Community Choices Fund

Community Choices Fund
Scottish Government 
30.11.16

 

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 

 

Organisation
Project Title
Funding

Aberdeen City Council & Community Planning Aberdeen
U Decide
£100,000

Aberdeenshire Health & Social Care Partnership
Aberdeenshire PB Programme
£93,000

Clackmannanshire Council
Community Matters
£37,000

East Ayrshire Council
You Decide
£63,000

Edinburgh City Council
City of Edinburgh PB Programme
£80,000

Falkirk CPP
Community Changes
£48,000

Fife Council
Forward West Fife
£30,000

Highland Council
Highland Decides
£62,000

North Ayrshire CPP
Your Money You Decide
£66,525

Perth & Kinross Council
Local CPPs
£55,000

Shetland Islands Council
Shetland Community Choices
£67,480

South Ayrshire Council
South Ayrshire Decide – Phase 2
£46,500

 

 

Community Organisations 

Organisation
Project Title
Funding

Ardenglen Housing Association Social Committee, Castlemilk
Cost of School Day – reducing the impact of family poverty
£47,586

West of Scotland Regional Equality Council, Glasgow
Over to you – B Empowered
£74,996

Burnfoot Community Futures Housing, Hawick
Hands Up Burnfoot
£39,000

Cambuslang Community Council, South Lanarkshire
Greening Cambuslang: changing neighbourhoods for the better
£58,960

East Ayrshire Tenants & Residents Federation, Kilmarnock
EATRF: Working Together for Better Communities
£85,000

Girvan Youth Trust, South Ayrshire
2Kare for South Carrick Award Scheme
£29,959

Kirkconnel and Kelloholm Development Trust, Dumfries and Galloway
KKDT Community Choices PB Fund
£23,500

Leith Links Community Council, Edinburgh
CommUNITY Links Brightening Local Lives
£20,869

Maryhill Housing Association, Glasgow
Vocalise to Localise
£25,000

Melness and Tongue Community Development Trust, Highlands
Up North! Community Chest
£22,410

North Carrick Community Benefit Company, South Ayrshire
Particpate, Activate, Regenerate (PAR)
£95,868

North Glasgow Housing Association Ltd
Young Voice of North Glasgow
£70,000

The Joint Community Councils of Moray
Moray Chooses
£46,500

tsiMORAY
#YouChoose
£47,500

Voluntary Action Orkney
Your Island Your Choice
£34,225

Young Peoples Future (YPF), Glasgow
Spirit of Ruchill/Possilpark
£25,455

 

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