Local youth groups urged not to miss out on chance to apply for £1,000 funding
Posted on 28 Sep 2021
Could your community group or project use funding from North Ayrshire Council to make a difference to the lives of young people in your community?
Local people and groups from across North Ayrshire are being invited to bid for participatory funding for community youth projects.
The latest round of the Council’s Young People’s Participatory Budgeting scheme is now open for online submissions and youth community groups have the chance to secure up to £1,000 per project.
Applications can be sent in by individuals, clubs, groups and Parent Councils and should fit with at least one of the following themes:
- Health and wellbeing
- Poverty and inequality
- Voice and participation
- Digital connections
The closing date for submissions is before midnight on Sunday 17 October 2021. Application forms can be completed on Microsoft forms here: https://forms.office.com/r/JLe51qFnHa
Application forms are also available online from the Community Planning Partnership website: http://northayrshire.community/youthpb21/43414 or, you can request a word document version by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are looking for guidance before applying, the Council are running an online support session to help submit your Youth PB applications, this will take place on Zoom on Thursday 7 October 7.15pm until 8.15pm. If you would like to take part email: email@example.com in advance for further details.
A total of £97,500 is available to share between all of the six North Ayrshire localities – Irvine, Kilwinning, Three Towns, Arran, Garnock Valley, and the North Coast – including £47,000 which will focus on young people’s mental health and wellbeing.
Even if you’re not bidding for funds, you can play an important role by voting for the projects that you believe will best use the funding.
Voting is open to all eight to 25-year-olds who live in North Ayrshire and will be officially opening on Monday 8 November, with the vote going live on the Young Scot website on the same day. Voting will close at 12 noon on Friday 19 November 2021.
Access to the online voting platform will be through your Young Scot National Entitlement Card – or you can obtain a temporary number to vote by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will also be the opportunity to vote in schools and youth groups.
Emily Nix, Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament (Cunninghame South), said: “It is only right that our young people are able to decide which projects they’d most like to see funded in their area.
“Despite the challenges of the pandemic, last year, 71 local clubs were able to benefit from funding through our Young People’s Participatory Budgeting scheme after 3,500 votes were cast by local young people.
“We have really enjoyed seeing the difference that these vital grants have made to the lives of young people across North Ayrshire, and we hope that this year’s scheme will be just as successful.”
Councillor Louise McPhater, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “It is extremely important to us that communities have a say in how funding is being spent.
“We have many fantastic groups and projects throughout North Ayrshire doing a great job week in, week out for our younger residents, many of which are run by young people themselves, and their hard work is more important than ever after such a challenging year for our young people and extended communities.
“If you haven’t already, I would urge anyone who is currently involved in such a project, or has ambitions to start one, to please get in touch and submit an application, or sign up for our upcoming online event where you can find out more information and get help with the bid application process.”
To find out more about North Ayrshire Council’s Participatory Budgeting schemes, visit www.northayrshire.community/get-involved/participatory-budgeting-in-north-ayrshire.
It’s your money, you decide!