£1.5m for Community Choices Fund

People to have more say on how money is spent.

Communities 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, and 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.

The fund received well over 100 applications with 16 successful community projects and 12 public authorities spanning the breadth of Scotland. A full list of successful applicants is provided below.

The projects include:

  • The Joint Community Councils of Moray, £46,500 to use the Community Choices process to help tackle social isolation
  • Aberdeen City Council, £100,000 to target the 8 most deprived areas in the city to help reduce community isolation
  • Edinburgh City Council, £81,895 to support events on health and hate crime
  • North Carrick Community Benefit Company, £95,868 to recruit 8 community participation champions from underrepresented communities
  • Burnfoot Community Futures Housing, Hawick £39,000 to address social and community needs.

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.”

Notes to editors

The Community Choices Fund builds on the Scottish Government investment in participatory budgeting over the last two years.

More information about participatory budgeting is available at: http://pbscotland.scot

A full list of the projects is below:

Public authorities


Project Title


Aberdeen City Council & Community Planning Aberdeen

U Decide


Aberdeenshire Health and 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 Decides - Phase 2


Community projects


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

Participate, 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 Futures (YPF), Glasgow

Spirit of Ruchill/Possilpark



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