BUILDING A BETTER BADENOCH & STRATHSPEY! YOUR CHANCE TO HAVE YOUR SAY.
Participatory budgeting is coming to Badenoch & Strathspey! ‘PB’ is a process that lets the local community decide for themselves which community projects are needed in their area and involves locals in ensuring public money is well spent. To help get this off the ground in Badenoch and Strathspey, the local Councillors have set aside £15,000 of grant funding from the Ward Discretionary Budget and this has been matched by £15,000 by the Scottish Government - bringing the total pot to £30,000.
The fund is open to any local community, voluntary or non-profit organisations based in Badenoch & Strathspey. Projects can be large or small, add value to existing projects or be something completely new.
How do you apply?
Grants can be applied for from £200 to £2000 and you must submit your application before 5pm on Tuesday 31st January 2017. If your idea fits, the community will get to vote for the best ideas at an event to be held on Saturday 25th February 2017 at the Carrbridge Village Hall from 10am.
At the event you will be required to present your idea to the community. The event is open to all, and individuals who would like to help decide are invited to come along and vote for their favourite projects. Those in attendance vote on all the applications and decisions are made on the day.
Cllr Bill Lobban, Area Chair, who sits on the local implementation working group said “This is handing decision making to the Community at the most local level. I would encourage as many individuals or groups to take part in this exciting initiative to ensure it brings benefits to local communities and is a success across Badenoch & Strathspey.”
Applications can also be accessed online from the Highland Council Website. www.highland.gov.uk