Funding, made available by the Scottish Government to strengthen and grow Gaelic in Argyll and Bute, has been distributed by a community vote in a participatory budgeting project piloted by the council.
The funding was allocated using an online voting system. 889 people cast their vote and chose how the £15,000 should be spent locally.
14 projects applied for the funding and five gained the most public votes and have been successful in their bids:
• Dalriada Gaelic immersion weekend at Auchindrain Township
• Support for school libraries
• Oban Mod Academy
• Air Ghleus - Promotion of Gaelic language, music and culture
• Feasibility for a stand-alone Gaelic school in Oban.
Cleland Sneddon, Argyll and Bute Council’s Chief Executive, said:
“We have tested participatory budgeting as a new way of putting funding to best use in our communities and received significant interest from the public. We thank everyone for taking part and will take the learning from this process to see where it can be applied in future.”
The pilot Participatory Budget project was supported by the Scottish Government and looks at whether digital voting makes participation in decision making about funding more accessible to people across a wide geographical area.
An evaluation of the project is currently underway.