Participatory budgeting

Participatory budgeting (PB) is recognised internationally as a way for people to have a direct say in how local money is spent.

We support PB as a tool for community engagement and for developing participatory democracy in Scotland. PB can:

  • support the principle of Public Service Reform that says people should have equal opportunity to participate in decisions shaping their local community and society
  • complement aspirations in the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 to give communities more powers to achieve their own ambitions
  • help deliver the Public Sector Equality Duty by advancing equality of opportunity and fostering good relations between different groups

Community Choices Fund

We support and promote PB nationally through our Community Choices Fund. The Fund is delivered in partnership with local authorities, communities and third sector organisations, and is implemented across policy areas including policing, health and social care, transport, and education.

The PB Scotland website provides accessible information on events, policy and resources in Scotland, as well as examples of Community Choices in action.

The PB Working Group meets on a bi-monthly basis and provides us with advice and guidance.

For more information see our Community Choices Fund guidance.

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Community Choices Fund 2018 to 2019

First launched in 2016/17, the Community Choices Fund supports participatory budgeting (PB) in Scotland. PB is recognised internationally as a way for local people to have a direct say in how public funds can be used to address local needs.

The PB Scotland website  provides more information about community choices events, policy and resources in Scotland, and profiles examples, pictures and videos of Community Choices in action.

To continue to support the growth of PB in Scotland, £750,000 of the Community Choices Fund is available for applications from community organisations and community councils in 2018/19. The fund is not open for applications from public authorities as continued practical support will be provided for mainstream PB activity.

How to apply.