Bids invited for new community funding – get your thinking caps on!

Here’s something intriguing to think about in the New Year! Perth & Kinross Council has opened up something it calls the Participatory Budgeting process. There’s £20,000 on offer for community projects in the Blairgowrie and the Glens Ward in the Eastern Perthshire Partnership Action area (there’s a similar amount available in the other two wards in the area).
 
You can apply for any sum from £50 – £3,000 to pay for, or help pay for, projects that will:
· respond to neighbourhood priorities and address local inequalities;
· benefit as many people as possible from across the community;
· meet a need that is not currently being met;
· take place before end March 2019.
 
Applications can be submitted by community groups and partnerships. Groups do not require to be constituted though they would have to have a suitable bank account where funding could be held; a personal account is not eligible. The closing date for applications is Monday 29th January and you can download a copy of the application form here: Eastern Perthshire PB application form 2018
Residents in each Council Ward will be invited to vote on projects for their local area. You can vote online (details to be sent out later) or in person in Coupar Angus Town Hall on Saturday 24th February.
PKC are holding a couple of information sessions…on Tuesday 16th January in Rattray Community Connect from 1pm – 3.30pm, and on the same day in Alyth Community Wing from 4.30pm – 7.30pm to which you are invited to drop in for information, advice etc. Further sessions to be arranged in the New Year.