SNP MSP Joan McAlpine has urged community groups in Dumfriesshire to apply for a new £2 million fund to help local communities have a greater say in decision-making.
The Scottish Government’s Community Choices Fund will allow community groups such as community councils and other constituted organisations to hold meetings with councils to decide how money is spent in their area. These are known as “participatory budgeting” events.
Participatory budgeting is recognised internationally as a way for local people to have a direct say in how, and where, public funds can be used to address local needs.
The Community Choices Fund is the latest step in the Scottish Government’s roll-out of participatory budgeting across Scotland.
Commenting, SNP MSP Joan McAlpine said:
“Every community in Scotland has different needs and challenges. We want to see more decision-making handed to local people – especially in choosing local spending priorities – and groups in Dumfriesshire shouldn’t miss out.
“The new Community Choices Fund is a real opportunity for communities to vote on investment, shape services and address the issues that are important in their area.
“It’s important that community organisations and community councils are able to take the lead and reach out to people in communities across the region.
“The SNP want to give communities more control to shape their futures – and I hope there is a range of ideas and applications from organisations across Dumfriesshire.”
Notes to editors
Background to the fund and guidance for applicants is online at http://www.gov.scot/Topics/People/engage/CommunityChoicesFund