Participatory Budgeting is a process where projects can apply for a grant, and the public then vote on the projects they want to receive the funding.
We have worked in partnership with the Scottish Government, Lochee Parish Church, Coldside Church, Douglas & Mid-Craigie Church, Dundee West Church, Balgay Church, Dundee City Council and local community officers to deliver Particpatory Budgeting in Dundee, supporting projects city wide to apply and engaging with the community to enable them to vote.
Over the 4 years that we have run PB;
projects were shortlisted
projects were funded
These projects have used the funding to positively impact their community, including setting up community cafes, cooking groups and local gardening and growing initiatives, supporting vulnerable young people, running activities for older people and developing resources to support people in recovery.
In 2020, despite the restrictions of the pandemic, we supported 13 projects to apply, 6 of which were successfully funded, including 5 faith community projects. Of the £9454 applied for, £9375 was distributed between the 6 winning projects.
The list of winners, and all projects shortlisted in 2020, can be found on the Dundee PB Facebook Page.
In 2021/22 we supported 13 projects to apply, 6 of which were successfully funded, including 2 faith communities. Of the £7,010 applied for, £6,930 was distributed between the 6 winning projects.
The focus was reconnecting adults, giving them opportunities to reconnect after so much time isolated and apart. The projects funded will support a wild walkway for people with dementia and their families; budget cooking classes; activities at a community cafe; an informal language cafe for New Scots; a social group for older women; and home improvements for people on low incomes.
In 2016, after hearing people’s experiences of struggling to pay for funerals, we initiated the Funeral Poverty Action Group, bringing together representatives from the Pensioners Forum, faith communities and individuals with experience. Since its inception this group has enabled the development of a local response – Funeral Link, and is still campaigning for fairer funeral costs for people on lower incomes.
During To Absent Friends week, November 2020, Faith in Community Dundee partnered with Funeral Link to share some thoughts and light our candles together. This small time of reflection can be seen in the video below, and is still relevant for any who have lost a loved one.