Participatory Budgeting: Your Community, Your Money, You Decide!
Your Community, Your Money, You Decide! is the third phase of Tackling Poverty through Participatory Budgeting (PB) Funding which is specifically designed to give people the opportunity to make decisions on funding for anti-poverty projects within their local area. We want to ensure that local people and communities are at the heart of our decision making. Together we we'll be able to achieve more and better outcomes for our local communities through PB.
2019/20 Voting Events
How it works
We are introducing Participatory Budgeting for 1% of our budget to let local communities directly influence spending decisions in their areas.
We will do this by:
- working with people in your community to identify local priorities
- generating solutions to meet local priorities
- choosing the most popular solutions
What we are doing in 2019/2020
PB Funding Phase 3 Tackling Poverty - Your Community, Your Money, You Decide!
£200,000 of Tackling Poverty Through Participatory Budgeting Funding is being made available for projects developed by community groups which will help to meet all of the following outcomes:
- Rural isolation particularly rural transport
- Fuel poverty
- Food and eating
- Financial Planning and Wellbeing Courses
- Developing hands on experience and new life skills through employment, peer group engagement and volunteering
The total funding pot available for each of our areas is detailed below:
Annandale & Eskdale
Applications are now closed for grants of between £100 and £5,000 - the final date for submitting project proposals was Friday 31 January 2020.
Please see below details of each of the applications within our four Areas who are applying for funding this year:
PB Online Voting
We have a new website this year which offers you the chance to vote online. Please access the link below which will take you to the site. All you need to do is complete a simple registration process then vote for three organisations which you wish to choose within your local Area.
Voting is open from 9:00am on Saturday 29 February 2020 and will close at midnight on Saturday 4 April 2020.
In light of COVID-19 and the concerns surrounding this, some organisations who were due to attend the in-person voting events for the Tackling Poverty Participatory Budgeting have advised that they are unable to attend the in-person voting events.
In order to ensure the integrity of the Participatory Budgeting voting process, and fairness for all organisations who deliver vital work in tackling poverty across Dumfries and Galloway and applied for participatory budgeting funding, a decision has been taken to cancel all remaining in-person voting events.
Online voting will remain open until Saturday 4 April, allowing everyone who wants to vote the opportunity to do so. You can find out about the applicants and vote by visiting:
For more information, please e-mail the Tackling Poverty and Inequalities Team on Challenge.Poverty@dumgal.gov.uk or call 01387 260243.