Participatory budgeting

Find out more about the funding available and how to apply.

What is Participatory Budgeting? 

Participatory budgeting (often shortened as PB) is a way for people to directly vote on how local money should be spent.  It comes in all shapes and size, but normally involves members of the community voting on how to spend part of the budget of a public body, such as a local council. 

It's happening across Scotland and is used alongside other models of community engagement and empowerment. It gives local people the opportunity to identify and discuss what matters to them in their communities and vote on their priorities.

Find out more about Participatory Budgeting

What is Grant Making PB? 

Grant making PB involves communities in developing community capacity to deliver local initiatives.

Building on the success of community-led grant making PB in Barrhead, Neilston and Thornliebank, developed and delivered by Linking Communities, the council have allocated further funds for grant-making PB in Busby, Eaglesham and Mearns Village and surrounding areas.   

We're looking for local residents in those areas to get involved by forming Steering Groups/Planning Groups to manage the process and host a community event where local people can vote for the projects or groups they'd like to receive a share of the funding. 

Green Participatory budgeting  

Green PB is a way for people to make direct decisions about how budgets are spent addressing climate change and reducing our carbon footprints.  It can be about the entire PB processes delivering green aims, or parts of a PB process that make a climate impact.

Find out more about Green Participatory Budgeting

If you are interested in Green PB, we're looking for volunteers who live anywhere within East Renfrewshire to form a Steering /Planning Group for this, specifically around food projects. In total, £20,000 has been allocated to communities across East Renfrewshire to benefit.

The Community Learning & Development (CLD) Team, alongside Linking Communities will provide ongoing training and support to local residents and steering groups.

Get involved

We're looking for volunteers who live in Busby to form a Steering /Planning Group to deliver an allocated grant of £15,000 for the community.

All of the Participatory Budgeting Information Sessions have taken place, however there's still time to get involved.  For more information contact Carolann or Claire at:   

Last modified on 27 November 2023