participatory budgeting

Your Voice Your Choice Kincardine & Mearns

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There is still (just!) time to apply to this fund if you have a project which will enhance health, wellbeing or community links in Inverbervie, Gourdon, Benholm, Johnshaven or St Cyrus. Forms and FAQs are available from Aberdeenshire Council, Viewmount, Stonehaven, the KDP office 42 – 46 Barclay St, Stonehaven, and What’s On Inverbervie shop, 75 King St, Inverbervie. The closing date is next Friday 26 May, so don’t delay, apply today!

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Your Voice Your Choice Kincardine & Mearns is nearing the end of this year’s application phase!

Do you have an idea for a project which will help make a positive difference to health, wellbeing or community links for Inverbervie, Gourdon, Benholm, Johnshaven or St Cyrus?

 

If so, you could apply for up to £10,000 from a total available fund of £30,000. There is still time to submit an application for this year’s funding before the deadline of Friday 26th May.

Application forms are available from:

Aberdeenshire Council, Viewmount, Stonehaven

KDP Office, 42-46 Barclay St, Stonehaven

What’s On Bervie Shop, 75 King St, Inverbervie

You can also download the form from the website: www.ouraberdeenshire.org.uk/Application-Form-South-Mearns-2017

What is this?

This is an exciting initiative where decisions on which projects get funding are made not by politicians or officers but by the people who will benefit the most – the people who live in the Coastal Strip villages of Inverbervie, Gourdon, Benholm, Johnshaven and St Cyrus. ‘Participatory Budgeting’ as this process is known is all about removing barriers and getting communities directly involved in local decision-making – putting the power in the hands of the local community.

Who can apply?

Anyone who has an idea that will benefit people living in the eligible Coastal Strip villages above. This can be any community group (including informal groups), voluntary or non-profit organisations.

Where can I get further information?

If you would like some advice or support with making an application, please get in touch – we have a team of advisors who would be delighted to help.

Email: yourvoiceyourchoiceKandM@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

Tel: Aberdeenshire Council Community Planning (01569) 768327

Your Voice Your Choice Drop-in Sessions

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The Participatory Budgeting initiative is aimed at improving health, wellbeing and community connectedness in the Mearns coastal villages of Inverbervie, Gourdon, Johnshaven, Benholm and St Cyrus. Groups and individuals interested in applying for a share of the £30k funding are warmly invited to come along to informal drop-in sessions to find out more. These will run from 10am – 1pm then 7pm -9pm as follows:

Monday 8th May – St Cyrus Hall

Tuesday 9th May – Harbour Bar, Gourdon

Visit the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Your-Voice-Your-Choice-Kincardine-Mearns-1682423285392707/ for more updates, or contact Lesley Robertson on 01569 7683274  for further information.

Feedback: Community Empowerment Conference June 2016, Laurencekirk

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Community Empowerment is big and supported by new legislation. The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act received Royal Assent on 24 July 2015.

Local partners is Kincardine & Mearns are putting in efforts to prepare themselves and communities for the opportunities it is bringing and the event held in Laurencekirk on June 16th was part of this.  Read the rest of this entry »

New website for participatory budgeting in Scotland launches

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PB

PB Scotland is a new website for sharing and learning about the great work being done by participatory budgeting (PB) initiatives around Scotland. Funded by the Scottish Government, the website will provide updates on events, policy and resources relevant to PB in Scotland, and
profile good examples of PB across the country and beyond.
Visit PB Scotland at: http://pbscotland.scot.