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Participatory Budgeting Initiative

Partick and Thornwood Ideas Fund

Partick and Thornwood Ideas Fund is a Participatory Budgeting (PB) initiative funded by the Scottish Government Investing in Communities fund. PB is a democratic way for local people to have a direct say on how public money is spent in their community. The following videos explain how it works:

PB in Scotland (with BSL & subtitles) from Annie Cook on Vimeo.

Annexe Communities was successful in securing £40,000 to disburse during 2020/2022 - to roll out our PB initiative - Partick and Thornwood ideas Fund. Partick and Thornwood are neighbourhoods in NW Glasgow. A steering group led by Annexe Communities was formed in 2020 consisting of representatives of community councils, local churches, residents and Partick Housing Association. The group decides on the format and process of each round of funds – ensuring applications are accessible to all who are eligible. A simple and accessible online and telephone voting system has been established – particularly important during Covid restrictions.

Residents (individuals or groups) can apply to fund an idea that will the local area and grants range from £150 to £1,000. Ideas are limitless but must benefit the local community. And in turn residents can cast up to three votes for their favourite ideas.

The first round was launched in October 2020. A total of 32 applications were received - 23 from local groups and nine from individuals. Following a public vote, 1,687 votes were cast and 19 Ideas were successful in receiving funds.

Ideas included activities for a sheltered housing complex, running costs for men’s groups, equipment for outdoor growing projects, vital equipment for art and knitting groups. Individual ideas included an LGBTQ project and reiki training manuals.

The second round of funding launched on Monday 18th January 2021. This time inviting applications from young people aged 18 and younger. More info coming soon…