Scottish Government has announced the latest round of the Community Choices Fund, giving community organisations and community councils an opportunity to run their own participatory budgeting (PB) events.
With £750,000 available, groups can apply for £20,000 – £100,000 to disperse using PB, as well as for support costs to help run the process.
According to PB Scotland, community-led, small grants events have shown to be a vital element of PB, bringing local people together to make better decisions for their communities.
This year, the wider Community Choices Fund will be focused on mainstreaming, using PB to decide on larger public budgets (as shown in a new upcoming film). The fund will also be used to build local and national capacity for the public and third sectors (including PB Scotland).
The money is part of the £20 million Empowering Communities Fund, which the government aims to use in tackling poverty and inequalities in communities, with participatory budgeting a key part of that work.
The Community Choices Fund fund will also be used to build local and national capacity for the public and third sectors (including PB Scotland), and providing targeted IT, training and practical support for local authorities as they continue towards a minimum of 1% of budgets being subject to PB by 2020/21.
PB Scotland will continue to cover the PB activity happening across Scotland over the coming year.
To apply to the Community Choices Fund, or for further information, please visit the Scottish Government website.