Voice Your Choice Funding Returns to Scarborough
Community groups and organisations are being offered the opportunity to apply for funding for projects that help to empower communities in Scarborough.
Councillors from Scarborough Borough Council’s Central Urban Area Committee have given the go ahead for £12,500 to be allocated by the successful Voice Your Choice participatory budgeting scheme in partnership with Scarborough Urban Area Forum.
Participatory budgeting is a process where decisions on how public money is spent are made by residents themselves rather than elected officials or officers. The council’s Central Urban Area Committee has been allocating its community grants budget in this way since 2010 and has welcomed residents of the Scarborough Urban Area to participate in open decision making events where they decide which community projects they want to see receive funding. In previous years more than 150 residents have turned out to participate in the voting process.
The theme for this year’s Voice Your Choice scheme is ‘Empowering Communities’. Groups are invited to submit applications that will address at least one of the following
- Capacity building - providing people with the confidence, skills and resources they need to make a positive difference in their community
- Opportunity to influence decision-making - local people playing a more active role to bring about change in their community
- Communication - projects that develop robust channels of communication and dialogue between individuals, groups, decision-makers. Supporting groups and organisations to promote their good work within their community
- Increasing participation - breaking down barriers to ensure that all members of the community have a chance to participate at a level that they feel comfortable with.
The funding scheme is being overseen by a steering group made up of elected committee representatives and community representatives from the forum. The fund is open to community and not for profit organisations. The deadline for applications is Monday 25 January 2016.
People wanting more information or to request an application pack should contact Kerry Lee by emailing email@example.com or calling 01723 232472.
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