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.

Mearns News

Mearns Matters Participatory Budgeting 

Mearns Matters PB Steering Group is delighted to invite you to the community voting event on:

Saturday 27 April, from 11am-1pm
The Edge (at Fairweather Hall)
Barrhead Road
Newton Mearns
G77 6BB

Come along and vote for where you think funding should go in our community.

Mearns Matters PB-Voting Eligibility: Geographical Boundray Map

Mearns map - larger

Please note: The area indicated within the blue line is where the fund is focused.


Who can vote

  • You can vote if you live, work or attend a group in Mearns Village and the surrounding area - see map
  • Primary school aged children and above can vote!

Supported by East Renfrewshire Community Learning and Development Team. 

Busby News

Bringing Busby Together Participatory Budgeting - Voting Event

Bringing Busby Together PB Steering Group invites you to the community voting event on Saturday 9 March from 2pm to 4pm at:

Busby Church Hall
20 Church Road
Busby, G76 8EB

Come along to vote for where you think funding should go in our community.

Who can vote?

  • You can vote if you live, work or study in Busby
  • Primary school aged children and above can vote!

Supported by East Renfrewshire Council Community Learning and Development Team

Eaglesham News

Enjoy Eaglesham - You Decide Participatory Budgeting Applications now closed

We invited residents who live in Eaglesham with an idea for a group or a project that could benefit the local community to apply for £250 to £1,500.

Applications closed on 9 February.

Food for Thought

Applications now closed

£20,000 has been allocated to distribute to local food growing community groups and activities across East Renfrewshire in the first PB in East Renfrewshire with a focus on food growing. 

Applications closed on 15 February.

Last modified on 23 April 2024