Vote for who gets council grants to tackle poverty and inequalities

Dumfries and Galloway Council has again made £200,000 available to tackle poverty and inequalities in communities.

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 4:44 pm
Updated Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 4:54 pm
Voting closes at the end of the month

Grants of up to £15,000 are now being competed for and anyone over the age of 12 who lives in the region can vote for their favourite projects.

For this allocation of Participatory Budgeting (PB) Funding, the council is offering organisations the opportunity to increase their capacity by recruiting additional staff to support them to deliver their projects tackling poverty in our region.

This targeted approach to funding will support organisations to increase their capacity in order to deliver critical services during the on-going Covid-19 pandemic.

This funding can be used flexibly to create posts (part-time or full-time) or to continue existing posts where the funding has ended.

Twenty-nine projects have progressed to the Public Voting Stage – these include: Gatehouse Development Initiative - Wheels of Fleet, Food Train, Castle Douglas Information Technology Centre, Threave Rovers Youth Development, Sleeping Giants CIC on behalf of A Listening Ear, The Furniture Project Stranraer, and Galloway Action Team.

Due to Covid restrictions, there can’t be any In person events this year. Details of the applications are available at https://dga.communitychoices.scot/budgets where votes will be taken until April 30.

Councillor Andy Ferguson, chairman of the Communities Committee, said: “This latest round of Participatory Budgeting represents not only our council’s on-going commitment of allocating one per cent of our overall budget through public voting, but also to tackling poverty and inequalities throughout our region.

"Each of the organisations who are competing for your vote, deliver projects which help our most vulnerable individuals and residents within our four areas.

"This rare opportunity to increase or maintain the number of staff within their project comes at a vital time when so many groups who have delivered their exceptional services for so long urgently need additional help.

"That extra, vital pair of hands could not come at a better time and all of the funding allocated will go towards the costs of each of the posts which secure enough votes."