Participatory budgeting

About participatory budgeting

Initially developed in Brazil, participatory budgeting (PB) 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 requirements. Different PB models exist, although it normally involves members of the community deciding through a voting process how to spend part of the budget of a public agency such as a local authority.

View the South Ayrshire Participatory Budgeting video.

Troon and villages 'decision days'

Five Decision Days have been held in the Troon and Villages Locality to date. 129 local groups have received funding to run projects across the locality. The latest event, held on Saturday 9th February, saw 22 groups participate with almost 280 people turning out to vote. Funding was provided by South Ayrshire Health & Social Care Partnership, South Ayrshire Council and South Ayrshire Alcohol and Drug Partnership.

For more information please email seonaid.lewis@south-ayrshire.gov.uk or telephone 01292 559 359.

View a full list of groups and projects:

Prestwick and villages 'decision days'

Six Decision Days have been held in the Prestwick and Villages Locality to date. Two have been pitching events and four marketplace events. 116 projects have received funding totaling more than £140,000, with 1580 people voting across the 6 events. The criteria for the latest Decision Day, held in Prestwick Academy on the 9th March 2019, was aligned to the Prestwick and Villages Locality Planning Group’s key priorities; which include tackling social isolation, promoting positive mental wellbeing, caring for carers and access to information & services. 19 groups took part, with more than 360 people turning out to vote.

For more information please email seonaid.lewis@south-ayrshire.gov.uk or telephone 01292 559 359.

Ayr North and villages 'decision days'

Ayr South and Coylton 'decision days'

South Carrick 'decision days'

Since the introduction of Participatory Budgeting (PB) in South Ayrshire, five Decision Days have been held in the South Carrick Locality. In total, 117 groups have received funding totaling more than £180,000 to grow and develop local projects.

Two of these events have been organised by a group of local young people who have been supported by staff at Girvan Youth Trust to make it happen. These events were a tremendous success and credit to all who were involved. The South Carrick Locality Planning Group organised the other events with the latest one having taken place in rural village of Colmonell on Saturday 17th March 2018. Detailed below are the specifics for each event, including successful groups and the amounts awarded.

North Carrick 'decision days'

Within North Carrick, five Decision Days have taken place to date. During these events, 102 community groups have participated and received funding totaling over £150,000 for local initiatives and projects. Alongside council funding for this work, the North Carrick Community Benefit Company (NCCBC) provided a significant amount of money for PB and a special thanks must go to the organisation for their contribution to the work locally.

Detailed below are the specifics for each event, including successful groups and the amounts awarded on the day.