Community groups in South Carrick secure fresh funding through public vote

 29 August 2016  |  

21 groups shared in £15k of funding at the Decision Day

21 groups shared in £15k of funding at the Decision Day

21 community groups are celebrating after landing fresh funding to help support their work. More than 110 voters turned out to take part in the 'South Carrick Decides' event, which is part of a new way of encouraging people to get actively involved in local decision making known as 'Participatory Budgeting'.

A fund of up to £15,000 was available at the event, with community groups pitching to an audience of local people about their proposal and how it will benefit the community. Anyone over the age of 12 could vote. After all the pitches were heard, the audience voted to fully fund 21 of the groups up to £750, with five runners-up being awarded £130 each.*

Among the projects to benefit: Allowing Lendalfoot Community Association to save lives through the purchase of a defibrillator, getting older people online at the Boyle Court Library Group, and lighting up the skies with a fireworks display for Girvan and District Entertainment and Attractions Association.

The money was made available from the South Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership, the Scottish Government, and The Big Lottery Fund. The aim is let communities decide which local projects get funding.

Councillor Rita Miller, Chair of the South Ayrshire Integration Joint Board and South Ayrshire Council's Portfolio Holder for Health and Social Care, said the investment would make a real difference to the community, "All the groups taking part are making a real difference to their communities, and it's encouraging to see so many being successful in securing fresh funding.

"Our new participatory budget approach to grants allows people to prioritise projects that they feel most strongly about which empowers communities to take greater control of decisions that directly affect them.

"This new way of working is central to our commitment to respond to local needs and I'm pleased to say the decision days are proving popular with nearly 100 different groups having benefitted in the last four months."

Special thanks goes to J Carruthers and Sons, Battleys, James Frew, Lyreco, and Glenapp Castle for their support on the day.

*A full list of the projects can be found here.