Community Choices Fund

Community Choices Fund
Scottish Government 


In February 2016, the Scottish Government announced a new £2 million Community Choices Fund to support participatory budgeting (PB) in 2016/17 as a tool for community engagement. PB is recognised internationally as a way for local people to have a direct say in how, and where, public funds can be used to address local needs. Targeted particularly at work in deprived areas, the fund will build on the support provided by the Scottish Government for PB since 2014, and is part of a broader agenda around democratic innovation and engaged citizenship. 


Part of the new Community Choices Fund is being used to continue with a national PB package of support which includes producing learning resources, maintaining a PB website, funding on-going consultancy support, digital tools, and an evaluation programme, hosting learning exchange events, supporting community members to engage in PB, and investing in a capacity building programme for Scotland. 


Fund for Applications – 2016/17


£1.5 million of the Community Choices Fund was available in two categories of £750,000 each. Category one was for Public Authorities which includes Local Authorities and other Public Bodies. Category two was for Community Organisations and Community Councils. The funds aim is to support PB activity which will significantly expand opportunities for more local people to make decisions on local spending priorities and contribute to local democracy.


A total of 137 applications were received to the sum of £7,097,287. Of those 23 were from public authorities totalling £1,322,385 and 114 from community organisations totalling £5,774,902. See press release for more details. A full list of successfull applicants is provided below:



Public Authorities 


Project Title

Aberdeen City Council & Community Planning Aberdeen
U Decide

Aberdeenshire Health & Social Care Partnership
Aberdeenshire PB Programme

Clackmannanshire Council
Community Matters

East Ayrshire Council
You Decide

Edinburgh City Council
City of Edinburgh PB Programme

Falkirk CPP
Community Changes

Fife Council
Forward West Fife

Highland Council
Highland Decides

North Ayrshire CPP
Your Money You Decide

Perth & Kinross Council
Local CPPs

Shetland Islands Council
Shetland Community Choices

South Ayrshire Council
South Ayrshire Decide – Phase 2



Community Organisations 

Project Title

Ardenglen Housing Association Social Committee, Castlemilk
Cost of School Day – reducing the impact of family poverty

West of Scotland Regional Equality Council, Glasgow
Over to you – B Empowered

Burnfoot Community Futures Housing, Hawick
Hands Up Burnfoot

Cambuslang Community Council, South Lanarkshire
Greening Cambuslang: changing neighbourhoods for the better

East Ayrshire Tenants & Residents Federation, Kilmarnock
EATRF: Working Together for Better Communities

Girvan Youth Trust, South Ayrshire
2Kare for South Carrick Award Scheme

Kirkconnel and Kelloholm Development Trust, Dumfries and Galloway
KKDT Community Choices PB Fund

Leith Links Community Council, Edinburgh
CommUNITY Links Brightening Local Lives

Maryhill Housing Association, Glasgow
Vocalise to Localise

Melness and Tongue Community Development Trust, Highlands
Up North! Community Chest

North Carrick Community Benefit Company, South Ayrshire
Particpate, Activate, Regenerate (PAR)

North Glasgow Housing Association Ltd
Young Voice of North Glasgow

The Joint Community Councils of Moray
Moray Chooses


Voluntary Action Orkney
Your Island Your Choice

Young Peoples Future (YPF), Glasgow
Spirit of Ruchill/Possilpark


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