Funded community councils and community organisations include:


  • Joint Community Councils of Moray, Moray Council
  • Leith Links Community Council, City of Edinburgh Council
  • Royal Burgh of Arbroath and District Community Council


The full list of successful applicants is available on PB Scotland’s website - https://pbscotland.scot/blog/2017/10/24/15-million-for-community-choices


This £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.


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."


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