Local projects, local funding, decided by local people

Published Date: 

7 Apr 2017 - 16:58

Projects put forward by local communities are now being put to the vote, with residents of Argyll and Bute invited to choose how they would like £15,000 to be spent locally.

Argyll and Bute Council secured £15,000 of Scottish Government funding to let communities decide how to “strengthen and grow Gaelic” in the area.  

Community groups and constituted not-for profit organisations have put forward ideas for how the money could be spent.

Members of the public are now invited to vote for which of fourteen ideas they would like to be funded.  

Projects are wide ranging, cover Argyll and Bute, and encompass education, music and culture.

The voting process, known as ‘Participatory Budgeting’ (PB), is recognised worldwide as a way for local people to have a direct say in how, and where, public funds are spent to address local needs. 

Anyone who lives in Argyll and Bute and is aged 16 or over can vote online and choose which projects will receive a share of the funding at www.abpb.co.uk. Voting closes on 6th May and you can take part, even if you’re not registered or eligible to vote in electoral elections.

Donald MacVicar, Head of Culture and Community Services said: “This is an exciting pilot scheme for Argyll and Bute. The response from local communities has been very encouraging and a range of ideas have been put forward. Voting is quick and easy via the ABPB  website - www.ABPB.co.uk - and I would encourage as many people as possible, whether you are a Gaelic speaker or not, to log on and vote. This pilot exercise will help shape how funding is rolled out for other community projects in future.”

The projects that are competing for funding are:

  • Air Ghleus in Mull and Iona
  • Sandbank Primary School Summer Play Scheme
  • Fuaimean Craignish in Ardfern
  • Grow Our Own Gaelic Practitioners
  • Support Classes For Parents With Children In Gaelic Education
  • Awareness of Argyll Gaelic, Gaelic Drama Workshops for Teenagers
  • Dalriada Gaelic Immersion Weekend in Auchindrain
  • Helensburgh Gaelic Club
  • Youth Club for Gaelic Speaking Children
  • Support For School Libraries
  • Gaelic Heritage Project at Dunoon Burgh Hall
  • A Feasibility Study For A Stand Alone Gaelic School in Oban
  • A Mod Academy project

Log on to www.ABPB.co.uk to have your say. 

Notes to Editors:

A key aim of Participatory Budgeting is to engage local people to feel a sense of ownership in decisions made affecting their community, by encouraging them to vote on how budget decisions affecting their local community are made.

The Scottish Government supports Participatory Budgeting as a tool for community engagement which sits alongside the objectives of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 and as an important resource to build on the wider development of participatory democracy in Scotland. 

Since June 2014, the Scottish Government has been raising awareness of Participatory Budgeting and setting the conditions for it to be delivered in a meaningful and sustainable way across Scotland. 

In January 2016, the Scottish Government provided match funding and support of £530,000 to 14 Local Authorities to help them build on and maintain their PB activity, including Argyll and Bute.

For more information see:

http://www.gov.scot/Topics/People/engage/Participatory-budgeting

www.PBScotland.scot