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Community Choices Fund

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 Projects

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

Background

Questions

If you have any questions about the fund please email: community.empowerment@gov.scot