Stirling Council is delighted to announce a fund of £130,000 open now to community groups to deliver activities that will improve their community - DEADLINE for applications is 16 March 2018
Update 8 March 2018 : We wish to clarify that there will be two separate presentation/voting events at which the funding is allocated based on the decisions of the local people attending the events, one rural and one urban. Therefore if you are a group or organisation that works in both rural and urban areas and wish to apply for funding, if the work you intend in your application will happen in both rural and urban areas then you should complete two application forms, and be prepared to have someone in attendance at each event to present the idea. Then the local people from the rural areas will vote on what they would like to see funded in their area, and similarly for the urban areas. You can apply for a maximum of £10,000 in each area. We hope this now makes the process clearer but if you have any questions please contact Jean Cowie 01786 233143 or Pam Campbell 01786 233141.
Stirling Council, as part of our locality planning processes, has been successful in securing £65,000 to distribute to community groups, from the Scottish Government’s community choices fund. We have matched the grant, creating a fund of £130,000 for community groups, to enable them to deliver activities throughout Stirlingshire.
The Your Place, Your Priorities initiative allows the local community to decide which projects are needed and should be funded in their area.
Any local community, voluntary or non-profit groups can apply to this fund – even informal groups. Funding of £500 to £10,000 is available to put each idea into action. Informal groups should seek the support of a formal group which is willing to hold the grant award in its bank account and manage payments as the project is delivered. All activities will have to happen in areas of Stirling and benefit local people.
To apply for the funding you must return the attached form before midday on Friday 16th March 2018, and be prepared to present your idea at an event on Saturday 24th March. Two presentation and voting events will take place on Saturday 24th March 2018, one in Stirling High School and one in Callander Primary School. Applicants will present their projects and local community members in attendance will vote on all the applications presented. Decisions will be made on the day.
We have provided a link to a short video the Church and Society Council produced as part of its Speak Out initiative Doing Politics Differently, explaining Participatory Budgeting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKdIllMhrA0