Six initiatives chosen for grant funding

The new community bus may not be as elegant, but it will be faster.
The new community bus may not be as elegant, but it will be faster.

Dumfries & Galloway Council held its first ever participatory budgeting public voting event in the west of the region earlier this month.

Participatory budgeting is a way in which local people can make decisions on which services and projects in their areas they would like to see funded.

In the Wigtown area 15 projects were put forward designed to tackle poverty from the challenges of rurality to education on affordable cooking and confidence building for vulnerable groups.

More than 140 people attended the Wigtown County Buildings on the day to engage personally with each project and learn more about how the projects would tackle the challenges poverty brings to local people.

Once the voting was completed and counted the following six projects attracted enough votes to be awarded funding from the pot of £48,240.

Whithorn & District Community bus - Award of £20,000 (full award).

On the Road to Opportunity – Whithorn Youth Group. Award of £20,000 (full award).

Teas, Tots & Tales – weekly meet to provide opportunities to work. Award of £875.00 (full award).

Certificated Courses and Creating Affordable Meals – Both projects have been developed by the Newton Stewart Learners Forum. Award of £2,280.00 (full award).

An Award For All – The Local Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. Award of £4,388.70 (partial award).

Councillor Andy Ferguson, chairman of the council’s Communities Committee, said, “Our Council has a commitment of putting people at the heart of local decision making, PB creates the opportunity to do that.”