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Local groups and individuals on Arran are being given an opportunity to secure much-needed funds as North Ayrshire Council has confirmed that the the island will be the latest locality hosting a Participatory Budgeting event.
These events were first rolled out in 2016 – across the council’s six localities – and proved hugely successful with a raft of groups receiving significant sums of money. And the process is underway again on Arran, culminating in ‘Decision Day’ on Saturday March 23. Applicants are invited to bid for up to £1,000.
Applications should demonstrate that funding would help improve at least one of the following on Arran: reducing social isolation, improving community well-being and moving around the island (e.g. cycling, walking) and improvements to accessibility for outdoor activities.
An additional £5,000 is available from North Ayrshire Green Health Partnership for bids of up to £1,000. Bids should help improve nature-based activities on the island and a separate application is available.
Closing date for applications – which you can get by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org – is February 25 at 5pm. Applications can also be collected from Brodick Library.
Those who are on the shortlist will be invited to Decision Day at Arran High School from 10.30am to 1pm, where they will make a bid for funding in a ‘marketplace’ format.
Local residents are invited to the event to decide which projects to fund. They will vote for the projects that they believe will most benefit their community and support their local priorities. Voting is open to anyone aged eight and over who lives, works or volunteers on the island.
Councillor Louise McPhater, cabinet member for communities, said: ‘Participatory Budgeting is community empowerment and local democracy at its finest. We’ve held five really successful ones last year in the Three Towns, Irvine, Kilwinning, the Garnock Valley and the North Coast and we’re expecting lots of groups from Arran to get involved in the latest.
‘Local people know their communities better than anyone else. They have been involved in designing the PB process via the Locality Planning Partnerships. These events give people a chance to get involved and have a say on what’s important to them.
‘We welcome applications from anyone and will deal with each individually and on its own merits. Good luck!’
Further information on all six of North Ayrshire’s localities and their priorities are available at www.northayrshire.community.
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