£eith decides 2016 - 17

Applications are now invited for £eith decides 2016-17.

£eith decides 2016-17 not only continues to allocate £22,092 in grants of up to £1,000, but will hand-over the decision-making power for the allocation of grants of up to £3,000 with a further £22,092.  The decision-making period will start at the event on Saturday, 8 October at Leith Community Education Centre, New Kirkgate.  Results will be announced on Tuesday, 1 November 2016 at McDonald Road Library.

Leith Neighbourhood Partnership made the decision to give the decision-making power to local people for all of the Community Grants Fund in March 2016.  Read the report here.  A further report on the impact on local voluntary organisations was noted in May 2016.

Who can vote?

Anyone aged 8+ who lives, works, volunteers or studies in the Leith Neighbourhood Partnership area can vote.

What is '£eith decides'?

£eith decides is an approach used by Leith Neighbourhood Partnership to allocate its Community Grants Fund.

This type of approach is called Participatory Budgeting (PB) and allows you to decide about issues that matter to you.  If you're part of a local group you can put forward your own ideas, and then local people vote on them.  So it is more than asking people what they think - local people make the decisions.

Getting Involved

Everyone who is eligible can get involved by voting/scoring projects.  £eith decides could not happen without local volunteers.  Volunteers from Community Councils have been planning and delivering on £eith decides for six years and are now in their seventh year.  Volunteers are also needed to staff the event, register voters, helping people understand the process and counting the votes.

You can also help by spreading the word.  You could know about a small group who meets to provide support for each other, learn a new skill or for any other reason who could use some money, even a few hundred pounds.

Remember, Leith Neighbourhood Partnership covers a wide area, across two council wards (Leith and Leith Walk).  See the map.

Useful information:

Got a questions about PB or the £eith decides process? Want to get more involved?  Check our FAQs or contact Loraine at  leith.decides@edinburgh.gov.uk

You can also look at the evaluation reports from the last 5 years of £eith decides. You'll get more detail here about who has applied, how many people have voted and which projects got funding.

Keep up to date on www.facebook.com/voteforleithdecides